Nissan has launched the production version of the all-new Murano crossover at the ongoing 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, shortly before the vehicle is sold throughout the United States on December 5.
The all-new Murano's exterior bears Nissan’s design direction, with the V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights, and unique "floating" roof. The dynamic exterior design carries into the interior with the refined instrument panel, low center console, advanced Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized power panoramic moonroof.
The all-new Murano is available in either front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive platform and in four trim levels. Powering it is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that's rated at 260hp and 325Nm, and mated to an Xtronic transmission that "offers sporty response and smoothness" and includes a new D-step Logic Control that supposedly simulates shifts for a more natural feeling of acceleration "without holding a high rpm constant."
Tweaks to the Murano are more than just aesthetics. Its handling and steering have also been enhanced through the use of new rebound springs and more rigid stabilizer bars, along with a quicker steering ratio and reduced steering angle that results in a tighter-turning radius.
Nissan also claims that the all-new Murano is 20% more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model, thanks in part to reduced weight, low rolling-resistance tires, air grille shutter, low 0.31 Cd, underbody covers that enhance underbody airflow, and improvements to the Xtronic transmission.
The all-new Nissan Murano was first revealed in April at the New York Auto Show.