2011 Nissan Murano Facelift: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Nissan has released the initial images for the first-ever European diesel version Murano SUV. Pricing for the 2011 Murano diesel was revealed earlier this month.

Nissan had to redesign the front end of the vehicle to fit in the diesel powerplant since it needed an enhanced airflow for improved cooling.

The Murano now features a revised front fascia that is a result of the "form follows function" principle but manages to offer a pleasant design.

Other changes that had to be done to accommodate the 2.5 liter four cylinder diesel powerplant include the larger air intake surface on the front grille and the redesigned bumper to offer more generous air intakes and fit in new fog lamps.

The engine delivers 190 hp and a maximum torque of 331.9 lb-ft (450 Nm). It returns a fuel economy of 8.0 liters per 100 km (29.4 US mpg) for the combined cycle and has 21- grams of CO2 emissions per km.

Power is distributed via an ALL-MODE 4x4 system. An Active Brake Limited Slip Differential is also used in this vehicle. In the UK, this vehicle is priced from 37,795 pounds.

Nissan has started taking orders, with deliveries to start in September. Nissan is placing tremendous value on this 2.5 dCi-equipped model as it aims for the car to account for 90% of the model's sales in Europe.

Press Release

2011 Nissan Murano

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) released information and photography of the new, refined 2011 Nissan Murano, which is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in mid-October 2010. The second generation Nissan Murano, introduced in 2009, now offers a refreshed grille and bumper design, new taillights, a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design and a number of interior and content refinements - all intended to keep Nissan Murano's visually distinctive styling fresh and exciting.

Also for 2011, two new models have been added to the lineup, SV FWD and SV AWD, for a total of eight models, providing Nissan Murano buyers with the widest range ever of equipment and features to match their exact needs and budgets. Other changes include the addition of one new exterior color, Graphite Blue, and a new wood grain hue on Murano LE models.

"With its contemporary exterior design, 'mobile suite' interior, advanced technology and refined, premium driving feel, Nissan Murano stands out as a modern crossover SUV like no other," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the enhancements for 2011, there are even more reasons for consumers to put Nissan Murano on the top of their shopping lists."

All 2011 Muranos feature a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gasoline, and an advanced Xtronic CVT™ that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience. Nissan Murano is available in front-wheel drive or with an Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system, and all Muranos come with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) standard. Murano is built on Nissan's proven "D" platform, which provides a solid foundation and lightweight suspension components, dual flow path shock absorbers and a twin-orifice speed-sensitive power steering system.

The most striking visual element of the 2011 Murano is once again its dramatic body, which imparts a "modern art" feel while still maintaining its distinctive "Murano-ness." The front end features a bold grille with new, revised design and wide front headlights, a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. Nissan Murano's rear end features a unique rear glass shape, integrated rear roof spoiler, large redesigned rear LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.

Nissan Murano is also offered with an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight, adding to its open, airy interior feeling. Inside, Nissan Murano offers high levels of warmth and luxury - with available wood and aluminum accents, a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with power return, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate and RearView Monitor.

Interior enhancements for 2011 include a new white meter color, new center stack colors and added equipment to various trim levels - driver's seat with power lumbar support (SV), RearView Monitor (SV), 7.0-inch color monitor (SV), auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (SL) and heated steering wheel (SL). New audio and entertainment features range from the addition of standard iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System to SV models to a Bose® audio system with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers for SL models. Other available technology includes an advanced touch screen Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box™ hard drive.

The 2011 Nissan Murano is offered in eight well-equipped models: S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD.

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