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.