Nissan has just announced that the 2015 Murano will be priced from $29,560 in the United States. Four trim levels will be available: S, SV, SL and Platinum, while customers will be able to choose between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The 2015 Murano SV FWD will cost you $32,620, while the Murano SL FWD will be priced from $36,950.
The top-of-the-line 2015 Murano Platinum FWS is priced at $39.000. the 2015 Murano S AWD $31,160, while the SV version costs $34,220. The 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD will be priced at $38,550.
The most expensive Murano model will be the Platinum AWD, which is priced at $40,600. Priced to not include the destination charge of $885. Each vehicle comes as standard with a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, bolted to an Xtronic transmission.
When it comes to safety, the 2015 Murano offers plenty of systems such as Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB).
A central construct for the new Murano’s exterior and interior was to 'elevate experience’, which may seem counterintuitive to the traditional SUV’s heavy weight and chunky build. This construct helped push for innovative aerodynamics and three key future design elements: the V-Motion front, signature lighting, and the 'floating' roofline.
Sticking to the futuristic travel idea, the design team endeavoured to produce a seeming gravity power, pulling viewers to the visual design, while challenging gravity with a light form by using glass and flowing outlines. The dominant glass areas of the first Murano generation were kept and extended with the all-new design, which included using the jet-inspired roof and D-pillars that seem disconnected from the roof, helping the cabin to appear lighter. This resulted in a singular floating sensation, recognisable from far away.
Another key component is the continued refining of the boomerang head- and taillights, originally introduced on the Nissan 370Z. For the all-new Murano, distinct signature lights were added, emphasising the boomerang shapes. These were slimmed down and pushed out to look like they are flowing in the wind. The signature LEDs, with their LED Daytime Running Light accents, are immediately recognisable when it is dark out. Now a Murano signature, they were a challenge to engineers, requiring wide-spread retuning to finesse shapes and light intensities.
The optional LED headlights offer excellent effectiveness and durability (compared to halogen and xenon). The standard LED taillight design had to balance with the needed crossover utility, with the final form impeccably integrated into the rear’s glass, communicating an innovative quality.