Nissan is one of the Japanese automobile giants that have made a presence in global car market over the years. Like other carmakers Nissan have also been eyeing the Crossover segment in recent years. Its Murano is among the most popular models in various markets. A vehicle that offers the blend of SUV type room and comfort of a sedan clicks with the buyers beyond doubt. However, competition in the Crossover segment is on rise with new contenders coming up with their offerings. This has prompted Nissan to give a makeover to the Murano. The 2017 Nissan Murano does come with subtle enhancements and new features to take on the competition in a better way.
2017 Nissan Murano – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 3rd generation Murano was showcased at the New York motor show. The Crossover SUV has received a number of enhancements and changes at the exterior are subtle. Overall, the exterior of the 2017 model is not drastically different from the predecessor. The design is bulky but touches of slenderness are also there. Nissan has said the newer model will be more aerodynamically shaped. The signature V-shaped grille of Nissan and boomerang-shaped lights are the same. The new 2017 Nissan Murano will be 130 pounds lighter than the earlier version, as per company sources. The crossover SUV is going to be offered in a wide array of hues. The color options include Java Metallic, Artic Blue Metallic, Cayenne Red, Pacific Sunset, Pearl White etc.
The interior of 2017 Nissan Murano has also received moderate changes. Usage of leather upholstery along with wood trims gives the cabin a more premium look. The decrease in buttons is quite evident and this gives the dashboard better and cleaner layout eventually. The earlier multimedia system has been replaced with swanky looking 8 inch touch screen. It is also likely that the 2017 Nissan Murano will get Qashqaie brand front seats just like Nissan Pathfinder. The panoramic roof ensures the vehicle gets plenty of natural light. The rear seats can be folded if required. Nissan has upped the quality of materials used in the cabin of the 2017 Murano. It is a 5 seater vehicle. It comes in 4 trims- S, SL, SV and Platinum. Nissan is going to be careful about safety and infotainment options for the upcoming Murano Crossover. Both German and US rivals have come up with enhanced technology in-car infotainment. Contenders from stables of rivals like VW, Honda and Hyundai feature latest safety technologies, for example. The 2017 Murano gets lane change assistance, dual climate control, customizable ambient interior lighting and front and rear safety sensors. Besides, there will be front and side airbags, cruise control and 18-inches alloy wheels. Options include larger alloy wheels, ergonomic heating enabled leather seats and led headlights. Apart from the S variant, all other models get Nissan’s fine GPS system as a standard feature. However, as far as safety goes, Nissan could have done a little better. For example, the blind-spot warning feature along with rear cross-traffic detection is available only on SL and Platinum trims. Nissan could at least offer them as optional on two other trims. As for infotainment, six-speaker sound system is nice buy in some rivals you get more upscale sound setups and multimedia controls.
2017 Nissan Murano – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Nissan Murano will come equipped with a V6 3.5 liter engine generating 260-horsepower coupled with 6 speed auto CVT overdrive transmission. The models will be offered in both FWD and AWD options. This will affect fuel economy but the car will have more power than rivals fitted with 4 cylinder crossovers. The rated top speed is 117 Mph and the crossover can reach 0 to 60 mph within 8 seconds. The European market may get a hybrid version of Nissan Murano 2017. The regular version adheres to fuel efficacy of the predecessor, more or less.
2017 Nissan Murano – Pricing and Availability
Nissan has priced the 2017 Nissan Murano rather attractively, with base S variant starting at $30000. The top end Platinum costs below $40000. This is just a minor hike over the 2016 version. This gives the Murano some edge over most of its category rivals. Exact release date is not known but in all probability it will be unveiled by middle or end of 2016. As a matter of fact, there is nothing wrong with the 2017 Nissan Murano except that it does not offer enough compelling reasons to choose it over the predecessor. The small design upgrades are not enticing enough. The interior revamp however is desirable and cleaner layout looks more appealing. However, the 2017 Nissan Murano loses out to rivals like VW Tuareg, Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in power train, safety and amenities. It still cannot match the German rivals in sheer safety features as well raw engine power. In final analysis, it comes out more of an incremental upgrade over the existing version.