Love it or hate it the Nissan Murano has become a permanent fixture in the medium-sized SUV market and has just been facelifted for the 2012 model year. Nissan has upgraded the Murano with new front styling, new design alloy wheels, and improvements in specification.
On sale now, the 2012 Murano features a new grille, front bumper and headlamp design. New, multi spoke 18 inch alloy wheels are introduced and new design rear taillights, new silver roof rail design and the addition of rear privacy glass. A large, electrically-operated dual-panel glass sunroof is now added, covering almost two-thirds of the roof panel.
Inside, there’s been revisions to the instrument panel and central display screen improving functionality and ease of use. The leather seats are now heated for driver and front passenger and electric adjustment for the steering column has been added.
The BOSE audio system in Murano is now offered with a 2GB music server and USB and iPod input via the Murano’s central display screen controls.
Carried over is the electrically operated tailgate, which can be opened and closed via dash button or the key. There’s also power flip-up rear seats which are lowered by a handle but they now return to their upright position at the push of a button, located in the luggage area or on the dashboard.
Mechanically the Murano continues unchanged with its 191kW VQ35DE 3.5-litre V6 engine that offers 336Nm of torque and is matched to a Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
Nissan New Zealand Managing Director, John Manley says, “New 2012 Murano adds a host of innovative features designed to enhance driver convenience and comfort, enabling Murano to deliver premium specification at a value packed price”.
The 2012 Murano is on sale now, and has a recommended retail price of $65,950 plus onroad costs.