2011 Nissan Murano gets new look and diesel engine

July 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Earlier this year, Nissan announced plans to introduce a new diesel engine option for the very first time on its European market Murano crossover. This created a need for additional cooling airflow to the diesel engine and radiators meaning that Nissan had to redesign the front end of the Murano. So the distinctive looking crossover will enters the 2011 model year with a reworked front end sporting a new grille and a reshaped bumper with larger air intakes and different fog lamps.

The Murano diesel will use a smoothed-out version of Nissan’s 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which produces 190-horsepower and a healthy 450Nm / 331.9 lb-ft of peak torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5 dCi engine returns a 8.0lt/100km economy combined and 210g/km CO2 emissions.

Euro market cars will come equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate, rear and kerbside cameras and a navigation system with 7″ touch screen, HDD 9.3 Gb music server, ipod, Bluetooth and aux connectivity combined with a premium 11 speaker BOSE system all fitted as standard.

Nissan expects the diesel model to prove very popular in Europe and will account for over 90% of Murano sales. Check back as we bring you details of when the 2011 Nissan Murano will be arriving in NZ.

Nissan reveals facelifted 2011 X-Trail

July 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Nissan X-Trail has just been given a refresh and images have been released of the JDM-spec model. For 2011, there are some subtle design tweaks, mainly to the front end and the interior, plus equipment upgrades and a new diesel variant has been added to the range.

Fron the outside, the new 2011 X-Trail gains a redesigned front grille, front bumper and headlights, along with a rejigged rear bumper and new LED tail lamps. There’s also a new model aptly named the ‘X-Tremer’ which has unique bumpers and alloy wheels.

Inside, the X-Trail is given a redesigned instrument panel and a new larger information display system, plus additional standard features.

The diesel-powered X-Trail 20GT will now be made available with a new 6-speed automatic transmission. This 2.0-litre diesel unit outputs 170-horsepower and 360Nm / 265 lb-ft of peak torque. Nissan has also introduced a new “Advanced Hill Descent Control” fitted with a clever speed-setting function.

The 2011 X-Trail goes on sale in Japan on July 16. Check back for more information on an upcoming NZ launch of the refreshed Nissan X-Trail.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the current model Nissan X-Trail.

Mini refreshes model range for 2011

June 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The second generation of BMW’s modern Mini has been tearing up the streets for a couple of years now and it has just received a subtle refresh. With the exception of the newly introduced Countryman crossover, the remainder of Mini’s lineup including the hatchback, Clubman and convertible models has received a subtle facelift with fresh styling updates and new diesel engines for the 2011 model year.

All variants of the Mini have been given a new front bumper design to refresh the face and improve pedestrian protection by larger deformation zones, new light elements in the headlamps, redesigned side gill housings with indicators, restyled rear bumpers and LED tail lights now on all models. There are five new paint colors on the Mini pallete and fresh alloy wheel designs to choose from.

Inside, there are redesigned controls for the centre console, steering wheel, air conditioning and audio systems. There are new materials and colours including six new upholstery choices, and two new interior color lines for door cards and side panels.

Sitting under the bonnet, there’s an all-new 1.6-litre diesel engine that shares the same internals and variable turbine geometry as BMW’s 2.0-litre diesel units. When used in the Mini, it will be offered with two output ratings – 90HP in the Mini One D and 112HP in the Cooper D.

The diesel engine will also feature for the first time in the Mini Convertible.

The refreshed 2011 Mini will go on sale globally from September.

2011 BMW M5 spied at the Ring

June 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The 2011 BMW M5 has been spied being put through its paces around the Nurburgring in Germany.

2011 Corvette Z06 Enhancements

June 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The big news coming out of the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash is the enhancements made to the 2011 Z06. The 2011 Corvette Z06 features new tires from Goodyear, an aggressive dual mode exhaust tune, as well as the aforementioned Z07 performance package featuring the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and the CFZ Carbon Fiber appearance package.

2011 CTS-V Sport Wagon Walk-Around

June 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

An exclusive look at the new 2011 CTS-V Sport Wagon with Cadillac Design Director Clay Dean.

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

June 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

All new Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2011 promo trailer

Audi reworks TT for 2011

April 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Audi’s always fashionable TT model is getting a slight reworking for the 2011 model year. Both the coupe and roadster are to receive refreshed exteriors and interiors, along with a new 2.0-litre TFSI four-cylinder engine option which has 211 hp but will be keeping an eye on fuel economy. This will be the same four-pot that has started showing up throughout Audi’s range, and while its horsepower has been increased by  11 hp over the 2010 model, the use of Audi’s Valvelift system helps the engine generate som serious torque — 258 pound-feet. That’s a full 51 lb-ft. more than the outgoing model.

According to Audi the all-wheel drive TT will sprint to 100 kph in 5.6 seconds, so performance hasn’t been affected by the engine changes.

In terms of looks the changes are conservative. The 2011 receives bigger air inlets up front, a gloss black grille, and Audi’s LED daytime running lamps. At the rear there’s a new flat black rear diffuser, retouched taillamps, and new exhaust outlets. There are new colour options that include Scuba Blue, Oolong Gray, Volcano Red and Dakota Gray.

The interior hasn’t gone untouched either, with a trio of new cabin colors, special leather that resists solar heat, and some new aluminum trim.

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