United Kingdom is the starting point, Europe is next, and the rest of the world will follow. The new Nissan Murano diesel has just arrived.
Large, quiet, green - the new MuranoEdward Green ▼ Monday July 19, 2010 6:01PM ET
Available to order in the UK now, the new Murano dCi benefits from a diesel engine specifically engineered for Europe with significant input from engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE).
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine has been totally revised with extensive changes designed to provide the perfect balance of performance and efficiency for the Murano. This is combined with a revised six-speed automatic transmission providing Adaptive Shift Control. The result: 190PS and 450Nm at just 2,000rpm. Impressive! An all-important benefit of the new diesel unit is efficiency. This is helped by improved aerodynamics and a first ever on Murano, an electric power regeneration system.
The importance of refinement hasn't been forgotten either, with the very latest engineering techniques employed to ensure the Murano's premium cabin environment remains uninterrupted. Among the improvements are a change from chain to belt drive for the power steering pump to reduce noise while a fifth engine mounting point has been added to make the Murano as quiet as possible. At the same time, extra sound absorbing material has been added to the engine bay to reduce noise intrusion into the cabin even further.
Thanks to Nissan's designers have also taken the opportunity to combine the need for cooling airflow to the diesel engine and radiators with a styling makeover for the Murano's front-end. A new grille and bumper design reinforce the striking looks that have long blended the dynamic pleasure of a sports car with the cabin comfort of an SUV.
This combination of abilities is reflected on the spec sheets. Murano comes fully loaded with everything from 20-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate and colour rear and kerbside cameras all fitted as standard. Murano also features Nissan Connect Premium satellite navigation system with 7" touchscreen, HDD 9.3 Gb music server, iPod, Bluetooth and aux connectivity combined with premium 11 speaker BOSE system and the option of rear seat DVD entertainment system.
Orders are being taken now ready for the first deliveries in September. Do you hear me? Orders are being taken now! ■