Evolving in its second generation, the new Nissan Murano is an embodiment of the sector it set new standards for with the first Murano and returns with an enhanced design inside and out, premium driving dynamics and drivetrain refinement.

Evolving in its second generation, the new Nissan Murano is an embodiment of the sector it set new standards for with the first Murano. A sports-utility vehicle is no longer simply an SUV, instead a crossover combining the attributes of other desireable body styles, be they wagon, coupe or sports saloon. And so with the 2009 Murano, premiered at the Los Angeles Auto Show, comes an all-new vehicle which aims to position itself in a 'class of one' through an enhanced design inside and out, premium driving dynamics and drivetrain refinement.

The new Murano evolves its predecessor's design with a more strikingly-curvaceous body, which Nissan maintain imparts the feeling of 'modern art' while retaining the Murano's distinction. A bold, more angular new grille and grille-hugging lights head up the new front end to give a sportier, more aggressive look. Flared wheel arches and bulbous surfaces stretch to the new, sharper rear end, which gains re-aligned rear LED lights, a more intrusive rear tailgate spoiler and twin chrome exhausts amid a more angular underbelly.

Powered by Nissan's VQ-series 3.5-litre V6 engine, which generates 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, and mated to an advanced Xtronic CVT gearbox with Adaptive Shift Control to aid smoother shifting, the Murano delivers a sportier driving experience. All models are available with the choice of front-wheel-drive or a capable all-wheel-drive system with advanced traction control.

The Murano's cabin is also innovatively refreshed for 2009, its design theme drawing inspiration from a 'mobile suite' to warm and exude luxury. A 'Welcome Lighting'  ambient lighting system provides the warmth while luxury is courtesy of new wood and aluminium panels, a new dashboard and instrument cluster design and a new standard Push Button Ignition. An FM tuner with six speakers and CD Changer is standard, much like a 60/40 fold-flat  rear bench and a plethora of functional storage systems. Options include a 7-inch display for all major controls, iPod connectivity, a revised Bose premium 11-speaker speed-sensitive audio system and voice recognition for audio, Bluetooth and the optional satellite navigation system.

The 2009 Murano is to enter dealerships from January next year. See Press Release for further tidbits.

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