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Test-Drive of the new Nissan Murano 2008

You always knew that the original Nissan Murano would be a tough act to follow. It debuted as a 2004 model, and its radical design, innovative powertrain and car-based platform arguably set the trend for a whole new class of crossover vehicles.

Test-Drive of the new Nissan Murano 2008

After a very successful run, Nissan takes a metaphorical breather with the Murano for 2008, jumping straight from the 2007 model to the new 2009.


The new version will be available in January of 2008, with pricing to be announced early in that month.


As Nissan's best-selling light "truck" (only the now-retired X-Trail sold more), the company certainly doesn't want to stray too far from the original concept. So predictably, changes for the 2009 Murano are evolutionary rather than dramatic. For instance, the celebrated Nissan 3.5-litre "VQ" V6 engine is retained, but power is increased to 265 horsepower at 6,000 r.p.m. and 242 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 r.p.m.


Similarly, the CVT "stepless" transmission returns, but it is optimized for responsiveness and intelligent adaptation to individual driving styles. All-wheel drive is now standard (with a centre-lock) and also features yaw control and torque distribution front-to-rear for better performance and stability.


Continuing the evolutionary theme, the Nissan midsize front-wheel drive "D" platform (also used on the new Altima) is all-new, with an emphasis on ride comfort and handling. And finally, the interior continues to offer a pleasant, attractive and functional environment for occupants, but styling is sharper, lines are crisper, and with the new "Premium" option, luxury is more evident.


Fuel economy is also improved, to 11.8/8.7 L/100 km, city/highway, with premium fuel recommended, but not required. Although the 2009 Murano is marginally bigger than the outgoing model, it actually looks more compact.


Like the interior, the exterior lines are tauter, and major body panels seem more sharply defined, more athletic. For the first time on the Murano, 20-inch wheels are offered, which enhance its road presence (18-inch wheels are standard).


Although the 2009 Nissan Murano is quantifiably better throughout than the original model, it is not, in my opinion, better looking.


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Author: Paul Williams
Source: Autolatest & Text and Photos by CANADIAN DRIVER & Nissan

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Test efectuat la: 18.12.2007 | 08:54 EET

SPECIFICATII TEHNICE TEST DRIVE

Test efectuat la: 18.12.2007 | 08:54 EET

  Muranopct
MOTOR/ENGINE ENGINEV6
DISPLACEMENT (cmc)3498
MAX POWER(hp/rpm)265/6000
Torque(Nm/rpm)328/4000
DIMENSIUNI LENGHT(mm)4.765
WIDTH C(mm)1880
HEIGHT(mm)1689
MASS EMPTY (kg)1807
PERFORMANTE V Max (km/h)
0-100 km/h (secunde)
Average Fuel Consumption (liters)10.0
PRET Without taxes (euro)
With taxes (euro)
CAROSERIE Inside Space8
Quality of materials8
Standard Equipement8
Trunk Space7
CONFORT Confort8
Seats front/rear9
Air Conditioning Quality10
Sounds9
DINAMICA Engine Rafinement8
80-120 km/h7
Fuel Consumption4
Traction7
Braking8

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