The new 2009 Nissan Murano crossover SUV will be even smoother than the first-generation Murano, looking more like an overgrown Qashqai / Rogue city car rather than a vehicle, which is supposed to conquer forest lanes, swamps and hair-raising descents of the Rocky Mountains. Well, that’s absolutely okay with me since there is a huge market for impressive-looking vehicles that are good on a highway and can even negotiate a 10-inch snow drift if need be.
The car will be officially revealed at the upcoming motor show in Los Angeles.
Based on the affordable 2007 Nissan Altima mid-size sedan, the 2009 Nissan Murano will feature a little bit more aggressive exterior than the outgoing model. Mainly, due to a wider hood and a set of impressive 20-inch wheels.
Just like its main competitors -the new Toyota Highlander seven-seating crossover, Honda Pilot and Acura RDX-, the car will receive a set of LED tail lamps and a second row moon-roof.
Inside, you’ll find a Bose audio system, a DVD multimedia and navigation with a 9.3GB hard drive, a six-disc changer and an auxiliary jack, as well as heated front and back seats, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera
All this gear on wheels will be motivated by a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
List of standard active safety systems includes stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and side and curtain airbags.
See also: Nissan Murano GT-C concept crossover SUV