2009 Nissan Murano crossover SUV

2009 Nissan Murano crossover SUV
2009 Nissan Murano

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.

2009 Nissan Murano crossover SUV (interior)

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.

Photos: Nissan

See also: Nissan Murano GT-C concept crossover SUV