Nissan Murano is a SUV produced by Nissan to complement the premium / high-end SUV market segment. In this segment, the Nissan Murano is positioned to compete with the Honda CRV, BMW X 5, Toyota Harrier and its “sibling”, the Lexus RX 350.
Nissan Murano was first introduced to the public in 2004 in conjunction with the Nissan 350z Sport sedan. First time its entering SUV market, Nissan Murano was sold in quite high price, while its re-selling price (used car) is fall too low. To gain better consumers experiences, Nissan has made some design adjustments in 2008.
The Exterior Of The Nissan Murano
Designers at Nissan believes in the philosophy of “out of the box” to design a sports car is expensive. Nissan seems to successfully combine form and function in one package on the product eventually without difference from what they want. You’ll even say to yourself, the Italian style that is applied on this car is unique and interesting. Dare to be appeared different from other SUVs.
The exterior designs of the Nissan Murano essentially conceptualized as a combination between a sporty family car that is capable to passing through heavy terrain. At a glance, the Murano is able to emit a dynamic impression coupled with the unique futuristic feel.
This can be seen from the design of the bonnet and the use of rigid styled headlamp. The front grill was designed quite wide and made from titanium. On the rear side, the application of the design of the 350Z is also can be seen where the stop lamp and the C pillar has a window with a form of decreased following the curve of the aft.
The Interior Of The Nissan Murano
Best experiences and comfort of the passengers of the cabin is the most preferred priority by Nissan. This emanated from the use of jumbo-size seats, the quality of the cabin cooling system is above average, as well as cabin silencing system. It is guarantee this SUV is very convenient for adults passengers who have a posture more than 5 feets. Guaranteed, all passangers can manage comfortably sitting position according to their preferences. The driver’s seat can be adjusted electrically using one single button.
During the travel, you will be pampered by the audio system from BOSE that the quality has been tested on a variety of luxurious cars. In addition to CD, MP3 and radio, 9 inches diameter LCD was also installed in the middle of the dashboard. Air conditioning console buttons equipped below it.
But one thing is quite disappointing, the features that have been mentioned are mostly using the Japanese language, quite difficult to operate it for those of you who are unfamiliar. In addition to the cabin space is very spacious, luggage storage is also can hold a lot of stuff because its has a big space.
Nissan Murano engine performances
The market for south east Asia region, Nissan Murano was sold with two engine options. The first engine capacity 2.5 liter QR25DE which is also used on the Nissan X-Trail generation 1. Configured with 4 cylinders engine with 16 valve is capable of delivering a maximum power of 180 HP on a 6,000 RPM and torque 245 Nm at 4,000 RPM.
While the other having engine capacity up to 3.5-litres 24-valve V6 configuration. Engine coded VQ35DE and can produce power up to 245 HP at 5,800 RPM and peak torque of 333 Nm at 4,400 RPM. The good news, this version is supported by the AWD drive system.
Both types of machines that have been mentioned above are supported by CVTC (Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control) valves adjustment technology and a transmission with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) technology, allowing a smooth performances on the gearshift processing, especially when the kick down. In addition, the engine is also equipped by compact balancer shafts to reduce the vibrations produced by the engine.
Impression and Handling Nissan Murano
Although the Nissan Murano has such a high ground clearance is the same as other SUVs in General, but Nissan Murano has good stability during the maneuver. This because it use same characteristic of sport suspension which is also used on the Nissan GT-R. Handling is also quite easy, when its drive at high speeds, the steering wheel seems to be stable. Its sporty suspension is also quite comfortable, able to absorb most shocks and bring minimal vibrations to cabin. This break the argument that all cars with sport characteristic suspension cannot provide maximum passengers comfortability.
Nissan Murano Specifications
- Engine: 2.5 litres QR25DE and 3.5 litres VQ35DE.
- Power: 180 HP @ 6,000 RPM (2.5); 245 HP @ 5,800 RPM.
- Torque: 245 Nm @ 4,000 RPM (2.5); 333 Nm @ 4,400 RPM.
- Bore x Stroke: 89mm x 100 mm (2.5); 95 x 81, 5 mm, 4 mm (3.5).
- Compression ratio: 9.5:1 (1.6); 10.3:1 (3.5).
- Fuel consumption: 4-6 km/L (in the city), 9-11 km/L (out of town).
- Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
- Suspension: Front MacPherson strut, rear multi-link with coil spring.
- Competitors: Mazda CX-7, Toyota Harrier, Lexus RX Series, the BMW X 5.
- Sales: 2004-2007 (gen1), 2008-2012 (gen2)
The Price Of Nissan Murano
In the local market Nissan Murano have a price that is pretty expensive. For Nissan Murano generation 1 unit manufactured in 2004-2007 – 2.5 litres engine, its sold between 180.000 to 220.000 US dollars. The 3.5-liter engine with same year, price offered range from 200.000 to 240.000 US dollars. As for the 2.5 litre-engine generation 2, price ranging from 280.000 up to 335.000 US dollars and the other variant (powered by a 3.5 litre engine) offered in range of 380.000 to 520.000 US dollars.
Nissan Murano Pros
- Spacious cabin.
- Interior quality is superior.
- Interesting interior features.
- Safety features is complete.
- Stable and very comfortable.
- Outstanding engine performance (3.5 litres).
- Transmission is responsive.
Nissan Murano Cons
- The maintenance cost is expensive.
- Limited spare parts (3.5 litres).
- Can only be occupied by five passengers.
- Resale price is cheap.
- The unit is limited edition.
Overall, the Nissan Murano SUV is one interesting enough to drive, even more so because the units are classified as limited edition, so you will looks different on the streets with your car.