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Third time lucky for Murano


THE FIRST Nissan Murano was introduced to the world in 2003 while its successor made its debut in 2009. We liked the Murano’s laid-back character and sports car soundtrack. And now the third generation has been unveiled.

It takes styling cues from the original design brief after which the car was named - Italian Murano Glass - along with stylistic elements from the Nissan Resonance Concept vehicle. It also makes use of what the brand calls ‘boomerang-style’ front and rear lights as seen on the 370Z sports car. Changes to the grille shutter, fender lip mouldings, rear bumper surfacing, rear tyre deflectors and integrated rear spoiler help achieve more than 16% improvement in overall aerodynamics.

Design details taken from the Resonance include the instrument panel being lower than previous model’s. It features a seven-inch high-resolution colour display unit to provide the driver with information while the centre console features an eight-inch colour display with multi-touch control.

There can also be up to four on-board cameras (front, rear and two side) and three radar systems (one front and two side) to provide for systems like Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking and Intelligent Cruise Control. The new Cross Traffic Alert system utilises radar to detect a vehicle approaching from either side of the Murano when backing out of a parking space.

The 2015 Murano will be available with the same 3.5-litre DOHC V6 rated at 191kW and 325Nm and mated with the X-tronic transmission. Nissan claims that the new Murano is up to 20% more fuel efficient thanks to weight reduction of some 59kg, better aerodynamics and gearbox and engine efficiency improvements.

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