Nissan has updated its popular Murano crossover for the 2011 model year, giving it a fresh new look plus adding the value-packed SV trim. Starting with a redesigned grille, new bumper designs and revised taillights, the 2011 Nissan Murano has a distinctively cleaner appearance overall compared to the outgoing model, however, the two are still hard to tell apart (European model pictured).
Nevertheless, the latest Murano offers more value for customers thanks to the introduction of the SV trim level. It features a long list of standard features such as dual panel power moonroof, a 7-inch color monitor and reversing camera, an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, automatic headlights, plus Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity. Nissan also throws in XM Satellite Radio but a subscription is required.
As for the rest of the range, other 2011 model year enhancements for the Murano include a change of instrument panel illumination from orange to white, the addition of an auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink Universal Transceiver to Murano SL. This model also comes available with a heated steering wheel, a Bose stereo with nine speakers and a dual subwoofer. Finally, the Murano LE comes with new center stack colors and new wood grain trim. Nissan has also added a new Graphite Blue color option to the range.
Power for all 2011 Nissan Muranos comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, with drive going through the latest Xtronic CVT. Customers can still pick from front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, and all Muranos come standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).
Sales of the new 2011 Nissan Murano is expected to start towards the end of the year. Pricing shouldn’t stray far from the $28,340 starting price of the 2010 model.