Thursday, May 8, 2008

2008 Nissan Murano Review

Nissan Murano

The new version, because the United Kingdom in October 2008, but already available in the USA, a new body which maintains a bit arty who have seen the original iteration distinctive. A new front end includes a revised grille, headlights and bonnet, with more pronounced wheel arches. At the rear, there is a new form of rear LED lamps and large tail. The interior has also been a beauty.

Mechanically, have been a number of other changes, including revisions to 3.5 liter V6 that have added 35bhp, taking the power output to 265bhp, and the couple was also brought to 248lb-ft. The engine is mated to a second generation of Nissan Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox.

A niche product, the Murano is the kind of car that urban 4x4 drivers to buy: high-riding, typically stylish and comfortable, this is never to get muddy if parked at the likes of Glyndebourne or overflow parking at Twickenham.

And there is also something of a contradiction at the heart of new Nissan Murano: its appeal will seem quite fashionable, design metropolitan conscious buyers, but that is exactly the kind of public baulks to be seen as destroyers of the planet, to 3.5-liter V6 is likely to be beyond the pale for them.

There is also a warning to our review: we tested an early US-spec car, therefore likely to be some adjustments made before his arrival in the UK in the autumn of 2008.

The price is yet to be confirmed, but he believes that there will be a small step of the premium charged £30190 for the last iteration.

The former Murano generally not show up in reliability surveys, largely because it does not sell in large enough numbers.

However, Nissan products are quite well - the X-Trail, for example, appears at number nine in the latest survey by JD Power 4x4 - with the company ranked seventh in direct manufacturer's warranty index reliability.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 265bhp at 6000rpm and 248lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm, which puts it well in sports 4x4 territory: there are a lot of power on tap and delivery very good. The automatic gearbox CVT has also been revised and improved, the changes are not exactly fast, but it swaps cogs in points in the rev range to ensure that neither boring nor undue jolting over-revving (as is often the case with the FPC "boxes).

The car we tested was the first model built for the U.S. market, there will be some changes to meet the drivers of the United Kingdom, the largest which is a stiffening of the suspension of 10%. The car led us wallowed too much for our taste - that Americans do not seem to mind - but bent a suspension must end over it, enabling it to fight against roads with the types of turns U.S. drivers face rarely.

The direction, as might be expected of such a car is quite uncommunicative, which is unlikely to change United Kingdom on cars when they arrive.

Again, because the Murano is sold in limited numbers, there is no Euro NCAP rating: However, apart from a poor spectacle of Navara Pick-up before being revised, the latter generally have Nissans good crash test figures, with the Qashqai particularly well mark (five stars for protection of adults, four children and two for pedestrians). The Murano also acquitted himself and the USA-crash tests, which are quite stringent.

The Murano offers a comprehensive set of active and passive safety features, including six airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners before, active head restraints, tire pressure and monitor the child seat anchors (Isofix the UK Uni).

All-wheel drive, the Murano has a vehicle dynamics control (VDC) system with yaw, skating wheels and steering angle sensors and standard ESP and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD).

The spec US-led us car is extremely comfortable, but there was a little too bodyroll. However, the United Kingdom car will have its suspension tuned for European tastes and will be approximately 10% stiffer, which should still be in line for a trip.

The Murano is equipped with new seats that were designed to be more positive and certainly do the job: with a steering wheel that adjusts for rake and reach, tension and heated seats means that drivers of all sizes must find a driving position that suits him, as you want for a car for whom comfort is near its USP.

The rear seats offer plenty of room too, with adults in the back after a lot of space. The 60/40 fold-flat rear seat now has a function to return - the seat back to the vertical position at the touch of a button - and there is a new sub-floor storage in the trunk.

Bose equipment includes a loudspeaker 11-hi-fi mated to a six-CD changer, new Nissan Navigation System with a more user-friendly graphical interface, menu structure and research, a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, Bluetooth, speech recognition and optional iPod connector.

Source: channel4

1 comment:

Mr. Nissan said...

The Murano is not as nice as it used to be

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