2019 Nis­san Mu­rano com­bines unique style, premium fea­tures

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When the orig­i­nal Mu­rano was launched 16 years ago, it had an im­me­di­ate and pro­found im­pact on the SUV mar­ket. As a pi­o­neer of the CUV trend, it of­fered a for­ward-look­ing de­sign sen­si­bil­ity that com­bined an el­e­gant style with premium fea­tures – with­out a lux­ury price tag.

Now in its third gen­er­a­tion, Mu­rano re­ceives a com­pre­hen­sive re­fresh­en­ing for the 2019 model year. The re­vi­sions to Mu­rano’s ex­te­rior add a more pro­nounced front V-mo­tion grille, re­designed LED head­lights and tail­lights, new LED fog lights, new 18-inch and 20-inch alu­minum-al­loy wheel de­signs and three fresh new ex­te­rior col­ors – Sun­set Drift Chro­maflair, Mocha Al­mond Pearl and Deep Blue Pearl.

En­hance­ments to the lux­u­ri­ous Mu­rano in­te­rior are led by new semi-ani­line leather-ap­pointed seats with di­a­mond-quilted in­serts with con­trast­ing mi­cro-pip­ing trim for the seats, door arm­rests and cen­ter con­sole lid for the Mu­rano Plat­inum grade. Other changes in­clude three new in­te­rior trim fin­ish­ers: Dark Wood-Tone (Plat­inum), Light Wood-Tone (SV, SL) and Me­tal­lic (S, SV, SL).

In ad­di­tion, all 2019 Mu­rano mod­els fea­ture two new stan­dard fea­tures – Nis­san’s in­no­va­tive Rear Door Alert sys­tem and In­tel­li­gent Driver Alert­ness, which learns each in­di­vid­ual driver’s steer­ing pat­terns and helps alert the driver when drowsy driv­ing is de­tected. Other avail­able tech­nol­ogy in­cludes In­tel­li­gent Around View Mon­i­tor and an 11-speaker Bose premium au­dio sys­tem.

The 2019 Mu­rano con­tin­ues as the halo ve­hi­cle for Nis­san’s wide range of bold crossovers and SUVs, ex­press­ing Nis­san’s ad­vanced de­sign di­rec­tion – in­clud­ing its V-mo­tion front end, LED sig­na­ture boomerang lights and the unique “float­ing” roof. With the bold new treat­ment for the new model year, Mu­rano’s “premium-ness” is taken to a higher level than ever be­fore.

The stun­ning ex­te­rior de­sign car­ries into the in­te­rior, which of­fers an en­gag­ing so­cial lounge feel – in­clud­ing fea­tures such as ad­vanced Zero Grav­ity front and out­board rear seat­ing, and the airy at­mos­phere cre­ated by the large win­dows and over­sized Power Panoramic Moon­roof.

Safety, se­cu­rity and driver as­sis­tance tech­nolo­gies have also been re­vised for 2019 with the avail­abil­ity of Nis­san Safety Shield 360, a suite of six ad­vanced ac­tive safety and driver-as­sist tech­nolo­gies de­signed to help pro­vide 360 de­grees of con­fi­dence.

Safety Shield 360 is a crit­i­cal part of Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity, which pro­vides tech­nol­ogy in a way that moves peo­ple to a bet­ter world. Safety Shield 360 in­cludes Au­to­matic Emergency Brak­ing with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion, Blind Spot Warn­ing, Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert, Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, High Beam As­sist and Rear Au­to­matic Brak­ing.

Safety Shield 360 is stan­dard on Mu­rano Plat­inum and as part of the SL Tech­nol­ogy Pack­age. The 2019 Mu­rano also adds stan­dard 2nd row sup­ple­men­tal side air bags and front pas­sen­ger sup­ple­men­tal knee air bag.

With its highly emo­tional de­sign, Mu­rano’s sculp­tural qual­i­ties again stand out in a crossover field known more for uni­for­mity and util­ity-based styling than bold­ness and light. It ex­presses the dy­namic side of Nis­san, but with an ur­ban so­phis­ti­ca­tion and a sense of com­plete­ness.

One of the cen­tral con­structs for both the Mu­rano ex­te­rior and in­te­rior was to “el­e­vate your ex­pe­ri­ence,” which is coun­ter­in­tu­itive to the heaviness and chunk­i­ness of the tra­di­tional sport util­ity ve­hi­cle. This helped in­spire the push for lead­ing edge aero­dy­nam­ics and three key el­e­ments of Nis­san’s sig­na­ture de­sign lan­guage – the V-Mo­tion front end, sig­na­ture boomerang light­ing and float­ing roofline.

The de­sign­ers sought to cre­ate a grav­ity-like power to pull view­ers into the de­sign vis­ually, while de­fy­ing grav­ity with a light­ness of form through the use of glass and flow­ing lines. The prom­i­nent glass ar­eas are cre­ated through the use of its jet-in­spired roof and D-pil­lars that ap­pear disconnected from the roof that help vis­ually lighten the cabin. The re­sult is a unique float­ing feel­ing that can be rec­og­nized from far away.

An­other key el­e­ment is the fresh­ened boomerang-style stan­dard LED head­lights and tail­lights. The sig­na­ture head­lights, with their LED Day­time Run­ning Light ac­cents, are in­stantly rec­og­niz­able at night. Mu­rano’s sculp­tural body­sides cre­ated an en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge, es­pe­cially in the strong cur­va­ture of the rear fen­der stamp­ings.

Other crit­i­cal de­tails, such as the ac­tive grille shut­ter, fen­der lip mold­ings, rear bumper sur­fac­ing, rear tire de­flec­tors and in­te­grated rear spoiler help achieve its 0.31 co­ef­fi­cient of drag – on par with many sports cars.

The re­fined in­ten­sity of the Mu­rano in­te­rior is ev­i­dent the mo­ment the doors are opened with its avail­able ad­vanced light­ing sys­tem, open and com­fort­able feel­ing and use of premium ma­te­ri­als.

Mu­rano’s up­scale “so­cial lounge” in­te­rior cre­ates an invit­ing and com­fort­able at­mos­phere. The low in­stru­ment panel height fea­tures a large in­for­ma­tion and con­trol cen­ter with a stan­dard 8.0-inch color dis­play with multi-touch con­trol cen­tered be­tween the outer wings.

Ad­ding to the driver’s sense of con­nect­ed­ness with se­cu­rity is Nis­san’s Ad­vanced Drive-As­sist Dis­play with a 7.0-inch high-res­o­lu­tion color dis­play. Avail­able au­dio sys­tems in­clude an ad­vanced Bose de­sign with 11 speak­ers (in­clud­ing dual sub­woofers), HD Ra­dio and stan­dard Sir­iusXM Satel­lite Ra­dio (Sir­iusXM sub­scrip­tion re­quired, sold sep­a­rately).

All 2019 Mu­rano grades fea­ture Nis­sanCon­nect fea­tur­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto and 8.0-inch color dis­play with multi-touch con­trol. Mu­rano SL and Plat­inum grades in­clude stan­dard Nis­sanCon­nect with Nav­i­ga­tion fea­tur­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, 8.0-inch color dis­play with multi-touch con­trol, Sir­iusXM Traf­fic and Sir­iusXM Travel Link (Sir­iusXM sub­scrip­tion re­quired, sold sep­a­rately). For 2019, the Door to Door nav­i­ga­tion has been up­graded with con­nected POI search and premium traf­fic func­tions.

Stan­dard on Mu­rano Plat­inum grade is Nis­sanCon­nect Ser­vices pow­ered by Sir­iusXM, which in­cludes ser­vices such as au­to­matic col­li­sion no­ti­fi­ca­tion, emergency call and stolen ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tor, re­mote ser­vices in­clud­ing start/stop, lock/un­lock, flash lights, sound horn, cus­tom­iz­a­ble alerts in­clud­ing drive zone, valet, cur­few and speed alerts, dealer ser­vice sched­ul­ing and main­te­nance alerts (Sir­iusXM sub­scrip­tion re­quired, sold sep­a­rately).

An Ama­zon Alexa skill is avail­able free of charge un­der the con­nected car cat­e­gory within the Ama­zon Skills Store, al­low­ing own­ers to use voice com­mands to re­mote lock/ un­lock, honk the horn, flash the lights and start or stop the en­gine of the 2019 Mu­rano (pow­ered by Nis­sanCon­nect Ser­vices).

Nis­san’s ad­vanced Zero Grav­ity seats are stan­dard for front and rear out­board oc­cu­pants. The rear seats are a three-cushion de­sign. Cli­mate-con­trolled seats (heat­ing and cool­ing) are avail­able in front, along with avail­able Quick Com­fort heated rear seats.

Other in­te­rior fea­tures in­clude stan­dard Dual-Zone Au­to­matic Tem­per­a­ture Con­trol and Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Key with Push But­ton Ig­ni­tion, along with avail­able leather-ap­pointed seat­ing, heated steer­ing wheel, steer­ing wheel po­si­tion mem­ory, driver’s seat and out­side mir­ror mem­ory and Re­mote En­gine Start with In­tel­li­gent Cli­mate Con­trol. Over­head, the avail­able Power Panoramic Moon­roof en­hances the open, airy feel­ing.

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