Known for its reliability, cozy cabin, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, the Nissan Murano manages to keep its high position on the list of highly popular SUVs. This time we will say a few words about the newest model year which will enter the dealerships as the 2020 Nissan Murano. The new Murano will most likely get some small yet noticeable changes and this time we might see a hybrid model as well.
Engine and performance of the 2020 Nissan Murano
Beneath the hood of every Murano is placed one engine option, and it is expected to be the same for the 2020 Nissan Murano. It is the 3.5-liter V-6 engine which is capable of producing 260 horsepower and the torque of 240 pound-feet. The engine is mated to the Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. And it comes with a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. When it comes to fuel economy, the front-wheel drive model will get 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. As well, the all-wheel drive variant is estimated to be the same. Furthermore, as for the towing capacities, the Nissan Murano is rated at 1,500 pounds.
On the other hand, it is still not clear whether the manufacturer will offer a hybrid engine as well. But it is very likely to happen.
2020 Nissan Murano exterior design and changes
The Nissan Murano is an attractive and handsome SUV with familiar floating and curved roofline. The front end sports the well-known V-motion grille and headlamps in the shape of a boomerang. Below, there is a lower front bumper with chrome accents. Moving to the side, the Murano features curved lines and surfaces. The rear end also has boomerang-shaped taillights and pronounced bumper. The Murano also has front and rear spoilers.
On the other hand, the 2020 Nissan Murano is expected to get some small changes considering external appearance. And for a full redesign, we will have to wait for the 2021 or even a 2022 model year. So, this time the new Murano might get some small changes to the front fascia including new lighting and a revised bumper. It could also get restyled taillights and new wheels. As well, we can also expect a few more exterior color shades. The standard model will ride on the 18-inch wheels. And the higher trim levels will be offered with the larger 20-inch wheels.
The interior design of the 2020 Nissan Murano
Inside, the 2020 Nissan Murano is made of premium materials and the fit/finish is great. It comes with two rows of seats and can welcome up to five passengers. All the seats are comfortable, wide, and very supportive. With the optional panoramic sunroof, the cabin gets more natural lights. The base model comes with cloth seats while the higher trim levels are equipped with quality leather upholstery. It also features the available mocha color which gives it a warmer look. The rear seats are available with optional heating function. And they are the best for two occupants since the fifth passenger might feel a bit tight. On the center of the dashboard, there is a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
As for the cargo space, the Murano comes with 32.1 cubic feet of cargo with all seats up. However, with the second row folded flat, it expands to a maximum of 67 cubic feet.
Safety and features of the 2020 Nissan Murano
All the Muranos will come standard with a rearview camera and airbags while the SV and higher trim levels will add blind-spot monitors. The SL model will also get an adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera.
Furthermore, the 2020 Nissan Murano will come standard with cloth seats, two USB ports, navigation, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, Bluetooth, a 60/40-split folding second row, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, Apple CarPlay connectivity, an AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, steering-wheel audio and cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic emergency braking, traction control system, and so on.
The SV model will add fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, and more standard safety features. The Premium package for this model will also include heated front seats, grey 18-inch wheels, a premium audio system, and a surround-view camera system. Furthermore, the SL model will get leather seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a Bose audio system, a motion-activated power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, and more safety features. The SL model will also be available with a panoramic moonroof and ‘Midnight Edition’ package which will add 20inch wheels and blacked-out trim. Moreover, the Platinum model will get LED headlights, power folding rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, 20-inch wheels, a power adjustable steering wheel, and dual-pane moonroof.
Release date and price
We still don’t have the precise information when the 2020 Nissan Murano will be presented. But it should be sometime next year. Its starting price is expected to be around $31,000.