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Nissan Murano 2005 and earlier

stragerstrager Posts: 308
edited July 2014 in Nissan
Just saw this, looks like a twin of the Infiniti FX45. More competition for the Highlander and Pilot. I'm not sure how to post the illustrations, they are at:

Nissan announced plans to unveil the new Murano at the New York auto show on March 30th. Nissan described the Murano as a dramatically styled urban SUV, and said it will go on sale in Fall 2002 as a 2003 model. The name Murano is derived from the elegantly sculptured glassware that comes from the islands near Venice bearing the same name.

Nissan says the Murano will feature a large, highly functional interior with numerous storage compartments, such as a large centre console with room for a laptop computer or purse, a standard information centre monitor, sculpted front and rear seats with rear seat recliners, aluminum trim and a lightweight rear hatch for easy opening and closing.



  • toyotas1toyotas1 Posts: 134
    the replacement for the Pathfinder, sine they use the word LARGE. They don't have a platform for a larger SUV, and it doesn't look like an 8 seater.
  • artdechoartdecho Posts: 337
    I read some info that said it would be priced above the Pathfinder.....seems like they want to slot it between the Highlander and RX300. Sketch has a bit of the "PT Cruiser clone" styling that MAG-X reported on. Interesting that the Murano, which we are just hearing about now, will be on the market in the fall, whereas the much-needed X-Trail, which seems to be available everywhere in the world except Canada & the US, is still a ? for our market......the latest rumour says maybe by November......Nissan, what's taking so long?
    oh, & BTW, "elegantly sculpted glassware?" as a name-source for an SUV (even a crossover?!) that supposed to reflect how fragile it is?
  • toyotas1toyotas1 Posts: 134
    pretty foolsh, to have three $25-30k SUV'S in the same lineup, no? Infiniti has not mentioned ANYTHING......wait a minute. The Murano COULD be Nissan's version of the FX45 that IS coming our 'round the 1st of the year!!! A four seat full-sized SUV wih performance!! Very sneaky, Nissan....
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    The ultimate for soccer moms?

    The sticker on the drivers side sunshade --

    "Not to be driven off-road, as this vehicle may shatter"
  • Only 5 messages here. There are a lot of pictures and postings at

    Nissan will introduce a new mid-sized "urban" SUV at the New York Auto Show on March 30th. Nissan insiders tell us it will be a unibody design. We aren't sure if its based on the Pathfinder "mono-frame" or new Altima (SS-L) platform (more likely). One thing is for sure, it will have the now ubiquitous 3.5L VQ V-6 engine. Sources also tell us that the pricing will start above $30k, so we're pretty sure this will be a rung above the current Pathfinder (current MSRP is between $26,649 to $31,499)in price and dimensions. These concept sketches depict a highly angular and edgy design - with some cues from the new Quest concept. Sources tell us that 18" alloy wheels will be standard along with dual exhausts. Nissan will also need to make the Murano a four wheel independent suspension design to keep it competitive with the new Ford Explorer and Highlander for optimal on asphalt conditions. It's a remote possibility that Nissan may offer a V-8 engine like Ford's Explorer but its probably unlikely.

    Official Nissan Press information below

    NISSAN MURANO TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW -The all-new Nissan Murano, a dramatically styled urban SUV makes its first public appearance at the N.Y. Auto Show March 30 and goes on sale next fall as a 2003 model. With its refined, sculpted exterior and thoughtfully designed interior, the Murano offers an exceptional balance of functionality, performance and advanced technology. The name Murano is inspired from the highly desired, elegantly sculptured glassware that comes from the islands near Venice bearing the same name. It is a fitting reflection of the vehicle's concept and design.

    NISSAN'S NEW MURANO SET FOR FALL LAUNCH - The all-new 2003 Nissan Murano, which makes its first public appearance at the New York International Auto Show beginning March 30, features a large, comfortable and highly functional interior. Its unique design includes numerous storage compartments, such as the large center console with room for a laptop computer or purse, a standard information center monitor, sculpted front and rear seats with rear seat recliners, aluminum trim and a lightweight rear hatch for easier opening and closing.

  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    How many people will the Murano seat? If Nissan makes it only a 4 or 5 seater, like their Infinity FX45, I think it is going to die a quick death. Even GMC realized that they goofed with their new SUV only having seating for 5. Yes, sales are going fine for them but, they're rushing to bring an extended version that seats 7 to market.

    IMO for this vehicle to be a serious competitor in this segment it needs to have independent suspension (which it will), a great engine (which it will), AWD (which it will), good not necessarily great styling (which I think it will) and seating for 6 to 7 (which I don't know)?
  • implicitimplicit Posts: 41
    I repeat Nissan Murano and the Infinti FX45 are not the same car. The are exact opposites.

    FX45 is built off the FM platform which is rear wheel drive and is also the bases for G35 and Z.

    Murano will be built off the SS-L platform which is FWD and the bases for Altima and the next Maxima. Also if Murano gets AWD expect Maxima to have as an option or standard too.

    I expect Murano to be built in Japan (great news) since Symra is a full cpacity along with Maxima being there.

    One thing I don't know is pricing. This thing will fail at 30k and up not to mention hurt FX45 a bit. It has to start around 25k.

    I am amazed as everybody to find out how quickly Nissan is bringing this thing to the market after just finding out about it. Welcome to the Nissan Century:)
  • implicitimplicit Posts: 41
    How much Hp will Murano have anyways? It can't be 240? And will they dare to give it more then Pathfinder? Cause Pathfinder won't be going anywhere, it will stick around a few more months till it becomes the fullsize SUV. Nissan will not drop such a Prestigous(sp) name. I think the main reason for the Murano is because Quest will be gone and they need volume. So we might get 7 seating after all :)
  • toyotas1toyotas1 Posts: 134
    The Pathfinder is becoming a full-size? How many $25k sport-utes will Nissan build? Will it be a VehiCross? What are they, Isuzu? The Pathfinder has the most brand equity and recognition. If they erode it's customer base, well...... they have truly earned the name.....Nissan (Bundy!).....
  • fanman8fanman8 Posts: 65
    Looking at the photos of this high tech offering from Nissan I can't help but wonder where the headroom of this vehicle is. Unless the seat is integrated and part of the floorboard that sloping top and windshield seems as though this SUV is seriously lacking in headroom. Unless, of course, this is a concept version picture and not the real thing?
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    The Nissan X-Terra suffers from the same lack of headroom issue. That niftly little storage compartment above the drivers cab seriously limits headroom.
  • implicitimplicit Posts: 41
    Quit your whining. Nissan will not drop such a prestigious name like Pathfinder. Murano will be an addition to the line up. Nissan only has one Sport ute starting around 25k and that is Pathfinder. Xterra ends around 25k. So what was your point may I ask.
  • pbhattipbhatti Posts: 87
    There are some pictures of the murano posted on freshalloy;f=19;t=000152;p=2

  • 93fsu193fsu1 Posts: 97
    Actual pictures today from

    This looks so much better than the artist renderings we have seen. I like the CVT transmission. A very nice vehicle. It is an SUV and not one of those Vibe/Matrix "crossover" things, and not ugly like the Aztec. Just proves how dated the "new" Honda Pilot is before it even makes its first sale.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    That is one huge blind spot. Nice vehicle overall. I suspect it'll use the Infiniti G35's 3.5L V-6 260hp/260 lb-ft to go against the Honda Pilot.
  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    Nissan is saying that the engine is the 3.5 but that it will make 240hp. Will the difference in hp come from regular vs premium gas or the exhaust system or maybe both?
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    Well, the 240-hp Altima uses premium, so I would guess the 3.5L engine will also use premium in the Murano.
  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    Question then, what does Nissan do to the G35 that gives them an additional 20hp? (Sorry this is off topic)
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I have no idea. I'm even more curious to see what they do to the Z to get 280+ HP out of the same engine.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Doesn't list Nissan's V-6 engines year after year as one of the best engines on the market for nothing.

    If the Murano is to have only 240hp, I hope it will then use the Pathfinder's torquey V-6.
  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    I wasn't questioning the quality of the engine. It has proven it's bullet proof. What I'm wondering is how Nissan gets 240 hp for the Murano and Altima, 255 for the Max, 260 for the I35 and 280 for the Z. As far as I can tell it is with the exhaust changes and the use of premium gas. Oh yeah, and that whole waving a magic wand and killing a chicken thing:)
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    It is a wonder how Nissan can come up with so many different HP scenarios on a non turbo or supercharged motor. I just do not buy into Nissans ratings any more. I would like to see each vehicle dyno tested at the drive wheels. That would tell the true story!
  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    I posted this at the PF forum also

    Saw the new murano at nissan website. It looks like it is the size of the pf and the hp is the same. Will it replace the pf? Although as being projected, the pf will be bigger. So maybe the new murano will take the place of the pf (in size like we have today and enjoying it very much) and the new pf a bigger 7 seater
  • troyy2ktroyy2k Posts: 91
    When is the Murano scheduled to debut?

    This is a link to a nice set of pics:

  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    reading through the link given by troyy2k, the Murano will be available in November as a 2003 model
  • Is the rear glass fixed? I really want a liftglass like my Pathfinder - It's so damn useful, and I'd probably have a gas-guzzling Xterra by now if it has a separate glass. It appears that they cheaped out on the rear hatch and kept it fixed.

    Will there be a 2.5 175 hp four? If the Murano is premium-only, I'll have to scratch it off my list.
  • Why not make this an Infinit? Does Nissan need another $25k SUV? What will replace the QX4, which isn't selling? This was made to challenge the RX300/MDX. More questions than answers from Nissan.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Is being released in 2003 - that's going to challenge the RX300/MDX. It's the SUV that's supposed to look like a cheetah.

    Anybody hear about the G35 coupe? It's suppose to be under $30, Infiniti biting into Nissan Z territory?
  • The simplest probable answer is that dealerships have been asking for something to compete with the highlander/rx300. That would be a car-like ride with AWD and room for 5 -- pathfinder is truckbased, doesn't offer a soft enough ride. Crossovers are the current big thing.
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