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2022 Nissan Murano all-wheel drive: changes that noticeably improve comfort
2022 Nissan Murano all-wheel drive: changes that noticeably improve comfort
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The 2022 Nissan Murano is a slightly custom crossover in the Japanese brand's lineup. This car has not been fully modernized globally for more than five years. But despite this, it remains quite in demand in the Russian market, while its direct competitors Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe have gone through a generational change over the specified period. And the latter also managed to go through restyling. The uniqueness of the Murano is added by the fact that in addition to the 3.5-liter "atmospheric" engine, a hybrid installation is available to it. Crossovers with similar units in the price range of 2, 9 million rubles are rarely found on the Russian market. Murano already offers many comfort options in the base, including leather seats with premium acoustics. In the top-end modifications, all-round cameras and additional security systems appear.

Specifications

Structurally and technically, the 2022 Nissan Murano has not changed. The manufacturer has not yet announced when the crossover will receive a new body and motors. At the same time, Nissan has adjusted the configuration and prices, adding a previously unavailable modification and making the car more comfortable. But outwardly, judging by the published photos, Murano has not changed. Probably the reason why Nissan is not yet doing a global crossover redesign is because the Japanese model's specifications and other features are satisfying potential buyers.

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As before, the Murano is based on McPherson struts and a multi-link rear design, which are complemented by anti-roll bars. By default, the Japanese crossover is equipped with a continuously variable variator, which recently comes with a chain drive, which increases the reliability of the box. As part of the latest redesign, Nissan engineers have tweaked the anti-roll bars and re-tuned the spring-loaded dampers for greater comfort.

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The standard Murano is equipped with a 3.5-liter "naturally aspirated" engine, which develops no more than 249 hp. useful power (the indicator is artificially limited for the Russian market) and 325 N * m of torque. With such a unit, the Japanese crossover gains 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds, consuming an average of 9.9 liters of fuel. For a surcharge, Murano buyers are offered a hybrid installation with a 2.5-liter engine, complemented by a turbocharger. In combination with one electric motor, this unit produces no more than 234 hp. power and 330 N * m tractive torque. With a hybrid Murano accelerates to 100 km / h in 8.3 seconds, but consumes an average of 8.3 liters of gasoline. Also, the Japanese model is complemented by a plug-in all-wheel drive, which redistributes up to 50% of the torque to the rear axle.

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The Murano is 4898 mm long, 1915 mm wide and 1691 mm high. The wheelbase is 2825 mm, the ground clearance is 184 mm.

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Options and prices

The 2022 Nissan Murano differs from its predecessors with the appearance of a new configuration, which became the base for the crossover. But the manufacturer recently removed one modification from the list. Therefore, today the crossover is available in Russia in five versions.

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Mid

The initial version of the Japanese model is estimated at 2.95 million rubles. It is noteworthy, but this modification turned out to be more expensive than the next, more equipped configuration. Such a difference in price is due to the fact that, together with the Mid trim, customers are offered a 3.5-liter "aspirated". The next modification comes with a hybrid setup. As a standard, an exhaust gas aftertreatment system can be purchased along with the Japanese model, which reduces harmful emissions. The basic configuration includes:

  • aluminum wheel rims with a radius of 18 inches;
  • disc brakes placed in a circle;
  • front and rear LED lighting technology;
  • LED front fog lights;
  • headlights with automatic switching function;
  • automatically started wipers;
  • side mirrors, complemented by electric heating, servo-drive and LED turn signal repeaters;
  • full-size "spare wheel".
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When buying a basic configuration, you can count on a fairly large list of comfortable options, including:

  • seating with artificial leather trim;
  • electrically adjustable luggage compartment door;
  • multifunction steering wheel with leather sheath;
  • 7-inch information screen in the instrument panel;
  • keyless engine start system;
  • electric heating and servo drive of the first row of seats;
  • keyless entry system to the salon;
  • climate system;
  • a stereo system with six speakers;
  • rear view camera;
  • 7-inch screen with touch control.
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As standard, 7 airbags are supplied with the 2022 Nissan Murano, including one knee. For the protection of the driver and passengers in the Japanese crossover, front and rear parking radars, sensors for monitoring air pressure in the wheels, as well as anti-lock brakes, assistance in emergency stop and start on the rise, stabilization control and constant speed are responsible.

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Top

This version is estimated at a minimum 2.9 million rubles. Despite the fact that it costs less than the previous modification, this configuration expands the list of on-board equipment due to LED ambient lighting of the interior, exterior mirrors with automatic adjustment functions, a sunroof in the roof, ventilation of the front seats and a tracking system for "blind" zones. Instead of the standard stereo system, the Top version uses premium acoustics with 11 speakers, which is combined with navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen, side and forward view cameras. In addition, an auto-dimming mirror appears in the cabin. Externally, this version of the crossover stands out due to the 20-inch rims.

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High

For simplicity, understanding the features of the 2022 Nissan Murano, the High version was placed next to the Top, since it costs 3.33 million rubles. But the side and front view cameras, ventilation of the front seats, an electrically adjustable sunroof and a tracking system for "dead" zones disappear in it. But in this version, an electric steering wheel appears.

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High +

For this configuration they ask for 3.45 million rubles. The High + version complements the Top version by means of a driver monitoring sensor, an electric drive of the front seats with the function of storing selected settings and a memory system in the remote control key. In addition, this configuration includes a steering column servo drive.

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Top +

The top version of the 2022 Nissan Murano is estimated in Russia at 3.65 million rubles. This trim offers separate touchscreen displays for rear passengers and additional trim materials.

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Options and prices (summary table)

# Equipment Model years Cost, rub. Drive unit Transmission Engine, cc cm Acceleration from 0 to 100, s Max. speed, km / h Power, max., H.p. (kW) at rpm Combined fuel consumption in l / 100 km
1 2.5 HEV CVT 4WD Top 2016 - 2899000 Full (4WD) Variable speed drive 2488 8.3 210 234 (172) / 5600 8, 3
2 3.5 CVT Mid 2016 - 2949000 Front Variable speed drive 3498 7.9 210 249 (183) / 6400 9, 9
3 3.5 CVT 4WD Top + October 2020 - 3650000 Full (4WD) Variable speed drive 3498 8.2 210 249 (183) / 6400 10, 2
4 3.5 CVT 4WD High 2016 - 3330000 Full (4WD) Variable speed drive 3498 8.2 210 249 (183) / 6400 10, 2
5 3.5 CVT 4WD High + 2016 - 3450000 Full (4WD) Variable speed drive 3498 8.2 210 249 (183) / 6400 10, 2
6 3.5 CVT 4WD Mid 2016 - 3200000 Full (4WD) Variable speed drive 3498 8.2 210 249 (183) / 6400 10, 2
7 3.5 CVT 4WD Top 2016 - 3550000 Full (4WD) Variable speed drive 3498 8.2 210 249 (183) / 6400 10, 2

* - information on prices is for reference only. Check with your local dealer for the exact cost.

Safety

Despite the fact that in a number of parameters Murano may well compete with the more expensive Lexus RX, the first model turned out to be worse than the second. As shown by the results of crash tests, Nissan has created a beautiful crossover that does not protect the driver and passengers at all. In a frontal impact on this car, equipped with seven airbags at once, the mannequins were damaged, which in the case of a real person is incompatible with life. Moreover, after such a collision, the front door of the crossover flew off its hinges. Murano also showed a low result in a side impact.

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It is worth noting that these shortcomings were identified in the crossover, which is supplied to the Latin American market. The safer Murano is introduced in the US, according to local testing. Although it also raises some concerns about security. In particular, the front wheels can also wrap in the passenger compartment in the event of a collision, resulting in the driver's legs breaking. It is not known which version of the crossover is sold in Russia, since in our country such tests were not carried out with the Japanese model, which is assembled near St. Petersburg.

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Handling and off-road capabilities

Nissan has adapted the Murano for the Russian market, re-tuning the suspension and making a number of other changes. Thanks to this, the off-road capabilities of the crossover have significantly improved. True, such changes did not turn the Japanese model into a full-fledged SUV: it is more likely intended for occasional driving on a dirt road than for overcoming soggy terrain after prolonged rains.

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On the other hand, the changes made had a positive effect on the car's behavior on "broken" asphalt. Suspension of the crossover “swallows” most of the bumps, providing a comfortable ride. At the same time, attention is drawn to the ability to accurately maintain a straight line, including during sharp maneuvers. But the crossover's steering gear is poorly tuned. In particular, this is especially evident in parking lots. In parking lots, drivers have to constantly and many times make efforts to park their car.

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Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages of the Japanese crossover include the following:

  • comfortable suspension providing a smooth ride even on "broken" asphalt;
  • comfortable and ergonomic interior;
  • intuitive multimedia;
  • a lot of space in the second row of seats.
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At the same time, Murano, despite the declared price, has many disadvantages:

  • high fuel consumption;
  • poorly tuned steering;
  • very low security level;
  • in comparison with competitors, there are few driving assistants.

In general, these shortcomings are largely due to the fact that Murano has not been updated for a long time.

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Design

The Japanese model stands out from the competition with its original and sporty appearance. The crossover has an elongated front part of the body and a coupe-like roof, which is why the rear support legs are compact. The voluminous hood at the end curves downward, smoothly merging into the branded radiator grille with a V-shaped metal plate. Murano's elongated head optics emit a thin strip of LED lights, more reminiscent of a feather stroke. The front bumper also contains a metal plate, which from below, as it were, picks up niches with fog lights. At the stern of the crossover, there are large headlights, which start on the voluminous wheel fenders and, gradually thinning, go to the support struts. There is also a metal plate along the rear bumper that separates the plastic body kit with two tailpipes from the rest of the body.

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The salon of the Japanese model stands out for its premium performance. In addition to the leather seats, the Murano has upholstered door cards, a transmission tunnel and half of the dashboard. But despite this design, the interior of the crossover looks outdated. In many ways, this impression is provided by the center console with a built-in touchscreen monitor and several compact washers for electronics control.

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Sales start

In fact, this version of Murano entered the Russian market back in 2016. The last time Nissan only changed the trim level of the crossover.

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Competitors

The list of crossover competitors includes the following models:

  • Hyundai Santa Fe;
  • Kia Sorento;
  • Mazda CX-7;
  • Honda CR-V.

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