Nissan's popular crossover gets a facelift for the 2009 model year. Making its world debut at the 2007 Los Angles auto show, the new Murano feature a new look inside and out with some bold exterior styling and interior that Nissan describes as a "mobile suite". Under the hood, the standard 3.5-liter V-6 gets a minor tweaking, and is mated to a new Xtronic continuously variable transmission, with two and four wheel drive options available.
Up front, the new Murano sports an ergonomic visor-like grille with integrated headlights. Other design upgrades include a new hood, more pronounced wheel arches, and integrated fog lights on the higher-end SL and LE models.
In profile, the difference between the new Murano and its predecessor are clear. The updated model gets a more pronounced rear end and a more defined beltline. The new Murano rides on Nissan's new "D" platform, which it shares with the 2008 Altima.
Tech options on the the new Murano include Nissan's updated navigation system, a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, XM Nav Traffic, Bluetooth hands-free calling., and an intelligent iPod adapter. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available with a whopping 9-inch roof-mounted screen.