Nissan’s mid-sized, design-focused Murano SUV has been around in the current form since the introduction of the third-generation version for 2015. Nissan updated the model’s styling and added more standard features for the 2019 model year. The 2020 Murano is here with more accessible active safety systems. The next 2021 Nissan Murano is expected with no major changes in any aspect while the all-new version should appear for the 2022 season.
While Nissan was spotted testing the all-new Rogue which started the current generation in 2014, the stylish Murano hasn’t yet been caught in the prototype form. With the recent styling update and more equipment available in the lower grades, the Murano will continue in the same form to the next model year while the prototype of the next-generation Murano should hit roads sometime next year signaling its arrival for the 2022 model year.
2021 Nissan Murano: Design
The current, third-generation Nissan Murano gets attention with its coupe-like shape and swooping angles while it uses the Nissan D platform designed for the mid-size cars.
The model received some styling updates for the 2019 season when Nissan added new LED headlights, taillights and revised wheel designs. With the boomerang-style running lights, sleek V-motion grille and chiseled body lines and angles, the Murano is hard to be overlooked.
The next Nissan Murano will keep the current styling form while the all-new 2022 Murano should adopt design language previewed by the Nissan Xmotion Concept which will see implementation in the next Roque as well.
The cabin of the Murano comes with supportive seats, comfortable rear row and high-quality materials but it needs a refresh to stay relevant in the class. However, the cabin of the next Murano will stay unchanged while it should get redesigned interior for the 2022 model year. The next Murano should also repeat the same trim options but active safety equipment could be standard from the base version.
The Murano provides long ride comfort thanks to the supportive seats and it has well-arranged controls as well. Customers get also 31 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The model comes also with the full-featured infotainment system and active safety equipment accessible from the base version.
The entry-level Murano will come on the 18-inch wheels equipped also with an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, six speakers, satellite radio and more. The base version will also be equipped with forward collision warning with automatic braking while systems such as active lane control, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise and more could also appear in the base version for the new model year.
The next trim will add heated front seats, more speakers, a leather-treated steering wheel, a sunroof, etc.
The top trims will come equipped with the leather upholstery, navigation, memory settings, heated rear seats and more. The top-tier version will introduce ventilated seats, premium quilted upholstery, etc.
2021 Nissan Murano: Performance, MPG
The 2021 Nissan Murano isn’t expected to bring changes in the powertrain range either. The model will again rely on the 3.5-liter V-6 engine in all trims. The engine will again be in the combination with a continually variable transmission. This combination is good for 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will have a chance to choose between the front- and all-wheel drive in all trims.
The stylish Murano SUV will again support up 1, 500 pounds of towing. The front-wheel-drive version should return a non-impressive 20 mpg city and 28 highways.
The Murano will deliver a comfortable ride thanks to the soft suspension while lightweight steering will ensure easy and precise maneuvering. Buyers shouldn’t expect fast acceleration from the V-6 engine and the model should score 60 mph in mid-7 seconds range. With the all-wheel drive installed, the Murano will possess the all-weather but limited off-road capability.
2021 Nissan Murano: Release, Price
The next 2021 Nissan Murano should go on sale in late 2020. Without notable upgrades, the base version should stay close to the current price of $31,500. The best-equipped Murano will raise the stake to mid-$40, 000s.
With the stylish and easy-ride Murano in the SUV range, Nissan offers an alternative to the Ford Edge, Kia Sorrento, Honda Passport, Toyota RAV4, etc.