Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., today unveiled two all-new 2009 Nissan production vehicles - the Nissan Murano crossover and the Nissan GT-R at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. The second-generation Murano, which features new exterior and interior designs, along with enhanced performance, goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide beginning in January 2008. The Nissan GT-R, which will be available for the first time ever in the United States beginning in June 2008, makes its North American debut at the L.A. Auto Show, following its global introduction at the Tokyo Motor Show last October.
Making its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2009 Murano, elevates its unique position in the marketplace through a "super-evolution" of the original design. The all-new Murano features new exterior and interior designs, enhanced technology and a new premium driving feel resulting from a new, advanced platform and continued refinement of Murano's standard 3.5-liter V6 engine and advanced, second-generation Xtronic CVT.
The most striking visual element of the 2009 Murano is its new body, which imparts a "modern art" feel while still maintaining its distinctive "Murano-ness." The new Murano design also includes an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof and 2nd row skylight. Inside, the 2009 Murano lives up to its "mobile suite" design theme with new levels of warmth and luxury.
Other available Murano features include a new foldaway cargo organizer, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate, rain-sensing front wipers and RearView Monitor.
All 2009 Muranos feature a VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and an advanced Xtronic CVT with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience. 2009 Muranos are available in front-wheel drive or with an advanced all-wheel drive system, and all Muranos come standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction Control System (TCS) for all-weather confidence. The 2009 Murano features a new "D" platform, first introduced on the 2007 Altima, which provides a solid foundation and new, lighter suspension components with increased stiffness.