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2012 Nissan Murano: At a Glance (Press Release)

2012 Nissan Murano: At a Glance

The Murano, Nissan’s premium crafted crossover, continues in 2012 as one of the most distinctively styled vehicles in its class – both inside and out. Murano received a number of significant enhancements in 2011, including a revised exterior design and the addition of the SV model. For 2012, enhancements include the addition of a new Platinum Edition, which comes complete with new 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Nissan Navigation System and exclusive Sapphire Black exterior color. Murano S models add an updated 7-inch monochrome screen and one new exterior color, Pearl White, is also added.

The 2012 Nissan Murano is available in eight models: Murano S FWD, Murano S AWD, Murano SV FWD, Murano SV AWD, Murano SL FWD, Murano SL AWD, Murano LE FWD and Murano LE AWD. Murano is also offered in an innovative all-wheel drive convertible model, the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet (for complete information go to

All 2012 Muranos again feature a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gasoline, and an advanced Xtronic CVT™ that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or with an Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system, and all Muranos come with standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Murano is built on Nissan’s proven “D” platform, which provides a solid foundation and lightweight suspension components, dual flow path shock absorbers and a twin-orifice speed-sensitive power steering system.

The most striking visual element of the Murano is its dramatic body, which imparts a “modern art” feel while still maintaining its distinctive “Murano-ness.” The front end features a bold grille and wide front headlights, a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. Murano’s rear end features a unique rear glass shape, integrated rear roof spoiler, large rear LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.

Murano is also offered with an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight, adding to its open, airy interior feeling. Inside, Murano offers high levels of warmth and luxury – with available wood and aluminum accents, a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with power return, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate and RearView Monitor.

Standard or available technology includes Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, Interface System for iPod®, 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, an advanced touch screen Nissan Navigation System and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan Murano include:


  • Highly distinctive exterior design guided by an emotional, curvaceous theme
  • Bold front grille and bumper design
  • Wide, character-like headlights with dynamic accents; available High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights
  • Large LED taillights
  • Standard fog lights on SV, SL and LE models
  • Available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight (standard on SV, SL and LE)
  • Available rain-sensing front wipers (standard on SL and LE)
  • Available power liftgate (standard on SL and LE)
  • Available roof rack with accessory crossbars (standard on SV. SL and LE)
  • Eight available exterior colors, including new Sapphire Black (exclusive to Platinum Edition) and Pearl White, as well as previously available Merlot, Tinted Bronze, Brilliant Silver, Platinum Graphite, Super Black and Graphite Blue

Engine and Driveline

  • 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 producing 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gasoline, tuned for Murano
  • Twin Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), twin knock sensor, low exhaust pressure, 10.3:1 compression ratio, 6,000 rpm redline
  • Second-generation Xtronic CVT™ with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) for sporty response and smoothness – utilizes an advanced, sport-tuned controller with adaptive logic for driving comfort or driving performance as conditions require
  • Available in front-wheel drive or advanced all-wheel drive system that connects the VDC system, yaw sensors, wheel slip sensors and steering angle sensors to the AWD system to distribute torque according to driving conditions

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Proven “D” platform (also utilized on Altima) designed to provide improved stiffness for reduced levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) over the previous Murano design, as well as outstanding handling responsiveness and ride comfort
  • Lightweight 4-wheel independent suspension (independent strut front, multi-link rear) featuring extensive use of aluminum components, cradle-type front subframe and front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Dual flow path shock absorbers for responsiveness and reduced ride harshness
  • Twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); G-sensor on all-wheel drive models
  • Standard 18-inch 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels; P235/65R18 tires on S, SV, SL
  • Standard 20-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with P235/55R20 tires on LE
  • Unique 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on LE Platinum Edition

Interior Features

  • “Mobile suite” interior design with spacious cabin, fold-flat rear seats, wide cargo area and “Welcome Lighting” ambient lighting system
  • Innovative instrument panel design, aluminum trim throughout interior
  • Available leather-appointed interior surfaces with double-stitched seats
  • Standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ keyless entry and ignition system
  • Standard Push Button Ignition
  • Heated front seats, steering wheel and outside mirrors (available on SL and LE)
  • Heated rear seats (available on LE)
  • Standard 7-inch color display for audio, climate control, fuel economy, maintenance and comfort and convenience systems (standard on SV, SL and LE)
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System (standard on SL, SV and LE)
  • Available Nissan Hard-Drive Navigation System with user-friendly graphic interface, menu structure and intelligent search capabilities and XM NavTraffic® (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Telescopic steering wheel (manual on S, SV and SL, power on LE)
  • 60/40 fold-flat rear seatback with power return (standard on SL and LE)
  • Standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) (except S)
  • Standard AM/FM/CD6 with six speakers, AUX-in jack and MP3/WMA capability
  • Available Bose® premium 11-speaker audio system with Radio Data System, AUX-in jack, MP3/WMA capability and speed-sensitive volume control
  • Integrated iPod® connectivity (SV, SL and LE)
  • RearView Monitor (standard on SV, SL and LE)
  • Highly functional storage systems, including a two-tier lockable center console storage box with fold-out function, cell phone holder, dual seatback pockets
  • Readability-enhancing Fine Vision gauges and driver instrumentation with white backlighting, plus illuminated steering wheel controls
  • Auto door lock feature
  • Wood grain hue trim (LE models only)
  • Two available interior colors – Beige and Black


  • Six standard air bags, including Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
  • Front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Standard driver and passenger seat belt warning lamps
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered in eight well-equipped models: S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD, plus new Platinum Edition option package
  • Assembled in Kyushu, Japan

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