Good interior quality and loads of standard equipment are the things that keep this crossover competitive. On the other side, it definitely lags behind rivals in terms of driving dynamics and overall comfort. When you put all this on paper and add the fact that the current generation has been around since 2014, it seems very likely that the 2021 Nissan Murano is about to receive a complete overhaul. Although we are still waiting for the official confirmation, there are numerous reports that suggest this crossover could come completely new in the next year. At this point, we are relying on rumors, so take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
2021 Nissan Murano Redesign
So, what to expect from the 2021 Nissan Murano? Well, there are many things that need to be improved in the new model. First of all, there is a matter of ride quality. Compared to rivals, the current Murano doesn’t seem very dynamical and definitely isn’t the best performer in the class. Not only that the ride can be quite firm sometimes, but the crossover doesn’t act well in corners either. Therefore, we believe that the current D platform will be replaced with something newer. Of course, we count on a new version of the CMF architecture, which should bring improvements in these aspects. Also, it should bring improvements in weight reduction and overall efficiency, though we have to say that the current model still pretty good in these aspects and delivers above-average fuel economy.
Despite the new platform, we don’t expect that the new 2021 Nissan Murano will change too much in terms of dimensions. This is a typical mid-size crossover, which offers plenty of space on the inside, so there’s no need for radical changes. On the other side, we count on completely new aesthetics. Naturally, the new model should be adapted to the brand’s latest design language. The current model doesn’t look bad, but the competition is getting tougher these days, so super fresh aesthetics are required. Of course, we count on a completely new face, based on the company’s latest iteration of the V-motion design language, though with a couple of distinctive details as well.
The cabin is definitely the strongest point of the current model. It is spacious and well-made, full of quality materials and all kinds of features. Still, there is always enough space for improvements. We expect to see new aesthetics, but also improvements in terms of functionality. The new platform may also bring a little bit more space on the inside, but we have to say that the current model is already pretty strong in this aspect. Naturally, loads of the latest tech features are expected.
2021 Nissan Murano Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, the current engine could easily be replaced. It delivers around 260 horsepower, which is lower compared to most rivals. Therefore, we presume the Japanese manufacturer will come up with something more powerful. The first one that comes to mind is a 3.0-liter turbo V6, which delivers around 300 horsepower. Some reports are also suggesting that the new model could also come with a turbo-four engine in the offer. This unit would probably be reserved for base versions, while the V6 would be available in higher trims. Also, the CVT gearbox could easily be replaced with an automatic transmission.
2021 Nissan Murano Release Date and Price
According to most reports, the all-new 2021 Nissan Murano could arrive already in the next year. We don’t expect to see significant changes in terms of the price. The current model starts at around 31.500 dollars. Key competitors will be models like Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge, Honda Passport etc.