The upcoming 2021 Nissan Murano is certain, but its upgrades are a mystery. This two-row mid-size crossover isn’t as popular as before, mostly because the markets are demanding three-row models. Sales are low and if you like Nissan, your first choice should be Pathfinder. Thanks to that, Nissan will try to separate Murano crossover from its regular lineup of SUVs and try to offer something unique.
For instance, some reports are writing about convertible crossover variant. Murano could be that model. Moreover, a hybrid is a must, along with a complete redesign. Lastly, you can expect serious interior upgrades. The Japanese manufacturer will certainly go to try to put Murano back where it belongs.
2021 Murano Exterior Redesign and Interior Revamp
The Japanese automaker will opt for a total exterior revamp. New 2021 Nissan Murano is about to gain various changes and upgrades. Interestingly, this crossover looks fresh and is not that old in terms of design. Still, that combination didn’t work for Nissan so a redesign is the only remaining choice. Spy photos are not available yet as Nissan plans to remain silent and surprise the automotive world in 2021. On the other hand, some things are very certain.
Nissan’s iconic V-Motion grille, sporty appearance, and impressive styling are what everyone expects to see. Even the interior will gain drastic updates. Besides fresh cabin design, Nissan will deliver the latest driver-assistance features, new infotainment, and larger displays. Furthermore, expect brand-new upholstery and interior bits that are similar to the ones in the new Nissan Rogue.
New Engine Option
It isn’t a brand-new engine option but it is an improved engine option. New 2021 Nissan Murano will continue to use the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. This drivetrain is present for years now and it also powers the Nissan Pathfinder model. However, Murano won’t deliver 300 hp as the Pathfinder. Instead, it will generate around 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, expect better fuel efficiency.
Nissan re-tuned this engine so it is an improvement for Murano in every possible way. This crossover will return 24 mpg combined and it will tow almost 2,000 pounds. The latest reports are also suggesting a new turbo-four engine that will be optional and it will produce even more power.
If Nissan wants to succeed with a new Murano crossover than a hybrid option is a must. Because of that, the 2021 Nissan Murano Hybrid is very certain to happen. Basically, the future of Murano depends on its hybrid powertrain. So far, we don’t have any info about the vehicle’s specs, but Rogue’s hybrid setup is the most likely outcome.
Moreover, Pathfinder should also get similar output in the near future. The most important thing, Honda and Toyota are already selling hybrid models and are additionally expanding their lineup of crossovers and SUVs.
2021 Nissan Murano Price and Release Date
The price is another mystery. The forthcoming 2021 Nissan Murano should cost around $31,000. However, the outbreak of Covid-19 canceled all automotive events that are rescheduled. If everything went according to plan, Nissan will release the new Murano crossover later this year.