Although it’s just three years old, Nissan’s Murano crossover will receive a number of changes. The interesting high-riding vehicle needs to stay fresh if it wants to be competitive in the segment. However, the changes, both exterior and interior will be mostly cosmetics. On the other hand, the 2018 Nisan Murano will host some new technologies, which will make it safer on road. Plus, the car manufacturer might add some new options under the hood.
2018 Nisan Murano will get ProPilot
The most important improvements of the 2018 Murano is definitely adopting of a semi-autonomous driving assist. The system acts as a traffic-jam assist and operates at lower speeds in a single highway lane. Basically, when it’s in charge, the ProPILOT technology is controlling acceleration, braking, and steering, and it’s capable to navigate city intersections.
Exterior and Interior Changes
As for the cosmetic changes, well, even though we haven’t seen the prototype yet, we are sure the SUV will get a slightly redesigned grille and headlights from the front and perhaps a pair of new taillights in the rear, along with an updated rear bumper. The cab will stay essentially unchanged. The carmaker might update dashboard and instrument cluster, while everything else should stay untouched. Though, the 2018 Nissan Murano might also receive new upholstery inside, as well as a few new exterior colors.
There will be no platform updates this time, while the footprint of the crossover will stay untouched as well. That means that the interior space will stay the same as well. Taking into account that the Murano offers almost class-leading space for both front and second-row passengers, it seems logical the decision not to touch anything.
If the manufacturer decides to touch anything, this will be engine options without any doubt. Currently, the crossover offers just a 3.5-liter unit with 260 horsepower and a limited number of hybrids. The updated 2018 Nissan Murano will likely add or even replace the 3.5-liter V6 mill with a 2.0-liter turbocharged, which will be capable to deliver at least 300 horsepower. The more efficient engine will come in a pair with CVT gearbox, standard front-wheel, and optional all-wheel drive.
According to the latest reports, the refreshed 2018 Nissan Murano will be introduced early next year. The amazing crossover SUV will keep its price at the current level, so you will be able to buy the base model for around $31,000. Of course, in case the high-riding vehicle hosts the new turbo mill and Pro Pilot technology, the price will significantly rise.