Nissan has finally introduced a diesel engine option for its Murano premium crossover SUV.
The off-roader will get a 2.5-litre unit from September this year. While Nissan has yet to reveal economy figures, we would expect it to return around the 35mpg mark.
Whatever the car’s miles per gallon figure, it will certainly be a big improvement on the current 3.0-litre V6 petrol car’s 25.9mpg.
Uses Pathfinder engine
The engine will be less refined than the smooth V6, though. The diesel Murano will be available with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces 190hp and 331lb ft of pulling power. It will, however, come with a standard six-speed automatic gearbox.
It is an upgraded version of the engine fitted to the Pathfinder seven-seat SUV. Which?’s previous experience of this powerplant suggests it is powerful and responsive, although it could do with a bit more soundproofing than it has in the Pathfinder. Nissan’s challenge will be to hush it down in the Murano.
Importantly, the engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter, ensuring it meets Euro 5 emissions standards.
Timely sales boost
The Murano hasn’t been a massive seller since the latest model was launched in 2008. The diesel variant should dramatically improve its popularity, and will enhance the model’s attributes.
These include impeccable build, a standard-spec overload of kit, bespoke Bose stereo and ‘self-repairing’ Scratch Shield paint. This last piece of technology means any light scratches suffered will, over a period of a few days, magically disappear…
Prices similar to petrol car?
Nissan has not yet announced prices, but we would expect the diesel Murano to cost around the same as the V6 petrol – between £30,000-£32,000. This will give the BMW X3 something to think about, so long as Nissan is able to come up with the goods in terms of engine refinement.
It will also bolster the firm’s crossover line-up to three models; the supermini-sized Juke will be on sale by then, joining the mainstream Qashqai, which is hitting Nissan showrooms in facelifted form right now.
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