Nissan is revising its off-roader range in 2010 to help boost its credentials as a manufacturer of both off-road and crossover vehicles.
Nissan Murano gets diesel power
The first car to join the assault is a diesel-powered Nissan Murano that will go on sale in September and help reinforce Nissan’s dominance in the crossover segment – nearly 50% of Nissan’s entire UK volume is now crossover products and that figure is only set to increase further with the forthcoming Nissan Juke.
Previously, the Nissan Murano was only available with the same 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine that powered the Nissan 350Z. Sales were limited as a result, but this new 2.5-litre diesel version should help make it more relevant to more people. The Nissan Murano diesel will develop 187bhp and 332lb ft of torque and is coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Also expected on sale in September is the facelifted Nissan Pathfinder. This rugged off-roader will be offered with Nissan’s new V6 diesel engine, as well as a revised version of the 2.5-litre diesel that develops 244g/km (dropping a tax bracket).
Nissan X-Trail to get radical facelift
Another Nissan 4×4 that requires attention is the Nissan X-Trail. According to Nissan product manager Christopher Lee: “The X-Trail has not been a success, so the key is to make the facelifted version much more dramatic.” Our sources suggest that we should expect a new version of the X-Trail before the end of 2010, with a much more cohesive design in keeping with the Pathfinder.
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