After the minor facelift for this season, the new 2020 Nissan Murano will bring another portion of changes. The SUV is ready for the mid-cycle update, but the redesign will happen in 2021, with an eventual new generation on the way. Until then, the new Murano will introduce a small update of the exterior, slightly more changes inside the cabin, and a possible hybrid engine. The release date is set for the last quarter of the year, and the new electrified version will arrive in 2020.
The advantages of the 2020 Nissan Murano over its rivals will be price, engine, and the hybrid drivetrain. The mid-size segment is now more crowded, with VW Atlas introducing the two-row version, and the new Honda Passport arrived for 2019 season. Of course, there are also old rivals, Ford Edge and the more upscale Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can also pay attention to the return of Chevy Blazer to a mid-size SUV class.
2020 Nissan Murano Changes
The new SUV will be recognizable. The changes to this model include a revisit to the front fascia. The 2020 Nissan Murano could get a more rugged look, similar to its larger sibling, Armada. Still, it is not as big as the full-size model, and it lacks more ground clearance. Whatsoever, if we compare the first ever Murano with the upcoming model, we will find the same styling. The new one is modernized and more aesthetic, but it is not making a huge difference. If you compare older generations of its competitors to nowadays models, you will see these are not the same vehicles anymore.
Smooth lines and aggressive shapes are trademark features. Of course, there are V-Motion grille and floating roof. Small changes on the LED lighting at both ends are expected. Fog lights and roof rails should be standard again.
The 2020 Nissan Murano interior is going to take more serious changes. Well, the equipment in the cockpit is already one of the best in the class. Some of the advantages the SUV is offering is plenty of space, comfortable seats, and a lot of infotainment gadgets. The third-row option might be the major lack. However, with only two rows of seats, Murano will still have plenty of cargo space. You will get 32 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 67 cubic feet total with this row folded down. The new model is going to redesign the control room. The current layout is not so simple to learn, and commands could take the driver’s attention from the road. Nissan could also add some autonomous drive features, while parking sensors are available at higher trim levels.
Top Of the Line 2020 Nissan Murano Platinum Trim Features
Platinum is usually the most packed version of Nissan’s vehicle. So it will be with the mid-size SUV. Murano Platinum for 2020 will offer more options than before. We expect it to bring back 20-inch wheels and panoramic moonroof as the highlights of the package. Of course, there are other advanced features and options that will make this package cost $13,000 more than the standard version. Heated and cooled front seats will be available, as well as the new safety features. Automatic braking is one of them. Seats are wrapped in leather and special badges will show this is the top option you can get from the 2020 Nissan Murano.
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Nissan Murano remains a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable to produce 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The company pairs it with a CVT gearbox, although many owners wished to see some other transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. Optionally, buyers can opt for AWD models. Either way, the new Murano is going to offer 1,500 pounds of towing capacity. Compared to all rivals, it is far from enough. These numbers are more suitable for the compact segment.
Could Nissan Launch Murano Hybrid?
The current generation of the mid-size SUV was introduced in 2015. Next year, Nissan launched the hybrid version. However, the stint was not as successful as chiefs were hoping. However, they could give Murano Hybrid another chance. More and more mid-size SUVs are using this technology, and hybrids are the future in the automotive world. Nissan is already a leader in similar operations since the LEAF EV is the best-selling electric model ever. That is a good start for the Murano Hybrid.
2020 Nissan Murano Release Date and Price
The 2020 Nissan Murano is not bringing too many changes, so its debut is not going to be a show. However, the company will start selling its mid-size SUV by the end of 2019. If the hybrid model appears, that will be in mid-2020. The price of the vehicle remains the same. The base version will cost $31,500. If you want all-wheel drive, then the cost jumps by $1,500. SV trim is a mid-range option, with a $35,000 price tag, while the SL starts around $40,000. The top model is the 2020 Nissan Murano Platinum. This time the base version will cost above $45,000. With AWD and a few other additional features, the price will reach $50k mark.