Nissan’s strategy for standing out in the crowded midsize crossover segment means adding more active safety technology to the 2019 Murano.
Nissan introduced the updated Murano crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. Along with new exterior and interior designs, the automaker is making Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard on the upper-end Platinum trim and an option on the second-from-the-top SL trim as part of the Technology Package.
Standard Safety Features
The automaker has added the following standard safety features to the 2019 Murano: second-row side airbags, a front passenger knee airbag, a rear door alert system that honks the horn to remind drivers to check the back seats for forgotten items and a system that senses drowsy-driving characteristics and alerts the driver.
Exterior changes to the crossover include new LED head- and taillights around a refreshed grille, new LED fog lights, new wheel designs and three new exterior colors. Inside, all 2019 Muranos will come with new trim finishes. The Platinum trim gets new leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts as well as other cosmetic changes. An updated version of NissanConnect navigation includes door-to-door navigation, 3D building graphics and satellite imagery, online POI search and premium traffic information.
Nissan added safety features to vehicles throughout the year and said in a statement that Safety Shield 360 will become standard on all its top-selling models – representing over 1 million new Nissan vehicles sold annually in the U.S. – by 2021.
Safety Shield 360
Safety Shield 360 is a collection of six active safety technologies: Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. The safety suite will be available on five 2019 models: the Murano, the Altima, the Rogue, the Rogue Sport and the Maxima.
The 2019 Murano is the latest update to the third generation of the crossover, which started with the 2015 model year. It will come with the same engine as the 2018 version, a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter gas-powered V6. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions will be available. Four trim levels (S, SV, SL and Platinum) will be available along with two package options. The SV Premium Package includes a moonroof, Intelligent Around View Monitor and an 11-speaker Bose premium sound system. The SL Technology Package includes the Safety Shield 360 technology, as well as Traffic Sign Recognition and a moonroof.
Nissan sold 76,732 Muranos in 2017, a drop of 11.8 percent from the 86,953 the company sold in 2016, the best year for Murano sales. Through the end of October, Nissan sold 68,962 Muranos in 2018, an increase of 17.6 percent over the same period in 2017.
The 2019 Nissan Murano will go on sale in December 2018.