2004 Nissan Murano Stands Out From Crossover SUV Field With Elegant Styling, Xtronic CVT and Dynamic Performance
The 2004 Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle is Nissan's first entry into the crossover SUV segment.
Introduced in 2003, Murano comes with a standard 245 horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 for superior acceleration and offers the first
North American standard application of Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which provides smooth,
responsive acceleration, quiet efficient operation and virtually eliminates traditional shift shock. Other performance features
include 4-wheel independent suspension for a smooth, car-like ride and a new all-wheel drive system. A front-wheel drive model is also offered.
Developed, designed and engineered specifically for the North American market, Murano was conceived
as an exciting alternative to the growing number of look-alike crossover SUVs coming to market, combining the uncompromising
functional aspects of a true SUV with the ride comfort of a sport sedan in a highly refined, well-equipped package. Key
differentiators include Murano's sculpted exterior and interior styling, responsive acceleration and handling, high perceived
safety and security, comfort that pampers the driver and passengers and advanced technology features that are easy to use.
As Nissan's first entry into the crossover SUV segment, our objective was to develop a vehicle that truly
stands out in the class in terms of styling, performance, comfort, convenience and technology - offering unmatched
levels of both fun and functionality,' said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.
The Nissan Murano is named after the elegantly sculpted glass art that comes from the islands near Venice.
'Murano glass is considered a leader in both cutting edge design and glass making technologies, said McNabb. In many ways, the
Nissan Murano mirrors this spirit of innovation in areas such as its styling, Xtronic CVT and unique storage solutions.
Sculpted Exterior Design
The Nissan Murano's unique, modern design is made possible, in part, by the use of Nissan's new FF-L (front
engine, front-drive) platform, which it shares elements with the popular Altima. The FF-L platform pushes the wheels out to the
corners, allowing a long wheelbase and wide stance within a manageable overall length. Along with the platform's inherent
handling and performance advantages, it allows greater packaging and styling flexibility.
The exterior, guided by a 'sculpture in motion' theme, offers a new wraparound surface construction, an
architectural front grille and a sporty upswept shaped D-pillar that blends with the rounded rear cargo door to project a very
three-dimensional feel. It features 'SUV strength' below the beltline and sport sedan-like openness above.
The lightweight rear cargo door, constructed from advanced composite plastics reinforced by steel, is not
only easy to open and close but further enhances the Nissan Murano's sculpted appearance. Advanced, vertical stack
headlights are offered with available xenon bulbs. Standard 18-inch wheels and tires contribute to the contemporary, high quality exterior appearance.
Aerodynamic body enhancements include use of an under engine body cover, front and rear tire deflectors and rear spoiler.
Murano is offered in a choice of eight dynamic exterior colors: Deep Bordeaux, Sunlit Copper, Luminous Gold,
Glacier Pearl, Sheer Silver, Super Black, Polished Pewter, and Midnight Blue.
An Inviting, Highly Functional Interior
As a reflection of the active lifestyles of he target Nissan Murano buyers, the interior has been designed
to provide an abundance of storage and cargo capacity, first class seating' for two couples (but can comfortably fit five
passengers), and ample, flexible luggage space.
The interior, highly integrated with the exterior styling, reflects Murano's clean, dynamic overall
design. The seats are specially designed to provide ample roominess and comfort. The driver's seat offers a wide range of
adjustability with a standard 10-way power driver's seat including power lumbar along with power adjustable throttle and brake pedals and a tilt steering wheel.
The split fold-down rear seat includes a reclining feature and a remote flip-down function, so the seats
can be released from the rear cargo area. Other interior amenities include standard dual zone climate controls and rear
air conditioning vents located on the B-pillars.
The instrument panel includes aluminum trim, an available Bose audio system with 7 speakers and a standard
information monitor, with HVAC, audio, trip control and navigation system (optional) controls integrated into its
one-piece 'floating' design. New for 2004, satellite radio pre-wiring is standard (satellite radio reception available when
properly equipped with antenna and receiver and service activated). Additionally, a mobile entertainment system is available.
The combination of long wheelbase, wide stance and compact rear multi-link suspension design helps create a
rear cargo area that offers exceptional room and utility. The Nissan Murano's highly functional storage systems include a
two-tiered lockable center console storage box with room to hold a laptop computer or purse and door pockets with flip-out
function. Additional storage areas include a tray and two bins under the cargo floor and spaces in the center console for cell phones, sunglasses, coins, cups and bottles.
The Murano comes with many standard safety features such as dual-stage supplemental front air bags with
seat belt sensors, front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and front and rear seat curtain side-impact supplemental air
bags. Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones help dissipate the crash energy away from the passenger
compartment. Also standard are front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, LATCH child seat anchors and
tether system and front seat active head restraints.
The Murano interior is offered in a selection of three colors: Charcoal and Caf'Latte in a choice of cloth or
with leather-appointed seats and Cabernet (leather only).
The 2004 Nissan Murano comes in AWD for enhanced all-weather performance and is also available in
front-wheel drive. All models come equipped with a standard 245-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine, derived from the
award-winning engine used in the 2004 Altima and Maxima sedans.
The Nissan Murano also advances the technology boundaries in the crossover SUV class with the first North
American application of Nissan's Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with manual shift mode on SE Models.
Unlike conventional stepped gear automatics, the new Xtronic CVT operates as essentially 'one gear' through use of a belt and two pulleys.
By infinitely varying the working diameters of the two pulleys, the transmission eliminates the steps between
gears, resulting in a smoother, more efficient operation by keeping the engine in its optimum power range under a variety of
driving and load conditions. This benefit is especially apparent in long uphill drives where the traditional hunting for the
proper gear is virtually eliminated.
Other available performance features include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which helps improve vehicle
stability by controlling brake pressure and engine torque automatically in understeer, oversteer or slippery road surface
conditions, Traction Control System (TCS) and a Tire Pressure Monitor System (included in the Dynamic Control Package).
Responsive handling and a comfortable ride are provided by the Nissan Murano's standard 4-wheel independent
suspension, which includes an advanced multi-link rear suspension, cradle-type front subframe and high-stiffness
stabilizer bars. The braking system includes 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force
A Choice of Models and Packages
The 2004 Nissan Murano is available in four well-equipped models and several equipment packages. Every
Murano comes fully equipped with the 245-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, Xtronic CVT, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, EBD and BA,
4-wheel independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering and a standard 21.7 gallon fuel tank for an exceptional driving
range between refueling. Also standard are 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-way adjustable power driver's seat, reclining rear seat
backs, dual zone automatic temperature control, AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows with auto up/down feature on front
windows, keyless remote entry system, large center console and much more.
The Murano SE AWD and SE 2WD models adds a sport-tuned suspension with firmer front/rear springs and struts
and shock absorbers, manual shift mode, unique 6-spoke sporty alloy wheels, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with
manual headlamp levelizer and dark silver lower bumpers.
Optional equipment packages include a Premium Package with roof rails, adjustable pedals and Bose audio
system, cargo cover and cargo net; Sunroof Package includes contents from the Premium Package plus sunroof; SL Leather
Package offering the contents from the Sunroof Package plus leather-appointed seats, 4-way adjustable power passenger's seat
and dark silver-colored lower bumper; SL Touring Package which includes the contents from the SL Leather Package plus HID
headlamps with manual levelizer, driver's seat memory system (seat, adjustable pedals and outside mirrors), and heated front
seats and outside mirrors; SE Touring Package which includes the contents from the Sunroof Package plus leather-appointed seats,
driver's seat memory system (seat, adjustable pedals and outside mirrors), 4-way adjustable power passenger's seat and heated
front seats and outside mirrors; and Dynamic Control Package which includes Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction
Control system and tire pressure monitor system. Other options include, chrome wheels (SL) and navigation system.
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