Nissan Murano Tries to Stay Relevant With Refresh

The 2019 Nissan Murano Solidifies Its Standing as a Semi-Luxury Crossover

2019 Nissan Maxima Facelift Gets A Nosejob And New Tech

Nissan unveiled the 2019 Maxima sedan at the Los Angeles auto show. It comprises Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Rear Automatic Braking. The Murano gets redesigned LED headlights and taillights, new LED fog lights, 18-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels, and three new exterior colors.

That said, Dan Monhke, senior VP of sales and marketing for Nissan in the US, was adamant that the company remains committed to its sedans.

Safety Shield 360, Nissan's suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies, has made it to the Murano with the mid-cycle update.

American buyers there are three new shades of the body: Sunset Drift Chromaflair, Mocha Almond Pearl and Deep Blue Pearl. The 2019 Maxima is scheduled to arrive in Nissan showrooms next month.

Inside, the Murano doesn't change much but does get some luxury-oriented features like semi-aniline leather seats with diamond quilted panels and contrasting piping on the seat and armrests.

Safety Shield 360 is a critical part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which provides technology in a way that moves people to a better world. So, in the "base" of the crossover now has a knee airbag for the front passenger side "airbag" on the second row of seats.

But equipping Murano-2019 richer, and new things related to safety. Nissan's innovative Rear Door Alert (RDA) system is also standard on all 2019 Murano grades. Nissan wants to make this tech standard on one million new vehicles by 2021, but strangely hasn't committed to making it standard on every model like Toyota has.

The Maxima retains its 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired to a continuously variable transmission that sends power to the front wheels. The drive can be front or full. Murano SL and above grades add standard NissanConnect with Navigation, which is revised for 2019 to include Door-to-Door navigation with 3D building graphics and satellite imagery, online POI search and premium traffic information.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across all trim levels. The SR Premium Package, meanwhile, gains a dual panoramic sunroof.

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