2020 Nissan Murano expands availability of Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, continues to offer premium style and features
Nissan’s flagship crossover combines forward-looking design sensibility with an elegant style, without a luxury price tag
Following a comprehensive refreshening for the 2019 model year, including revised exterior and interior treatments, Murano adds expanded availability of Nissan Safety Shield 360 for 2020, along with new option package naming and content.
Safety Shield 360 is a critical part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which provides technology in a way that moves people to a better world. Safety Shield 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. It is now standard on Murano SV, SL and Premium grades.
In addition, upgraded standard equipment has been added for Murano SV, SL and Platinum grades. Murano SV adds heated outside mirrors, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and rear sonar. Murano SL adds Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), while Murano Platinum receives a new smooth leather-wrapped steering wheel. Also added is one new exterior color, Super Black.
The 2020 Murano continues as the halo vehicle for Nissan’s wide range of bold crossovers and SUVs, expressing Nissan’s advanced design direction – including its V-motion front end, LED signature boomerang lights and the unique “floating” roof. The stunning exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel – including features such as advanced Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Dual Panel Moonroof.
A Lightness of Form
With its highly emotional design, Murano’s sculptural qualities stand out in a crossover field known more for uniformity and utility-based styling than boldness and light. It expresses the dynamic side of Nissan, but with an urban sophistication and a sense of completeness. The 2020 Murano expresses three key elements of Nissan’s signature design language – the V-Motion front end, signature boomerang lights and floating roofline.
The prominent glass areas are created through the use of its jet-inspired roof and D-pillars that appear disconnected from the roof, helping lighten the cabin. The result is a unique floating feeling that can be recognized from far away.
Another key element is the standard signature boomerang-style LED headlights and taillights. The headlights, with their LED Daytime Running Light accents, are instantly recognizable at night. Murano’s sculptural bodysides created an engineering challenge, especially in the strong curvature of the rear fender stampings.
Other critical details, such as the active grille shutter, fender lip moldings, rear bumper surfacing, rear tire deflectors and integrated rear spoiler help achieve its 0.31 coefficient of drag – on par with many sports cars.
A Premium Interior
Murano’s upscale “social lounge” interior creates an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. The low instrument panel features a large information and control center with a standard 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control centered between the outer wings.
Adding to the driver’s sense of connectedness with security is Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display with a 7.0-inch high-resolution color display. Available audio systems include an advanced Bose® design with 11 speakers (including dual subwoofers), HD Radio® and standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).
All 2020 Murano grades feature NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control. Murano SL and Platinum grades include standard NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, SiriusXM® Traffic™ and SiriusXM® Travel Link™ (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). The Door to Door navigation includes connected POI search and premium traffic functions.
Standard on Murano Platinum grade is NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM®, which includes services such as automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote services including start/stop, lock/unlock, flash lights, sound horn, customizable alerts including drive zone, valet, curfew and speed alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).
An Amazon Alexa skill is available free of charge under the connected car category within the Amazon Skills Store, allowing owners to use voice commands to remote lock/unlock, honk the horn, flash the lights and start or stop the engine of the 2020 Murano (powered by NissanConnect Services).
Nissan’s advanced Zero Gravity seats are standard for front and rear outboard occupants. The rear seats are a three-cushion design. Climate-controlled seats (heating and cooling) are available in front, along with available Quick Comfort™ heated rear seats.
Other interior features include standard Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control and Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, along with available leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, steering wheel position memory, driver’s seat and outside mirror memory and Remote Engine Start1 with Intelligent Climate Control. Overhead, the available Dual Panel Moonroof enhances the open, airy feeling.
There are also two USB ports (one Type-A, one Type-C) for the rear seats that allow for charging of devices, along with ample storage areas and compartments throughout the interior.
Murano’s cargo area provides ample storage space with the seats up. The rear cargo area, for example, accommodates four large suitcases, while the rear seats fold flat for greater cargo convenience. With the easy rear seat release and available power rear seat return, Murano converts from people hauler to cargo hauler or back within seconds. All configurations can be done from the back, without walking to each door. A convenient Motion-Activated Power Liftgate is standard on SL and Platinum grades.
Standard 3.5-liter V6 and an Extra Set of Eyes
Every 2020 Murano comes equipped with an advanced 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Also standard is an advanced Xtronic transmission tuned for quick response and smoothness. The Xtronic holds the engine at the ideal rpm for the conditions at hand, offering responsive power for passing when needed and quiet efficient running at cruising speeds or around town, with the standard D-Step Logic adding the feel of a traditional stepped automatic. All Murano grades are offered in front-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
Fuel economy2 is rated at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models, thanks in part to the advance aerodynamics and engine/transmission efficiencies.
Murano offers responsive handling and a comfortable ride through use of a 4-wheel independent suspension featuring a front strut/rear multi-link design. Also standard are 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering.
Standard 18-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/65R18 all-season tires are offered on S and SV grades, while SL grades come equipped with 20-inch machined aluminum alloy Dark Metallic Gray finish wheels with 235/55R20 all-season tires. The top-of-the-line Platinum grade features exclusive 20-inch Dark Hyper Silver finish aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/55R20 all-season tires.
The 2020 Murano also incorporates up to four cameras and three radar sensors to provide input to a range of available technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection (PAEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Parking a Murano is made easier with the available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3, which helps alert the driver to detected moving objects near the vehicle via an on-screen notification and warning chime.
Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)4, which helps alert the driver when drowsy driving is detected, is standard on all grades. The Intelligent Driver Alertness system provides an audible and visual warning if the system judges that the driver may be drowsy (using analysis of steering inputs to detect changes in the driving behavior).
Every Murano includes as standard the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with a rollover sensor and a driver supplemental knee air bag. The front passenger knee supplemental air bag and rear seat side-impact supplemental air bags bring the total to 10 air bags.
Also available is Intelligent Lane Intervention (I-LI) and the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system – which provides Murano drivers with the most recent speed limit information detected by a camera unit located on the windshield in front of the inside rearview mirror. The information from detected signs is displayed in the Advanced Driver Assist Display. In vehicles equipped with navigation, the speed limit display is based on a combination of navigation system data and camera recognition.
Murano’s standard Rear Door Alert5 is designed to help remind customers of items that may be forgotten in the rear seat. The system detects if a rear door is opened prior to driving, and if it is not opened again at the end of the trip, the system can remind customers that something might be left in the rear seat. RDA – the industry’s first system that uses the horn in addition to door sensors and a message display on the center instrument panel – is designed to be simple, unobtrusive and can be easily turned on or off as needed.
A Range of Models
The 2020 Nissan Murano is offered in four well-equipped premium grade levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The well-equipped Murano S includes features such as 18-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels and an 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, front (2) and rear (2) USB connection ports for iPod® interface and other compatible devices and rear (2) USB connection ports for charging, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.
Murano SV content has been upgraded for 2020 and includes heated outside mirrors, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and rear sonar. Other standard equipment includes 10-way driver/4-way front passenger power seats, black roof rails, remote engine start3, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob and auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.
Murano SL models add Traffic Sign Recognition, NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ with 8.0-inch color display and multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, SiriusXM® Traffic™ and SiriusXM® Travel Link™ (fuel prices, weather, movie listings, stock info, sports scores) (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), leather-appointed seating, Bose® audio with 11 speakers including two subwoofers, Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3, heated front and rear seats, heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, ambient LED lighting, heated steering wheel, driver’s seat and mirror memory, Motion-Activated Power Liftgate and roof rails with silver accents, 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, LED fog lights and front parking sensors.
Murano Platinum includes a Dual Panel Moonroof, unique 20-inch Dark Hyper Silver machined aluminum-alloy wheels, climate controlled front seats, steering wheel with power tilt, telescoping and memory, NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® with automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote services including start/stop, lock/unlock, flash lights, sound horn, customizable alerts including drive zone, valet, curfew and speed alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts. Murano Platinum also features semi-aniline leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts and contrast micro-piping for seat, doors and console inserts and a smooth leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Three options are available. The Murano S grade’s Technology Package includes Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (P-AEB), Rear Automatic Braking (RAB), Rear Sonar, High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Intelligent Lane Intervention (I-LI).
The SV grade Premium Package features a Dual Panel Moonroof, Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM)3, LED fog lights, front parking sensors, leatherette-appointed seats, heated front seats. And finally, the Moonroof Package, available on Murano SL, adds the dual panel moonroof.