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. But with consumers increasingly shunning actual cars in favor of SUVs, Nissan is taking no chances and thus is reinvigorating its flagship four-door for 2019 with an infusion of fresh styling and safety tech.
Updated Nissan Murano can be distinguished through the modified radiator grille, new front bumper with triangular sections fog lights, updated tail lights and wheel of a different design.
Safety, security and driver assistance technologies have also been revised for 2019 with the availability of Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies created to help provide 360 degrees of active driver assistance, crash avoidance and pedestrian detection. The 2019 Maxima is scheduled to arrive in Nissan showrooms next month.
Inside, the family-focused SUV has new semi-aniline leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts, contrasting micro-piping trim for the seats, door armrests and centre console lid and three new interior trim finishers: Dark Wood-Tone, Light Wood-Tone and Metallic.
In addition, the expanded palette of exterior colors, added new design wheels (18 - and 20-inch). However, the package will only be standard on the fully loaded Platinum and the SL Technology package.
Second-row supplemental side airbags and front passenger supplemental knee airbags are now standard, Nissan said. All grades other than the Maxima S also receive a revised SiriusXM Satellite Radio with Advanced Auto Features and revised Nissan Door to Door Navigation.
"Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now available on five 2019 models".
Even by refresh standards, this one is minor.
The powertrain remains unchanged, making 260 horsepower from a stalwart 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission (CVT). Actuator - front or full. Just two options are available, the SV Premium Package featuring Power Panoramic Moonroof, Intelligent Around View® Monitor, Bose® Premium sound system with 11 high-performance speakers and more; and the SL Technology Package with Safety Shield 360 technology, Traffic Sign Recognition and Power Panoramic Moonroof.