23 April 2004

Nissan’s Murano SUV will finally go on sale in the UK early next year, slotting between the popular X-Trail junior 4x4 and full-size Patrol off-roader.

Autocar first snapped the American-market model on a Paris side-street near Nissan’s European HQ last June while the car was over for secret tests. Now it has been given the green light, with sales starting early next year for around £30,000.

The Murano is powered by a detuned version of the 3.5-litre V6 from the 350Z, developing around 245bhp. However, there won’t be a turbodiesel available in this generation car – a potential hindrance in Europe.

Nissan blames development costs, and says that the Patrol’s oil-burner wasn’t refined enough for this car, which will compete against the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5.

Nissan will start taking orders from UK customers at next month’s British Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK