What is it?
It’s a stylish SUV, the Murano, but it’s always been severely hampered in Europe by the lack of a diesel.
Now, two years after the second generation car went on sale an oil burner has arrived, together with the lightest of make-overs consisting of a new grille (needed for additional cooling) and recontoured bumpers.
What's it like?
It’s propelled by the 2.5 litre four cylinder turbodiesel found in the X-Trail, Pathfinder and – whisper it – the Navarra pick-up – though it, too, has had an update to civilise it for this more elevated role.
A new cylinder head and injectors allow it to operate at higher injection pressures in the interests of efficiency, a variable nozzle turbo livens low-rev response while a fifth engine mounting, modifed power steering and more sound-proofing improve refinement. So does new underbody shielding that cuts the Murano’s Cd from 0.37 to 0.34.
But the sporty-looking Murano really deserves a 3.0 V6 turbodiesel rather than this relatively small four, and on the road it shows with performance that’s no more than adequate when it comes to sprinting.