Nissan to unveil new Murano

  • Geneva motor show debut for 4x4
  • More power and efficiency from engine
  • Pivo 2 and GT-R also on display
Words By Jim Holder

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Nissan will show its revised Murano 4x4 for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March, and the GT-R sportscar and Pivo 2 concept car will make their European debuts, too.

Although the revised Murano is visually similar to its predecessor, Nissan says every body panel has been changed. In addition, the rear passenger space has been enhanced by the use of better materials.

The 4x4 is powered by a revised version of the 3.5-litre petrol engine in the current model, which now has 261bhp, 30bhp more than before.

Although no figures have been released, Nissan says that engine changes and improvements to the constantly variable transmission system mean that it the car is also more efficient, delivering better fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions.

The Murano will be the first Nissan to go on sale in Europe with Scratch Shield paint, which uses an elastic resin coating to mend any marks or scratches.

The new Murano goes on sale in October.

Other cars on show
The battery-powered Pivo 2 was originally shown at last year's Tokyo motor show. Its cabin swivels through 360 degrees so that the driver is always facing the direction of travel.

The 473bhp GT-R supercar goes on sale from March 2009.