But no changes under the hood.
Along with the reveal of the refreshed 2019 Maxima, Nissan is also showing off a refreshed 2019 Murano at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Much like the Maxima, the 2019 Murano features mostly aesthetic and interior upgrades. Power remains the same from a 3.5-liter V6 sending 260 hp to front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive through a CVT. We are a bit disappointed to see Nissan hasn't given the Murano the new variable compression turbo engine found in the new Altima.
Exterior changes include a more pronounced V-motion grille, redesigned LED headlights and taillights, new LED fog lights, new 18-inch and 20-inch wheels, and three new color options including Sunset Drift Chromaflair, Mocha Almond Pearl and Deep Blue Pearl.
Inside, Nissan has added new semi-aniline leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts and contrasting micro-piping trim on the Platinum grade. There is also a trio of new interior wood and metallic trims and all 2019 Murano grades now include rear door alert and intelligent driver alert.
The 2019 Murano will be available in four grade levels including S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Like the Maxima, only two option packages will be available - the SV Premium Package adds a panoramic moonroof, surround-view monitor, and Bose premium sound system with 11 high speakers while the SL Technology Package includes Safety Shield 360 technology, traffic sign recognition, and a panoramic moonroof.
All grades include an 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control and built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. SL grades and above also include NissanConnect with Navigation, which is revised for the 2019 model year to include door-to-door navigation with 3D building graphics, satellite imagery, online POI search, and premium traffic information.
Unlike the Maxima, which will arrive later this year, Nissan says the 2019 Murano won't arrive in dealerships until December 2020, which is quite a long wait for what is essentially just a facelifted model. We are a bit disappointed that Nissan didn't reveal an all-new Murano with a new powertrain but this refreshed model should give buyers something to think about.