Looking instantly recognizable, the updated crossover has been equipped with a sportier front fascia that features triangular air intakes and additional chrome trim. Designers also installed a more pronounced V-motion grille which is flanked by updated LED headlights.
Additional styling changes are limited, but the 2019 Murano features new LED fog lights and restyled 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels. Rounding out the changes are updated taillights and three new exterior colors called Sunset Drift Chromaflair, Mocha Almond Pearl and Deep Blue Pearl.
Interior changes are likewise modest as the range-topping Murano Platinum now comes with semi-aniline leather seats and diamond-quilted inserts. Drivers will also find “dark wood-tone” trim and contrast piping on the seats, center console and armrests.
Lesser models also receive some minor updates as S, SV, and SL variants now come have either metallic or light wood-tone trim. Murano SL and above grades also gain a NissanConnect infotainment system with improved navigation. The updated system now has 3D building graphics and satellite imagery as well as premium traffic information and point-of-interest online search capabilities.
On the safety front, all Muranos now feature Rear Door Alert and Intelligent Driver Alertness systems. As expected, the model can also be equipped with the Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance systems. The suite includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist and rear automatic braking.
Under the hood, the Murano’s 3.5-liter V6 engine carries over and continues to produce 260 hp (193 kW / 263 PS) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.
The 2019 Murano will arrive at U.S. dealers next month, but there’s no word on pricing.