- Nissan is working on a new generation of the Murano, as indicated by these spy photos.
- The new fourth-generation model appears to have an interesting design and a swoopy overall shape.
- We expect the new Murano to arrive early next year as a 2025 model.
The current, third-generation Nissan Murano has been around for a while now, but it appears that a replacement is finally on the horizon. These spy photos show the new fourth generation of Nissan’s two-row mid-size SUV offering, which should debut within the next few months as a 2025 model.
The Murano has always been a fashion-forward crossover, and the new model appears to continue that with distinctive-looking slim front headlights, an interesting window treatment with a kicked-up C-pillar, and a sharply angled rear hatch that make it look like the many SUV “coupe” models found in the luxury segment. Black five-spoke wheels indicate that Nissan will likely continue to offer the Murano with some sort of Midnight appearance package.
We expect the new Murano to continue to share its underpinnings with the three-row Nissan Pathfinder, which means front-wheel drive will be standard with all-wheel-drive optional. This also means the trusty 3.5-liter V-6, which produces between 284 and 295 hp in the Pathfinder, will soldier on in the Murano. However, we’re hoping that Nissan will swap out the old Murano’s continuously variable automatic transmission for the smoother nine-speed automatic transmission found in the Pathfinder.
Rumors previously suggested that the Murano could use Nissan’s e-Power hybrid system that employs an electric motor to power the car and a gasoline engine to serve as a generator. This system is already used in many Nissan models abroad, but we haven’t heard any updates on when or if it’s coming to the U.S. market so it remains to be seen whether or not it will ever make its way to our shores.
We’re still waiting to see a glimpse of the 2025 Murano’s interior, but we expect it will share design elements with the Ariya electric crossover’s plush cabin. Two rows of seats providing five-passenger capacity will be standard, and the new model will surely offer a larger infotainment screen than the current car’s dated 8.0-inch display.
Look for more information on the new 2025 Nissan Murano to come within the next few months as Nissan prepares to reveal the next-gen SUV. It’ll likely go on sale sometime in 2024, with prices starting in the mid-$30,000 range.
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Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine. He has been part of the Car and Driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.