The current generation of Nissan’s mid-size crossover has been around since 2015, so it’s no wonder that various reports suggest a complete redesign in the near future. However, it looks like this will happen for the 2023 model year. This clearly indicates that the 2022 Nissan Murano will represent the final production year of the current, third generation. Naturally, we don’t expect to see more important changes for this occasion.
So, you may count on a familiar layout, which still has something to offer to buyers. This particularly refers to the ride quality, which is smooth and which makes Murano one of the most comfortable models in the class. It is also generous with the passenger space, while the list of standard features is pretty generous. On the other side, we don’t like the outdated interior design, small cargo area and lack of overall utility. Considering that no bigger changes are about to come for the next year, we presume that the launch date will be scheduled for the end of 2021.
2022 Nissan Murano Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2022 Nissan Murano definitely won’t change. The current design has been around since 2015 and it is based on the company’s well-known D platform. With more than 111 inches in wheelbase, it features a quite typical size for a two-row mid-size crossover. This means you may count on a lot of passenger space. In terms of the chassis setup, this model is rather comfortable than agile, so those who are looking for engaging handling should rather look for something else.
Visually, the model hasn’t changed too much since the initial launch, though there was a mid-cycle update in 2019. For that occasion, we saw revisions to the front end, which included new headlights, bumper and fascia, while Murano was also updated with new wheels and color options. All in all, we don’t expect any particular update for the next year.
The same thing goes for the interior design, which hasn’t been updated since the launch. So, it’s no wonder that it looks a little bit outdated, compared to competitors. Simply, the dashboard isn’t as attractive as you would expect from today’s model in the segment, while materials could be better too. Also, the infotainment system really feels old.
When it comes to the passenger space, both rows are quite generous and accommodate adults. The second-row bench is among the most spacious in the class, while the front seats are massive and supportive. Furthermore, the driving position is good, while the visibility is decent in all directions. On the other side, a pretty big complaint goes for the cargo area, which is quite small for the segment. In numbers, it goes around 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 67 cubic feet. So, if you need a good family hauler, the Pathfinder would definitely be a much better choice.
If we consider that this will probably be the final model year, as well as the fact that the current model is already equipped pretty well, it’s pretty certain that the 2022 Nissan Murano won’t bring too many changes in this aspect. Moreover, we expect things to remain pretty much the same. The current model already comes standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry etc. Additionally, you can get goodies like navigation, an 11-speaker audio system, a remote start, a moonroof, and a hands-free power liftgate.
The same thing goes for safety features. All models already come standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeps assist, front and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, Rear Door Alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Additionally, you can get front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, road sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.
2022 Nissan Murano Engine
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. We are about to see a well-known 3.5-liter V6, which comes paired with a CVT gearbox. For this occasion, it is tuned to 260 horsepower, which seems plenty enough for decent driving dynamics. The CVT may not be particularly enjoyable to drive but on the other hand, you may count on about 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class. On the other side, the max towing capacity of 1.500 pounds is an obvious drawback.
2022 Nissan Murano Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Nissan Murano sometime in the last quarter of the year. As there are no bigger changes to come, the starting price should remain pretty much the same, which would mean around 32.000 dollars. A full redesign should come with the 2023 model year.