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Nissan took the wraps off a mildly refreshed version of its 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2019 Murano receives a styling facelift, a freshened interior, and the availability of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety technologies.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 285
Fuel Used: 14.4 gallons
It was not the expected marketing spiel. Instead of the belabored aim of attracting a “young, active-lifestyle” audience, Nissan came right out and said the unthinkable: “With the Murano, we’re going after 45-year-old empty nesters.”
NEW YORK – Nissan’s highly stylized Murano has carved out a small niche for itself in the burgeoning midsize SUV market ever since the first generation was introduced for 2003. But the second generation that arrived for 2009 didn’t carry quite the visual impact, which perhaps narrowed its appeal somewhat. With the 2015 redesign, Nissan appears to be heading back toward the Murano’s more-radical roots.
Nissan has just taken that wraps off its first pure-electric SUV. The Nissan Ariya made its debut during a livestreamed digital event in Yokohama, Japan; it’s a two-row 5-passenger crossover that will offer a choice of a single-motor front-wheel drive powertrain or dual-motor “e-4ORCE” all-wheel drive, and two different battery sizes for an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles.
With its new midsize crossover scheduled to arrive in showrooms in a couple months or so, and the 2020 New York Auto Show currently postponed from its original April date to the end of August, Toyota shifted plans and revealed its all-new 2021 Venza SUV via a “Spring New Product Showcase” online broadcast today.
This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.
It’s probably not a stretch to say that the Outback is what put Subaru on the map. Introduced for 1995 as an SUV-flavored trim level of the Legacy wagon, it was soon upgraded to its own model, and sales have seen a steady climb since. Today – as for many years – it is Subaru’s best-selling vehicle.
For 2020, Subaru ushers in the sixth generation of the Outback. With it comes greater rear-seat and cargo room, some new features, and the return of a turbocharged engine. Also added is a new Onyx trim level that carries black wheels and trim along with special StarTex water-repellent upholstery.