On 15 October, Nissan dealers will open the order books for the Murano and the 350Z Roadster. Just one version of the Murano will be on sale priced at £29,800. The vehicle is so well equipped that options are virtually limited to the choice of colour. And like its coupe twin, there will be two versions of the 350Z Roadster available - the standard model priced at £26,000 and the ‘GT Pack’ at £28,500.
Murano customers will get first crack of the whip because the order books open at 9.00am and later the same day at, you guessed it, 3.50pm, dealers will open the order books for the 350Z Roadster. Deliveries start from March 2005 but numbers are limited, so anyone who wants one will have to be quick.
Powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 engine as the 350Z Murano drivers will enjoy effortless performance, complemented by Nissan’s revolutionary XTronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
The use of a six-speed CVT in the Murano will be a unique feature in its segment. Indeed, it is an industry-leading innovation, building on Nissan’s reputation as a pioneer in this area. CVT technology is traditionally found in vehicles with low power and torque outputs, so by combining it with a high power, high torque engine in the Murano, Nissan has demonstrated its renowned technological prowess in this area.
The CVT ensures that the engine is always at the optimum torque level, resulting in linear and smooth acceleration with good pick up at low speed. Drive to the wheels is fed through the latest version of the ALL MODE 4x4 system, as used on the X-TRAIL. It includes ESP+ for added stability, which is linked to an active brake limited slip differential. This is ideal for driving in conditions of variable traction, such as snow, where the transmission sends the power to the wheels with the most grip.