Nissan Unveils Refreshed 2019 Maxima and Murano in Los Angeles
More safety, more tech, more colours.
LOS ANGELES, CA – I’m on the ground here in warm (25C) and sunny Southern California to report on the goings on at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, an event that has grown in significance over the past few years with many manufacturers electing to unveil their latest and greatest in one of North America’s most lucrative markets.
My primary focus here is Nissan as I am in L.A. as a guest of the manufacturer, but I will also be reporting on debuts happening this week from other automakers.
But because I am here as a guest of Nissan, I’ll tackle those reveals first.
Nissan’s flagship sedan receives a styling update, more available safety tech and an expanded colour palette.
In terms of exterior design changes, the Maxima receives a new fascia that features a deeper, wider V-motion grille and new jewel-like LED headlights. It’s a similar story at the rear, which sports new taillights and a redesigned fascia with integrated quad-tip exhaust finishers. The SR trim also includes a spoiler. New wheel designs have been added for all trims, including a 19-inch Hyper Silver set included with the optional Platinum Reserve Package. Finally, Sunset Drift, a new orange tint has been added to the Maxima’s available exterior finishes.
Changes to the Maxima’s ‘Gliding Wing’ interior centre primarily on new trim finishers and materials. The updates vary depending on trim level, but many touch points have been enhanced for a more premium look and feel. These include door inserts, instrument panel, stitching, seat materials and headliner. The Platinum Reserve Package adds satin bronze interior finishers, diamond quilted Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather seating areas, Rakuda Tan steering wheel insert, and heated rear seats.
On the safety front, Safety Shield 360, Nissan’s suite of advanced safety tech is being offered on the ’19 Maxima. The package includes intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist and rear intelligent emergency braking. Other 2019 Nissans available with Safety Shield 360 include Altima, Rogue, Qashqai, and Murano.
The Maxima powertrain, a 3.5-litre V6 (300 hp / 261 lb-ft.) mated to a CVT, carries over unchanged and is standard across four trims: SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The Platinum Reserve Package is the only option being offered. The 2019 Maxima is set to go on sale early next year. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Like the Maxima, the Murano’s updates for 2019 revolve around styling, more available safety tech, and new colours.
With respect to exterior design changes, the Murano receives a more prominent V-Motion front grille, redesigned LED headlights and taillights, new LED fog lights and new 18 and 20-inch wheel designs. Sunset Drift and Deep Blue Pearl join the roster of available exterior finishes.
On the inside, the Murano receives similar touch point enhancements as the Maxima, including new semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with diamond quilted inserts and contrasting micro-piping trim on the seats and door armrests on the Platinum trim. New trim finishers are also available in dark wood-tone (Platinum), light wood-tone (S, SV, SL) and metallic (S, SV, SL). Rear door alert and intelligent driver alertness are standard across the 2019 Murano model range.
Other standard interior kit on all 2019 Muranos include NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-inch colour display and multi-touch control. Embedded navigation is standard on SL and Platinum trims, and it has been revised for 2019 to include door-to-door navigation with 3D building graphics, satellite imagery, POI search, and premium traffic information.
With respect to safety, Safety Shield 360, Nissan’s suite of advanced safety tech is being offered on the 2019 Murano. The package includes intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist and rear intelligent emergency braking. Other safety enhancements include standard second-row supplemental airbags and front and passenger supplemental knee airbag.
The Murano’s powertrain – 3.5-litre V6 (260 hp / 240 lb-ft.) paired with a CVT – carries over with no changes and is standard across four trims: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The 2019 Murano goes on sale in January. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
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