New Nissan Murano, Armada, and new Rogue trim will continue brand's rebound

New Nissan Murano, Armada, and new Rogue trim will continue brand's rebound

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Another week, another drip in the feed covering Nissan's plan to restore its product and its brand. The news this time comes from dealer sources who spoke to Automotive News about regional meetings held in Boston, Dallas, and Orlando. Two summaries from two dealers to AN were, "We haven't talked product in ages," and, "The message is the car is the star," which throw up all kinds of implications about the dark times Nissan's emerging from. The dealers had positive things to say about new product on the way as soon as this year, which includes a badly needed fourth-generation Murano.


The current Murano went on sale at the beginning of 2015 for the 2016 model year; from 86,953 sales in the U.S. in 2016, the Murano spent following years sinking to 31,138 sales in 2023. AN's sources said the new model will sit on an evolution of its current D Platform, get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, focus on premium appointments over sportiness, and — get this — boot the current CVT for a nine-speed automatic. It's also being compared to the Acura MDX for looks, with a "Porsche-like rear," which we'll take to mean a full-width light bar across the hatch.

Now that the new Infiniti QX80 is out, the Armada's in the big SUV chute. It will follow its Infiniti sibling into greater luxury, with "a ton of technology" set in a new interior featuring finer furnishings and trimmings. Unsurprisingly, a turbocharged six-cylinder goes in the engine bay.