A China-exclusive model until now, the hybrid version of the Murano has quietly made its way into the Japanese automaker’s North American lineup as well – priced about $3,000 more than the classic counterpart.
We’re not used to seeing automakers introducing vehicles without so much of a press release – or even a social media comment. But the stealth positioning does make some sense in this particular scenario – according to a media report, the automaker only intends to deliver about 600 units of the greener version. The Murano Hybrid has a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and an electric motor powered by a battery – the total combined output is of 249 horsepower. Depending on choice, the assembly has a CVT linked to a front wheel drive or all wheel drive system.
The EPA estimates the front-wheel-drive version will do 29 miles per gallon of combined fuel economy, while the all-wheel drive is not too far off at 28 mpg. The classic, 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 Murano has a combined rating of 24 mpg no matter the drivetrain option. Nissan allows buyers to select the Murano Hybrid with SL or Platinum trims for $40,950 or $43,000 respectively (after $900 destination). That’s $3,000 above the respective classic versions, and the only differences on the visual side are small “Hybrid” badges on the hatchback and front door – but inside the differences are more easy to spot, because it has an Eco driving mode, stop-start, and an electric power gauge.