21 April 2012

Double launch for Nissan Malaysia - Elgrand & Murano FL

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) today revealed Nissan latest offerings to cater the top end of Malaysian buyer today. Pegged more than RM300k apiece, the model in questions are the Nissan Elgrand full size MPV and the updated second generation Nissan Murano. Priced at RM384,863 and RM318,882 respectively, it is clear that these cars are pitched at the higher end, exclusive Japanese car market.
First up is Nissan Elgrand. This gigantic MPV is the rivals to the equally massive Toyota Alphard/Vellfire in their homeland downtown Tokyo. Measuring massive 4,915mm long, the 7-seater MPV offers a truly business-class like seat comfort. Short of offering 5 course meal during the travel, Elgrand however does have the seat facilities equivalent to business class where 3 of the front 2 row are ottoman type, with adjustable foot rest for these seat, saved for the driver! The cabin is contained within the 3,000mm wheelbase, 1,850mm wide and 1,815mm tall. Fully flat floor features also enhanced the cabin usefulness in terms of passenger comfort and manoeuvrability. More details about Nissan Elgrand and Murano after the jump.

The 2,060kg kerb weighted car is propelled by the large capacity engine. Displacing 3.5L in size, the VQ35DE engine produced 280PS@6400 rpm and 344Nm@4400rpm.  Drive is channelled to the front wheel via XTronic CVT gearbox. The MPV is suspended by McPhersons struts up front and multi-link at the back. Brakes are reassuring ventilated disc brakes at all four ends. The prominent 18" alloys are wrapped by 255/55 R18 tyres.

Nissan Elgrand is lavisly equipped, signifying is position at the very top end of Nissan line-up partly, and partly to justify is premium pricing. It gets powered rear door, dual zone climate control for front and rear section of the cabin, leather cabin (dressed in dark espresso colored), private theatre entertainment system and monitoring camera that can view the car all-around.

If you think Elgrand is too expensive, the more dynamic looking Murano can be had closer to RM300k mark instead of being pegged as a RM400k vehicle. The update second generation Nissan crossover gets  a redesigned front bumper and a new grille design. At the back, the rear light inner graphic has been restyled,a and incorporating LED too. The athletic stance of the Murano is further enhanced by the twin exhaust pipe at both side of lower bumper section.

The facelift job is not constrained for the exterior only, as the interior has been suitably enhanced too. The enhanced Murano comes with an improved rotary dials control, Fine Vision Meter binnacle, repositioned central display and double stitch leather seats. All aimed towards increasing the opulence level of the cabin.

The Nissan crossover is powered by similar powertrain unit as the Elgrand, but sends its power to all four wheel. Power is slightly down at 260PS@6000rpm and 336Nm@4400 rpm. Drive is via Xtronic CVT.

Like the bigger Elgrand, Murano also comes with all ventilated disc brakes. Suspension is independent struts at the front while the rear is equipped with multi-link setup.The 18" alloy is wrapped by 235/65 R18 tyres. Compared to the gigantic Elgrand, Murano is smaller at 4,860mm long, 1,885mm wide and 1,730mm tall. Murano rides on 2,825mm wheelbase. The cabin can seat 5 in comfort, while accommodating 402L of their luggage.

Some more gallery of both model can be found below:



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