Vehicle introductions are usually a big deal, but apparently not always at Nissan. The automaker has introduced a hybrid version of the 2016 Murano crossover and really didn’t tell anyone about it.
Word of a Murano Hybrid first circulated with the fuel economy ratings for it appeared on the EPA’s website several weeks ago. Since then little has trickled out about the vehicle until now. Prospective buyers may not view all of the Murano Hybrid specifications and build their own on Nissan’s website. It doesn’t really get anymore official than that.
Murano Hybrid is powered by the same supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that powered the Pathfinder Hybrid (now deceased). It generates 250 horsepower with the combined output of the electric motor and conventional gas engine, which is about 10 less than the 3.5-liter V-6 typically found under the Murano’s hood.
Fuel economy ratings are resting at 28 mpg city and 31 mpg highway in front-wheel drive format, while all-wheel drive drops those to 26 mpg and 30 mpg respectively. In comparison to other hybrid crossovers, such as the Toyota RAV4, those figures are hardly legendary. The RAV4 is rated at 34 mpg city and 31 mpg highway in front-wheel drive format – quite a difference.
Aside from the powertrain difference, buyers aren’t likely going to notice when they’re looking at the Murano Hybrid versus a normal Murano. Other than a badge on the outside, the hybrid is virtually indistinguishable between the normal version. Although don’t expect to see them too often as Nissan is only planning to produce about 600 units.