Gallery: 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan debuts in Los Angeles

  • Gallery: 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan debuts in Los Angeles

Gallery: 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan debuts in Los Angeles

Nissan's third-generation Murano crossover is due for a face lift, with the 2019 model debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a new look, an updated inside and lots more safety technology on the options list.

That said, Dan Monhke, senior VP of sales and marketing for Nissan in the USA, was adamant that the company remains committed to its sedans.

More importantly, Nissan has introduced the Safety Shield 360 suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies, some of which were available in the old model. For the Maxima, make that two: the SR Premium Package and Platinum Reserve Package.

Inside, the Murano doesn't change much but does get some luxury-oriented features like semi-aniline leather seats with diamond quilted panels and contrasting piping on the seat and armrests. For starters, all models add second-row side airbags and front-passenger knee airbags as standard. In keeping with the industry shift to brighter exterior paint, Nissan added a reddish-orange Sunset Drift with Chromaflair, a pigment with aluminum flakes that creates a color-shifting effect when viewed at varying angles.

Gallery: 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan debuts in Los Angeles

All variants now come with rear door alert, while SiriusXm satellite radio and sat-nav are standard on all bar the base S grade. It's a nice bundle of items, but it seems curious that Nissan is limiting its availability to the highest trim levels even as companies like Toyota are increasingly making many-if not all-of those safety features standard on even compact models.

Nissan freshened the Murano inside and out with an emphasis on the interior, especially the top trim line.

The sole powertrain choice for the Murano continues to be a 3.5-litre petrol V6 outputting 194kW at 6000rpm and 325NM at 4400rpm, driving either the front or all four wheels via a continuously-variable transmission (CVT). The 2019 Nissan Murano is slated to reach American showrooms in December 2019. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while SL and higher trim levels now include standard navigation. The SR Premium Package, meanwhile, gains a dual panoramic sunroof.