Nissan Picks China To Receive Murano Hybrid First

This month Nissan released its all-new Murano Hybrid in China, but the company’s plans for the hybrid model in the U.S. remains unclear.

“As a key market in Nissan’s global business, China is the first market to introduce the hybrid version of Murano,” Nissan said.

Nissan is looking to tap into “young urbanites” in the region, and said this crossover offers the style and performance will that appeal to younger consumers. Both the conventional Murano and the hybrid version are available in China through a joint venture with the Dongfeng Motor Co.

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The Murano Hybrid is powered by the Nissan’s QR25 engine, a supercharged 2.5 liter inline-four rated at 245 horsepower. This is paired with a single 15-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery.

This setup gives the Murano Hybrid the “driving performance equivalent to the V6 3.5-liter gasoline engine, as well as superior fuel economy similar to the 2.0-liter gasoline engine,” according to the carmaker.

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

The conventional Murano, now in its 13th production year in the U.S., was redesigned for the 2015 model year. We reached out to Nissan to find out if or when the hybrid version will make its way to the U.S, but a representative stated that the company doesn’t comment on future products.

If the carmaker decides to pass on the U.S. market, it will be understandable, given the past performance of Nissan’s other crossover hybrids. After one year on the market, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and its sibling, the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, were pulled.

Next year, it has been confirmed that Nissan will try again in the U.S. with at least one midsize crossover: it plans to release a Rogue hybrid in 2016.