By Andrew Ganz
Friday, Nov 16th, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

Though the 2013 Nissan Murano is mostly unchanged for the new model year, the Japanese automaker did reveal today that its most upmarket five-seat crossover will be available with a number of new safety technologies.

Muranos equipped with either the LE Platinum Edition trim level or the SL Navigation package will be available with a new Safety Shield package that includes a host of camera-aided safety technologies, including Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

For more modestly-optioned Muranos, a new Value Package for SV models includes a power liftgate, a Bose audio system and navigation for $2,270, a $830 discount. SVs also gain a newly standard auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink garage door opener.

Also, the Murano adds a pair of new colors - Midnight Garnet and Gun Metallic - for the new model year.

Murano S' base price of $29,960 is unchanged for the new model year, while the other trim levels see shuffling both up and down the ladder. The range-topping Murano LE all-wheel-drive now commands $40,750 compared to last year's $38,960.

Nissan says that the 2013 version of the Murano should begin arriving in dealers immediately.

One item Nissan has failed to mention is the future of the slow-selling Murano CrossCabriolet... whether it will return for 2013 remains a mystery.

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