Nissan is launching an all-new Nissan Murano, the second generation of a model that it claimes was key to establishing the entire crossover genre.

The new model sports a design that is an evolutionary progression on the original, but Nissan says every body panel is new.

Distinctive elements include pronounced wheel arches linked by similarly profiled sections at the bottom of each door for an added touch of ruggedness, side windows that taper more sharply into the roof line and a shallower headlamp profile that blends into the new chrome-effect grille. The redesigned tail includes triangular LED tail lights and a reprofiled tailgate.

A revised 3.5-litre V6 engine now delivers 256 PS; 0-62 mph in 8.0 secs and 25.9 mpg on the combined cycle. Some 0.9 seconds is shaved off the 0 to 62 mph benchmark - now 8.0 seconds - and top speed rises from 124 to 130 mph. Nissan says fuel consumption improves from 23.0 to 25.9 mpg combined, also reflected in carbon dioxide emissions that drop from 295 to 261 g/km.  

The latest Murano is priced in the UK from £32,795.