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2015 Nissan Murano Revealed Ahead of New York Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 18th, 2014

We’ve been waiting for the new Murano for almost a year now, ever since we first saw the Nissan Resonance Concept last year. The 2015 Murano will be revealed in just a couple days at the 2014 New York motor show, but Nissan has kindly provided a full preview of the new crossover in advance. Check it out:

2015 Nissan Murano Preview

The Nissan Murano has always been regarded as progressive for its segment, and we absolutely love this newest iteration of the Japanese crossover. It’s forgone the old “bubbly” design in favor of an edgy, linear one with an incredible amount of depth. The more time you take soaking in the new Nissan Murano, the more you will appreciate the many different design elements working in sync.

2015 Nissan Murano Sunroof

For example, notice how the V-motion grille sweeps back across the hood of the Murano directly into the A-pillar. Then, that line continues along the top of the car, nicely framing the enormous sun roof (which is one of the largest on any crossover), all the way until it reaches the uniquely disconnected D-pillar at the rear of the crossover for that “floating roof” effect.

Between the grille, the boomerang LEDs and the flattened bumper, the front clip – and the whole car – has become a fluid piece of art. That same modern aesthetic carries on throughout the rest of the car, from the tires to the wheel wells to the side sills to the rear bumper, and even into the interior.

2015 Nissan Murano Interior

Inside, the new Murano is clearly aiming for a much more premium feel. The materials have been upgraded, the color scheme is classier, and the whole interior has been modified to create a type of “comfortable and inviting social lounge”. At the same time, the interior has been simplified; there are reportedly 60% less buttons/dials/switches on the front dash. The Murano also gets new Zero Gravity seats for an entirely new level of comfort.

In addition to new and improved materials, the Murano’s interior will feature a host of new technologies. We don’t have the full details at the moment, but Nissan has already hinted at things like a new 8-inch multi-touch display, new NissanConnectSM mobile features, and a host of the latest safety technologies. We’ll know more after the full, in-the-metal reveal in New York.

Last, but not least, we know that the 2015 Nissan Murano will go on sale at the end of this year with a 3.5L V6 petrol engine paired to an Xtronic transmission. The powertrain will generate 260bhp, and will operate with approximately 20% better fuel economy than the outgoing model thanks to improved aerodynamics and a lighter-weight design.

If you’d like a better look at the 2015 Nissan Murano, be sure to check out the full preview video below:

It’s safe to say that the new Nissan Murano is looking really good. We know that it will be manufactured in Nissan’s Mississippi plant and will eventually make its way into 100+ different automotive markets, although it won’t for-sure make it into Europe. Either way, stay tuned later this week for the official premiere!


Next-Gen Nissan Murano Coming to New York Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

2015 Nissan Murano Teaser

Today, Nissan announced their intention to bring the next generation of the Nissan Murano to the upcoming 2014 New York Motor Show. Along with the announcement, Nissan offered a teaser image on their Facebook page, along with an online press release describing their intention for the new model. They even opened up a new page on their website so that fans can sign-up to receive advanced updates and first images of the new Murano when it’s unveiled.

So, what do we know about the next-gen Nissan Murano?

Nissan Resonance Concept

From a design standpoint, we know that the new Murano will be heavily based off of the Nissan Resonance Concept from this year’s Detroit Motor Show. Nissan is also presenting the model as their halo vehicle for all current and future crossovers and SUVs, as well as the first production vehicle to feature their new design language.

More specifically, the new Murano is expected to feature all the design hallmarks that Nissan has emphasized in their most recent concepts, from the V-motion grille to the boomerang-style LEDs and flowing, linear body. From the extremely short teaser video below, we can also see that the rear of the crossover will be very close to the Resonance in shape, complete with the sculpted taillights, kick-up beltline and a characteristically split C-pillar.

All in all, the design looks akin to a slightly toned down Resonance.

In addition to an innovative exterior design, Nissan has also emphasized that the next Murano will be even more spacious than the current model. Their exact words were that the car will feature “a spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.” Although we’re sure that the interior of the Resonance – more than anything else – will be substantially toned down in the production Murano, you can still take a look at the Concept’s interior for reference:

Nissan Resonance Interior Design

Mechanically speaking, you can expect the Murano to inherit the new Pathfinder’s revised D platform. The new mid-size crossover will likely keep the same powertrain as the outgoing model, which is a 3.5L V6 with 260bhp paired with a standard CVT and either FWD or AWD. However, the Resonance Concept from Detroit showcased a new hybrid powertrain that could also make it to production. It was a 2.5L four-cylinder petrol engine integrated with two advanced electric motors and a new CVT, complete with a new lithium-ion battery.

Last but not least, the new Nissan Murano is expected to go on sale sometime this fall as a 2015 model year.

As you can see, despite the limited information that Nissan has provided us with, we can actually surmise a great deal about the upcoming Nissan Murano. What we know the least about is, without a doubt, the interior, but the Resonance gives us high expectations for that. Either way, the New York Motor Show opens doors on the 16th of April, so stay tuned for the full reveal next month.

Until then, thanks for reading!

 


2015 Nissan Murano Officially Confirmed for Debut at New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 20th, 2014

2015 Nissan Murano

It was just a little bit more than a year ago when we were first introduced to the next generation of Nissan’s Murano crossover. It came in the form of the Nissan Resonance Concept, which we saw at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.

Now, thanks to a report on Edmunds, we know that the next-gen Nissan Murano will officially make its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show. And, what’s more, the production model will make its way into dealerships later this year.

As you can see from the image above, the 2015 Nissan Murano looks to be a much different vehicle from today’s model. Even though we are sure that the production model won’t be nearly as flashy as the conceptual show car, it’s evident that Nissan wants to take the Murano in a new direction. As you can see, the production-spec crossover is certainly more modest, but it still looks good.

Fred Diaz, VP of Marketing for Nissan US, made the rounds with many US dealerships prior to the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, giving them a little taste of the new Murano. “[The exterior] is beautifully styled. The dealers were just foaming at the mouth when I showed them pictures.” And as for the interior, it‘s apparently just as sleek as the exterior. The dealership owners “almost fell out of their seats they were so excited. So, I am excited by it, encouraged by it. They can’t wait to get it,” Diaz boasted. While we’re sure that’s true, perhaps he added a little embellishment to his retelling.

Interestingly, Nissan also has confirmed t the 2015 Nissan Murano will only be available with five seats in two rows of seating. Nissan’s Dan Bedore explained that, “[we have] three rows in the Rogue as an option and three rows in the Pathfinder for everything. We don’t need another three-row crossover.”

As for what we still don’t know, Nissan has said nothing about the 2015 Nissan Murano’s powertrain. All we have to go on is the hybrid powertrain that was featured in the Nissan Resonance Concept – a 2.5L four-cylinder paired up with an efficient electric motor (likely taken/inspired from the Leaf) and a CVT, along with a durable lithium-ion battery to top things off. The Resonance also came equipped with all-wheel drive.

Unfortunately, that’s where our speculation about the 2015 Nissan Murano must end. We have no other clues or tidbits to give you about the next-gen crossover. However, the 2014 New York Auto Show is only about a month and a half away in April, so you’ll only have to wait a short while to learn more.

Until then, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Japanese car news!


Nissan Teases New Resonance Crossover Concept

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 11th, 2013

With the North American International Auto Show finally peeking over the horizon, it’s no surprise that we are seeing a sudden deluge of previews, concept cars, press releases and spoilers flooding the automotive news-scene. Yesterday we got all googly-eyed over other Japanese car maker’s show vehicles — the Lexus IS F-Sport spoilers, and already today we’ve seen final previews for Toyota’s Furia concept. However, what I’d like to draw your attention to today is something we haven’t seen before – a preview for Nissan’s new crossover concept, the Resonance.

The Resonance is slated to make its world premiere at the NAIAS, otherwise known as the Detroit Auto Show, next Tuesday morning. Clearly Nissan is releasing teasers now in order to build interest for its new concept. And what a teaser this truly is… The only information we have about the Resonance other than a single artistically-darkened rendering of the concept is a single sentence-long statement:

“The Resonance is the latest in a series of envelope-pushing crossover designs from Nissan, fusing bold, breakthrough styling with hybrid-electric powertrain technology.”

As you can see, Nissan really isn’t giving us very much to go on. However, that’s never stopped us before… Let the wild speculation begin!

Listening Carefully to the Resonance

First, let’s look at what we can see in the single photo that Nissan has graced us with…

Nissan Resonance Crossover Concept

The image portrays a sleek SUV with a fairly low silhouette, but with very distinct lines, and a particularly accentuated butt. The photo hints at a slightly elongated front clip, an almost liquid-feeling shoulder line, and you can barely make out what appears to be a pronounced lip along the rear wheel well.

As for the short statement that Nissan included with the teaser, there are a couple of noteworthy elements to expand on. Most notably, the “hybrid-electric powertrain technology” is likely referring to Nissan’s new turbocharged 2.5L engine package that includes a CVT dual-clutch transmission and a lithium-ion battery. Otherwise, it could refer to a highly efficient petrol-electric powertrain.

The only other word of note in Nissan’s Resonance statement is the word “crossover”… This is fairly self evident, so the fact that Nissan felt the need to classify this concept serves to point us towards the Nissan Murano. We know that the next generation Nissan Murano won’t actually be available until 2014, but we’re expecting to see a final production model by the end of 2013. It seems very likely that the Resonance concept is a preview for Nissan’s boundary-pushing crossover. Since we know that Nissan may be planning to move production of the Murano to the US to improve market-accessibility and decrease exporting costs, it makes perfect sense for the new crossover to make its world premiere here in the States.

In the end, the teaser for the Resonance concept that Nissan is dangling in front of us today has done its job well… I am very excited to see what this vehicle looks like when it is finally unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. If you haven’t already, I suggest you take some time to review some of the other vehicles that will be on display at this year’s first big automotive event. Fortunately, even if you don’t, we’ll have plenty of coverage to keep your mouth watering right here on this blog. Stay tuned!

Source: Carscoop