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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!

 


The Most Impressive Japanese Cars From the Detroit Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Even though the Detroit Auto Show will technically be open until next Saturday, January 26, we’ve already seen coverage of every single vehicle that the show has to offer. Monday and Tuesday were for press, yesterday and today are reserved for industry professionals, and then the floors will be opened to the public starting this Saturday.

Naturally, now that we have seen the newest and best vehicles that our favorite Japanese manufacturers have to offer in 2013, the next step is picking out the cream of the crop. Below you will find the top three Japanese cars that made the best first impressions with the press. Even though you or I may not personally agree with each and every one of these picks, these are the most popular Japanese cars of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show:

#1. Toyota Furia Concept

While there is a general wariness that next-gen Corolla will end up a far cry from the spicy Toyota Furia Concept we saw this week, there’s no doubt that Toyota hit this one out of the park. The Furia was everything the brand made it out to be and more; there’s no denying that the carbon-fiber-wearing, LED-touting Furia looks pretty dang sweet.

The looming wariness may be nothing more than the residual impact that decades of “beige” and “tan” have wrought on the Corolla’s image, but still… Toyota’s executives could’ve at least TRIED to assuage our worries. Instead they said nothing more than that “the Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future.”

#2. Infiniti Q50 / Lexus IS

Here we have the two Japanese luxury sedans that both made waves at the Detroit Auto Show. If you asked 10 people which one is better and why, you would get 11 different answers. The fact of the matter is that these two vehicles are not targeted towards the same audience, so comparing them is somewhat futile.

Chances are that if you live outside the States, then the Lexus IS will be the more appealing sedan because of a hybrid option that will be available to international buyers. On the other hand, if you have an eye for cool technology, then you will appreciate the completely electric steering featured in the Q50 – there are no mechanical connections between the steering and the wheels. The Lexus IS probably has a more innovative styling, but the Q50 has a superior interior, and the exterior design will definitely appeal to classicists without being too stale.

#3. Nissan Resonance

Last but not least, the Nissan Resonance concept was by far the most compelling new design at the Detroit Auto Show. Again, because this is a concept car we don’t actually know how many of the futuristic elements will make it into the final production model. But, I think that we are all desperately hoping that, if nothing else, the “floating” roof makes it to the streets.

Nissan tells us that, “When the designers were first working on the Resonance, they were inspired by scientific advancements in technology and material innovations.” This would explain the sci-fi inspired holographic center console, as well as the “V-Motion” exterior styling.

Honorable Mention – Honda Urban SUV Concept

Even though several industry insiders weren’t personally impressed by the new Honda concept, coverage of the SUV was on the whole promising. Apparently several top executives from competing manufacturers (cough, BMW, cough) were observed ogling at the Urban SUV concept from afar, trying to figure out how their own models stacked up. That’s got to mean something, and I’m sure Honda is satisfied with their presentation.

Well, with that we will conclude our coverage of the Detroit Auto Show without even once mentioning the new Corvette.

Whoops! Oh well.

With over 50 vehicles on display at the NAIAS, even the four days we’ve spent covering exclusively Japanese cars seems crunched, but hopefully you’re appetite for car-candy has been satisfied. It was the first big auto event of the year, and it was a good one for Japanese car enthusiasts… Now let’s turn our attention forward and watch these concepts turn into production vehicles over the course of 2013!


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