At the North American International Auto Show in 2013, Nissan had such a concept named the Resonance. It was a showcase of the design language and direction the Japanese brand wanted their crossovers to go.
Fast forward to April 2014. It’s a blustery day outside and temperatures mimic that of winter. However, inside the walls of the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, the third generation Murano is heating things up.
Why? Because it has an uncanny resemblance to the Resonance Concept and it’s darn cool-looking. Atop the stage, the Murano can certainly be described as bold. From the front, you’ll notice the V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights, and the unique “floating” roof.
Nissan remarks, “As the halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the latest Murano also expresses a new Nissan design direction.”
It’s not style alone that will get crossover buyers excited about this third generation, five-passenger vehicle. The Murano will come equipped with a 3.5L DOHC V6 internal combustion gasoline engine with an output of 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft torque. It will then be matched with an Advanced Xtronic transmission, which is the company’s continuously variable transmission (CVT.) The 2015 Murano will also be available with front- or all-wheel drive configuration.
Fuel economy results have yet to be published, but Nissan is confident in their new vehicle. It’s projected to be enhanced by approximately 20% versus the current generation Murano, due to the approximate 130lb overall weight reduction, enhanced aerodynamics, and engine/transmission efficiencies.
Giving the driver and passenger the comfort they’d like while in the cabin, this crossover will ride on a lightweight four-wheel independent suspension; independent strut front, multi-link rear.
Getting back to the cabin, Nissan uses the words “social lounge” to describe the interior environment. That translates into a cabin that is designed to be a comfortable place in which you can relax and enjoy yourself. And, of course, enjoy the company of others joining you for the ride.
In regards to the social lounge feel, can you expect a refined lower-height instrument panel, wide centre console, advanced NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and available oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof. Centered between the outer wings is a large information and control centre with a standard 8” colour display with multi-touch control including NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps.
The 2015 Nissan Murano will be offered in four grade levels when it goes on sale in late 2014: S, SV, SL, and Platinum.
Another cool factoid about the 2015 Murano is that it will be assembled in the United States (the previous two generations were produced in Japan), becoming the ninth model in production at the Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. The Murano will be exported from Mississippi to more than 100 markets around the world.
|Photo: Alexandra Straub|