Nissan Unveils the Next Gen 2015 Murano

Posted by: Kenny Chan onApril 16th, 2014


When Nissan brought the Resonance Concept to Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, I had labelled it very “concepty” with its crazy headlight design and odd shaped windows and rear glass elements. Well, Nissan has brought the production version of the Resonance Concept out to the New York International Auto Show as the all-new 2015 Murano.

If you compare the pictures of the concept with the production version you see here, you can see the two elements that I had guessed would not make it to production are–for the most part–still here on the production version. The headlights are toned down slightly and are untinted but the same basic design is still there from the concept version. The rear “wrap around” glass look is still here with the hidden D pillars as are the swooping lines of the body work. Out front not much has changed and in fact, the one part that I had wished would make it to the production version was the only part that did not make it which was the carbon laden lower fascia. The new “V-Motion” front end and boomerang headlights will likely find its way into other Nissan vehicles.

“At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences,” said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later.”

On the inside Nissan has simplified the electronics by reducing the number of entertainment and navigation buttons, dials and switches from 25 down to 10. The panoramic roof opening has been increased by roughly a third and is among the biggest for a vehicle this size.

The new Murano incorporates up to four onboard cameras (front, rear, two side) and three radar systems (one front, two side) to provide input to a range of available technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Intelligent Cruise Control. The new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) system utilizes radar to detect a vehicle approaching from either side of the Murano when backing out of a parking space.

The 2015 Nissan Murano will be offered in four grade levels when it goes on sale later this year: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Each is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Pricing details were not announced.



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