The third generation of Nissan's flagship crossover symbolizes its design-led product and brand renaissance. The new Murano is expected to arrive here late this year.
The new Murano styling delivers bold 'Resonance Concepts ', refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. And it carries forward the new Nissan design direction with 'V-Motion' front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics
Nissan says its 2015 Murano resets the standard in the mid-size crossover segment. While not being a big seller in Ireland, the first-generation Nissan Murano had a profound impact on the SUV market when it was introduced for the 2003 model year. In addition to being one of the first crossovers on the market, it offered a fresh design sensibility that combined an elegant style with premium features – without a luxury price tag.
Murano quickly attracted attention back then, as other manufacturers scrambled to catch up.
The second-generation Murano, introduced for model year 2009, maintained its strong position as the halo vehicle for Nissan crossovers – even as new Nissan SUVs like the bold Juke sports crossover, all-new unibody Pathfinder joined the product portfolio. However, the economic recession seal the faith of such SUVs at that time.
When it came time to consider an all-new third generation, Murano had a high standard to meet – its own. So while the original was inspired by the elegance of the famed Italian Murano glassware from which the model took its name, the third-generation took its cues from the future, expressed in the form of the Nissan 'Resonance Concept' vehicle.
"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 at the Detroit Auto Show [in January 2013] debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later."