The new 2015 Murano is here and looking very stylish!
It wears a very similar style to that previewed by the Detroit 2014 Sport Sedan Concept -- but where the car-like forms of the Maxima are soft, the Murano's are much crisper and more masculine.
Another distinction? This is the real deal. Not a concept.
The Murano will make its public debut on Wednesday in New York before hitting showrooms in November of 2014.
Favorite angles abound on this five-seat crossover --- from the "outta my way" nose aggressiveness, to the blacked-out pillar treatment for the floating roof, to my real favorite: the rear wheel-arches. These bring a type of triangulated form bulge that is a design language best known from cars like the Lykan Hypersport or the Lamborghini Reventon.
That is pretty lofty hypercar company for any crossover -- especially one so down-to-Earth on pricing. The 2015 Murano is expected to carry similar $30,000 to $40,000 pricing as the current model.
An updated V6 engine and third (or fourth)-generation Xtronic CVT is standard, with front or all-wheel-drive options offered.
We say: bring on the Hybrid as well as the NISMO varaints! They will both wear this style very well.
2015 NISSAN MURANO RESETS THE STANDARD IN THE MIDSIZE CROSSOVER SEGMENT
Third generation of Nissan's popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan's design-led product and brand renaissance
Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept's refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior
Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics
All-new Murano arrives in Nissan showrooms in late 2014
NEW YORK – Nissan today provided an early look at the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano prior to its world debut at the New York International Auto Show. The official reveal takes place on Wednesday, April 16th at a press conference at New York's Jacob Javits Center. The dramatic new Murano will be on display to the public at the show from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27, 2014.
While the Nissan Murano has always stood out from ordinary crossovers with its refined yet daring and futuristic design, the new third-generation Murano kicks it up many notches with its concept car-like styling, premium interior and advanced, purposeful technology.
"Murano owners live in an environment – home, work and car – that is beautiful, well-designed and efficiently run. They are social and embrace technology," said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Chief Planning Officer (CPLO) of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "The new Murano had to embrace all of these values, while also taking a major leap forward in terms of its 'Wow' factor."
As the halo vehicle for Nissan's expanding range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the latest Murano also expresses a new Nissan design direction – including its V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights and the unique "floating" roof.
The breakthrough exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.
Available technology features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.
Responsive driving is provided by a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive.
Available safety and security systems include Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency Braking. The new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) system utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle behind the Murano approaching from either side of the parking space.
The 2015 Nissan Murano will be offered in four grade levels when it goes on sale in late 2014: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Each is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.