Caught! 2015 Nissan Murano Prototype
Styling Shows Strong Influence from Resonance Concept
The Nissan Murano was one of the original entries into the two-row, midsize crossover segment, and has only seen one major redesign since its debut in 2003. Well, Nissan's signature fashion-forward crossover is about to get its third redesign for the 2015 model year.
Cladded from bumper to bumper in a dizzying camo, with an impromptu black-tape grille, certain details are apparent. The headlight design, although not as dramatic, shows a similarity to that on the Resonance concept, with what appears to be an upswept LED "eyebrow" strip. Around back, the Murano's horizontal taillights protrude outward more than the current model, and may serve an aerodynamic purpose, much as the taillight design on the Toyota RAV4.
Interior styling is not quite as radical, with a relatively conventional-looking center stack and gauge cluster, although the interior is noteworthy for having a relatively large touchscreen, possibly as large as 8 inches diagonally, a measurement that's quickly becoming an industry standard.
As far as what's under the hood, there are two possibilities. Nissan's well-proven VQ35DE 3.5-liter V-6 could carry over, and could be supplemented by a new 2.5-liter supercharged I-4, combined with a hybrid system similar to that used in the Pathfinder Hybrid, or by itself. A four-cylinder powerplant for the Murano has been hinted at before, but as Toyota learned with the Sienna minivan, a smaller, less-powerful engine doesn't always necessarily translate to higher fuel economy. Although unconfirmed, the 2015 Nissan Murano could debut at next month's Detroit auto show.