2015 Nissan Murano First Look
Redesigned CUV Continues to Spice Up Midsize Crossover Set
We've known for some time that the 2015 Nissan Murano will look a lot like the Resonance concept from last year, and now the Japanese automaker has unveiled the futuristic-looking third-generation crossover in New York. With the 2015 Murano's new styling inside and out, along with its list of new features, Nissan hopes the midsize CUV will "elevate" customers' experiences.
The 2015 Nissan Murano rides on the same 111.2-inch wheelbase of its predecessor, but is longer by 2.5 inches, wider by 1.3 inches, and shorter height-wise by half an inch. The crossover inherits many of Nissan's current styling traits and bears a strong resemblance to last year's Resonance concept with its "V-motion" front grille, boomerang-style headlights, and "floating roofline" thanks to an invisible D-pillar. LED daytime running lights illuminate the front end, while the rear is highlighted by boomerang-shaped LED taillights. Nissan claims an aerodynamic improvement of more than 16 percent compared to the outgoing model, with the 2015 Murano scoring a 0.31 coefficient of drag.
The 3.5-liter V-6 and Xtronic CVT combo carries over, still producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. However, Nissan estimates that fuel economy will improve by about 20 percent, thanks to a weight reduction of around 130 pounds. The model is again offered in front- or all-wheel drive, though off-roading a Murano is probably ill-advised because of its relatively narrow approach, departure, and breakover angles. A four-wheel MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear independent suspension underpins the 2015 Murano, which is available with 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
A repackaging of the cabin has changed things a bit inside. With the lower roofline and available sliding panoramic moonroof, you'd expect headroom to shrink, but front legroom is also down 3.1 inches, while rear legroom grows by 2.4 inches. Some of the Resonance's futuristic interior details survive on the production Murano, including an advanced lighting system, a gauge cluster that sits lower than the current Murano's, and a lounge-like atmosphere. A central 8-inch color touch-screen display is available, and the center stack reduces the number of buttons and dials from 25 to just 10. Within the gauge cluster is a 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist display, which has been enhanced from the systems found in the Pathfinder and Altima. Also borrowed from the Altima are standard Zero Gravity seats that can be upholstered in leather as an option. Heated and cooled front seats are available, as are heated rear seats. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, hands-free keyless entry, and push-button start.
The 2015 Murano will be available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Up to four onboard cameras and three radar systems make possible the Murano's available advanced safety features, which include Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Nissan's Around View monitor bird's-eye camera with Moving Object Detection and Cross Traffic Alert.
The new Murano will be built at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant for the first time, joining the Frontier, Xterra, Armada, and Titan ahead of a late 2014 on-sale date. Can the 2015 Murano captivate buyers with its cutting-edge style like the original crossover did in 2003? Time will tell.