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Nissan Resonance Concept Debut

Going rogue on the next Murano

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Early last year, Nissan guaranteed the launch of six all-new vehicles in the next year and a half. From those, we've seen the Nissan Versa sedan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Versa hatchback, and the upcoming Nissan Rogue compact crossover, which gets its chance in a few months. That leaves the Nissan Murano as one of the oldest vehicles in the lineup, having come out as a 2009 model in January 2008. It's about due for a replacement.

Enter: The Nissan Resonance concept, a clear indication of the automaker's future direction of the midsize crossover.

The head of design for Nissan said late last year that the Murano would be a radical departure from the current model, and judging by the Nissan Resonance, we'd say so. Its lines arc over its wheel wells, with its rearmost window pillars sharing a character line similar to the current Murano's. However, its tail lights wrap up around the pillars more like the compact Nissan Juke crossover, and its body curves upward sharply ahead of the hatch. The chief designer for the Resonance said it will be toned down for production with a usable interior and smaller wheels, but the general shape will remain.

Nissan says the Resonance concept's powertrain is a hybrid, which makes sense judging from Nissan's current high-mpg game plan. It also helps that Nissan just announced that the 2015 Nissan Murano would be going into production in the automaker's Canton, Mississippi, plant--its first time being built in the U.S.--joining the Altima midsize sedan with which it shares much of its underpinnings. Look for the Altima to gain a hybrid version in the near future, with the next Murano possibly adopting its powertrain in production form.

The Nissan Resonance concept features what is called a “VIP lounge” interior design, with a light, airy cabin and massive panoramic sunroof. Its displays are layered three-dimensionally to give more important readouts priority up front. The Nissan Resonance just won the North American International Auto Show’s “Eyes on Design” award for best concept car of the show. We’re eager to see how much of it will be featured in the production model that’s likely to go into production for the 2015 model year.

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