Spied! 2015 Nissan Murano Resonates with Resonance Concept Car Cues

By Jacob Brown | December 17, 2013
Nissan seemingly doesn't leave much to the imagination these days, and that's a good thing. At this year's North American International Auto Show all the way back in January--we're getting our helping of Detroit again next month--Nissan previewed the 2015 Murano with the Resonance concept midsize crossover. We knew it wouldn't stray too far from what the production version would look like outside of a fantastical interior and larger wheels. But seeing the production version roaming the streets in camouflage has since assured us that it'll be a pretty good copy in production form. One of the more striking features of the Resonance was its rearmost "C" pillar's boomerang shape. The production version will not disappoint, as it looks to carry both the form and the function. Other cues like the general headlight shape will carry over as well. Because the 2014 Nissan Rogue has grown so dramatically, we expect the Murano to gain some inches to keep it compelling. Based on the same architecture as the 2014 Nissan Altima and the next-generation Nissan Maxima that has yet to be released, we anticipate that the 2015 Nissan Rogue will continue to be powered by the venerable 3.5-liter V-6 that's under the hood of the current crossover. Fuel economy ought to increase, however. And we wouldn't be surprised to see a four-cylinder or hybrid variant join the lineup this time around, as both are already in the Altima and Pathfinder's portfolios. The Nissan Murano has always been provocatively styled, and we expect the new midsize crossover to continue in that tradition. Judging by what we see here, the 2015 Murano doesn't look to disappoint. I will say, personally, that I am upset that the Murano CrossCabriolet was discontinued, however, with no sign of a comeback on the horizon.