2015 Nissan Murano Debuts In New York

The third generation of the Nissan Murano will hit dealerships this fall, but Nissan took the wraps off the new model at the 2014 New York auto show. Perhaps the early unveiling was to give us all time to get used to the Murano’s new look. As Nissan sees it, the original Murano (introduced for the 2003 model year) made a style statement. The second-generation 2009 Nissan Murano concentrated on interior improvements, and its exterior design was merely evolutionary. “This is revolution,” says Nissan product-planning chief Pierre Loing, who claims that the company’s brief to the designers for the third-generation Murano was: “Make it look like a show car.”

Murano and Maxima, the closest kin in the Nissan family

The car the 2015 Nissan Murano most looks like is the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept from the 2014 Detroit auto show. On both cars you see oversize boomerang headlights, a shape that is repeated in the taillights. The two also share a U-shaped grille outlined with a thick, bright-metal band that carries up into two chunky forms on the hood. In profile, the new Murano and the Sports Sedan Concept have a side crease that hops up over the front wheels and then wraps over onto the hood. Below that side crease is a busy rocker-panel area. The cars also feature an unusual C-pillar treatment that suggests a floating roof. There is a lot going on visually, which can be a characteristic of Japanese design, but we’re told that both the new Murano and the Sport Sedan Concept were penned initially at Nissan’s California studio.

The Sport Sedan Concept presages the next Maxima, a model that is a close kin to the Murano in the Nissan lineup and appeals to the same type of buyer. “Murano and Maxima are the closest vehicles we have to premium,” Loing says. Like the Maxima, the Murano is derived from the Altima platform and will use the company’s 3.5-liter V-6 exclusively, mated to a continuously variable transmission (although a hybrid powertrain also is in the works).

Compared with the current Murano, the new version is two inches longer, one inch wider, and half an inch lower. Despite casting a larger shadow, the 2015 Murano is lighter by about 130 pounds. The lighter weight, combined with improved powertrain efficiency, better aerodynamics, and low-rolling-resistance tires helps the new Murano achieve a claimed 20 percent fuel economy improvement.

A kid-free zone

Nissan also wanted to separate the Murano from the Pathfinder. Although the vehicles will occupy a similar price band, the five-passenger Murano is expected to appeal more to empty nesters, whereas the three-row Pathfinder is aimed at families with at least two kids. With smaller families targeted by the Rogue, the Murano is the Nissan crossover least likely to have French fries buried in the back seat cushions.

You wouldn’t want a crew of messy tykes smearing snack foods all over the upscale environs of this new Murano. The cream leather is accented by a color-matched trim that is a modern take on wood grain. The dash is adorned with gloss black and metallic pieces, and ambient lighting glows from unexpected places. Nissan’s so-called “zero-gravity” seats are featured front and rear, and the rear seats can be heated.

The driver gazes at two screens: a 7-inch screen in the instrument cluster and a new 8-inch center touchscreen. The latter at least does not banish all physical buttons, but there are fewer than before. Of course, there is a bevy of tech features. Forward collision warning with automatic braking, available today on the company’s Infiniti brand models, comes to Nissan with the new Murano. Other items include Nissan’s useful around-view monitor, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, rear cross-path detection, blind-spot warning, and a standard backup camera.

With this third-generation Murano, production switches to Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, facility. While more than 80,000 first-generation Muranos were sold in its best year, the second-generation model topped out at just over 70,000 units and has been drifting lower. The company obviously hopes that this radical new design will once again get the Nissan Murano noticed. No worries there, we’d say. The question is whether buyers will like what they see.

Prince Yusuf
Sameer S. Bhalerao
Darren Songfreid
The front is a hot mess.
Mohan Hnr
so nice
Shubham Badal
Abhishek Maheshwari
cracker it is!! :) =D
Daniel Kempo
keren bgt
Christian Schmidt
Front design some what busy. maybe to edgy for more conservative customers.
The current model looks better with European style, the new one looks like combination of Lexus and Honda, just ugly.
Justin Demyan
Previous did look better.
Doug Maxwell
well, much better than current, but wouldnt buy one.
Jeremy Collins
The last one was better
Lee Klein
Trying much too hard. All those angles are a mess.
Simbu Silambarasan
Nice design
Orin O'Neill
It looks like all the other crossovers. Not distinctive, like the original...
Shubham Badal
Abhishek Maheshwari
Christo Roos
Nice,when wil it be available in SA
Jithin Jose
i like nissan
Jithin Jose
very nice
Junaid Qureshi
I wish they went away from the cvt.
Unless you're a current Murano owner and can tell the subtle differences but to me it looks the same.
Jegan Mohan
Andre Lienhard
The original Murano look"s better !
Patel Narsih K
Keya bhai bat he nice vg
Otto Go
How about fixing the transmission issues?
Dinesh Bobbili
Cool but looks like mahindra xuv
Jake Chapman
They all look the same. The Murano is supposed to be edgy! What is this crap?! As far as I'm concerned, Nissan is a dead brand.
Son XM
Its look is what needs nissan
TJ Leonard
Rear side glass/d-pillar is just plain silly! A downward-sloping -roof-line, an upward-sloping-belt-line. meeting at a thick d-pillar is a recipe for horrible visibility, and the overwhelming current CUV style trend. Visibility matters, WTF! I hope Subaru never losses "sight" of the importance of visibility and simple function..
Mir Javed
it looking nice
Uday Kiran Raj Varasala
It looking nice
Brenda Worcester
I think it's a beautiful design!! I prefer the Rogue, but the Murano 2015 is gorgeous!!
Paul Edmonds
Its a Honda Fit on steroids but it still looks nice
Mark Schmidt
Very Fugly!!! Nissan has lost it's way... in design and vehicle handling. Also HATE those damn CVT's....
Alex Peter
I like Nissan more than any car...but they r not beauty than their previous models.........example Maxima, Patrol, Pathfinder...
Raakul King Maker
What price is it
Sumon Dhara
Vry nice car ...
Parminder Singh
How price is?????
Maciej Aleks Cybulski
The rear pillar is faked out to look black like the glass - which means major blind spot most likely! Gotta see it in person to really decide. Looks a little interesting though. Not the typical SUV so it could work since a lot os utes look alike these days!
Liew Yoon Chee
It look just like a Qashqai.
Ron Young
Nissan has ugliest cars
Christopher Reed
#aintcare Bring us an S16 to compete with the BRZ and I'll be interested.. Till then, Nissan is going to continue the trend of following Mitsubishi down the Road of Irrelevance.
Jean-Daniel Duloir
A break???
Pompeo D'Avella
Same old design....yawn.
Pong Malasai
Celine Soe Lin
How much?
Pong Malasai
Cory E. McClain
You have worst English.
Terra Pirata
First: the Idx and Freeflow are response from Nissan to a RWD small cheap sport car like the FRS/BRZ.
Second: I wish they don't compete with the FRS because that car sucks.. 200 hp, 149 of torque, 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds, even my 4 cylinder Altima is faster.
@Cory E. McClain  Ah yes the grammar and spelling nazi can't even form a correct sentence.

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price


new cars

Read Related Articles