Our spy shooter recently snapped some photos of the 2015 Nissan Murano, and this redesigned midsize crossover looks to feature a swoopier, more rakish evolution of the current Nissan Murano’s shape. The 2015 Nissan Murano is expected to debut sometime next year and will take many design cues from the Nissan Resonance Concept from last year’s Detroit auto show.
From the looks of this prototype, it appears that the resemblance to the Resonance Concept is strong in the next Murano. Up front, the headlights are a slightly tamed-down version of the Resonance’s swept-back shape, and the profile retains the same rising character lines that give the Murano a wedge-like shape. Around back, the lines of the Murano look like a cross between the Rogue and Juke crossovers, with protruding taillights in a similar shape as the headlights and a tapered rear hatch.
We also caught a glimpse of the 2015 Nissan Murano’s interior, which looks to continue the plush theme of current Nissans like the Altima sedan and Pathfinder SUV. A large touchscreen is unsurprisingly front-and-center on the console, and looks to have a slightly updated version of the NissanConnect infotainment system. At last year’s Detroit auto show, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer said the interior styling direction for the 2015 Nissan Murano would be more driver-focused, a trend that should continue for all future Nissans.
Palmer also said that the overall driving dynamics and styling of the 2015 Murano are intended to show where Nissan aims to go with future models. Promising an optimized ride-and-handling balance and a luxurious feel, Palmer said the new Murano would have, “perceived quality at least one, perhaps two levels above where you expect the segment to be.”
For the 2015 Nissan Murano, this segment happens to be the midsize crossover class where it competes with models like the Ford Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and the Toyota Venza. We expect the 2015 Murano to continue on with Nissan’s tried-and-true 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and the newly developed gasoline-electric system from the Pathfinder Hybrid will make its way into the engine bay as well. Our spy shooter also noticed a panel on the front fender that suggests that a plug-in hybrid model is possible.
Look for the 2015 Nissan Murano to make its debut sometime this spring during the 2014 auto show season.