We’ve come across new spy shots of the 2015 Nissan Murano, which was out testing under slightly more revealing camouflage than the last time we spotted it. These latest pictures show more detail about the new midsize crossover’s front grille, headlights, side skirts, taillights, and rear bumper.
Even more so than before, it’s becoming very clear that the new 2015 Nissan Murano will adopt sharper and more angular styling that comes directly from the wild Nissan Resonance concept shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show. At an Automotive Press Association lunch last month, Nissan vice president of sales and marketing Fred Diaz said, “You are going to be very shocked by how close the new Murano is to the Resonance concept.”
When we first saw the Resonance at the Detroit auto show in 2013, we were amazed at how much more exciting it looked than the current Murano, but were doubtful that design would make it to dealerships. Both Diaz and these spy photos prove the opposite.
The most striking similarity between the show car and the prototypes spied here is the V-shaped front grille, which looks directly ported over from the Resonance concept. Everything from the shape of the slats to the ribbing on the central opening matches up with the concept car, which is a notable accomplishment. The headlights keep the same boomerang shape, but look a bit fatter and less sleek than on the show car. Around the rear we see taillights shaped like those on the concept, too, which should give a nod to the L-shaped designs we know from the recently refreshed Nissan Juke.
The Nissan Murano's proportions are definitely toned down from the larger, more exaggerated shapes on the Resonance, but the overall feel of motion and excitement looks like it will be maintained. It’s even possible that we could see some of the show car’s more out-there cues like the floating roof and disguised D-pillar make it to production. Even the bold side skirt and rocker sill shape from the Detroit concept are visible beneath camouflage tape, pointing to a very striking production car.
Stay tuned for more updates on the 2015 Nissan Murano, which will likely debut at the 2014 New York auto show.