Nissan confirmed today that it will introduce the 2015 Murano crossover at the 2014 New York auto show on Wednesday, April 16. The automaker released a cryptic teaser photo and video, but our spy photographers have already thoroughly documented the overall design of the new car.
The 2015 Nissan Murano will draw much of its design inspiration from the wild Resonance concept shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show. In fact, Nissan North America senior vice president of sales Fred Diaz confirmed as much last month at meeting with reporters.
“You are going to be very shocked by how close the new Murano is to the Resonance concept,” Diaz said in late February.
As our spy shots showed, the 2015 Nissan Murano will continue with the same basic crossover shape as today’s model. However, look for more pronounced creases and sharper edges, as evidenced by the strong surfacing on the Resonance concept. Expect the new crossover to adopt Nissan’s new “V” front grille design, the LED running lights seen in the teaser image, and a tapered, rounded liftgate that recalls the Juke and Rogue crossovers.
It’s less clear what will power the 2015 Nissan Murano, although we expect the new version will simply use an updated version of the current crossover’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine and continuously variable transmission. In a statement, Nissan called the new Murano, “the halo vehicle” for its crossover range, and promised that it “features a spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.”
Look for more details to emerge between now and the official debut of the 2015 Nissan Murano on April 16.