Nissan Previews Resonance Concept Before Detroit Debut; Likely the New Murano

Nissan’s product blitz continues next week when the Japanese automaker puts something called the Resonance concept on stage at the Detroit Auto Show. While the name is a bit strange, we’re pretty sure the car will go by a different name when it hits showrooms–Murano.

It’s been a little while since we last heard about the new Murano. We originally reported that Nissan was hoping to “shock” us with the new Murano, and was planning on a sale date some time in 2014. With automakers giving us glimpses at many 2014 model-year production cars at Detroit, it’s the perfect time for the new mid-size crossover to peek out.

The announcement was accompanied by the typical shadowy teaser illustration, which shows a strong, flowing character line down the length of the body and reverse-L taillights that look like an even more stylized version of the Juke’s. The sloping roof and angular rear glass suggest that the Murano is going to take a slightly more coupe-like shape than the current, more upright one.

There is one caveat, however: the Resonance concept isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Nissan concept that may preview the Murano. We saw the Terra concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show and reported that it was previewing the next-generation Murano, although that car’s fuel-cell powertrain and suicide-style rear doors reminded us that it was a very early concept. Squint a bit and the Resonance looks like a fresher take on the Terra–the strong wheel arches and creases above them are still there, albeit with a bit more flare. Still, there’s a (very) slight chance it’s meant to preview something else, like the new Rogue.

Whichever way it goes, the Resonance will debut on the floor of Cobo Hall next week, and we’ll be there to cover it.

Source: Nissan

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