The third-generation 2015 Nissan Murano brings design elements of a futuristic concept vehicle to production reality. The new crossover draws design inspiration from the Resonance Concept shown in Detroit more than a year ago. It has a bold front end with the headlights and grille that are now unmistakably Nissan. The belt-line goes up until it nearly pinches the rear side glass against the sloping roof. It’s a good thing that it has blind spot warning system, since there is not much visibility in the rear corners. The tail lights complete the aggressive look and stylistically connect the Murano with the Juke and the Rogue.
Nissan spent a lot of time refining the interior. The center console is now wider and lower. Nissan says, this will promote conversation between front and rear occupants. The 2015 Nissan Murano goes further up the luxury scale with Zero Gravity seat design front and rear. Materials and features appear to be improved for a more high-end feel. This Murano gets one of the largest moon roofs in the segment. The cargo bay has been reconfigured to become the most cavernous in the segment with all seats up. When you need more space, simply use the power folding rear seats. Nissan also claims more rear legroom, then in the Lexus RX.
There is now a 7-inch high resolution color gauge display and the 8-inch center multi-touch display. Nissan engineers and designers removed 60% of the buttons from the center stack. There are now just 10 buttons to do what you need.
The only aspect that Nissan left alone is the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque that does duty in the current Murano. The Xtronic CVT saw design improvements to reduce friction. The improved aerodynamics (0.31 coefficient of drag), overall weight loss of about 130 pounds, and driveline efficiencies should improve fuel economy by a significant 20%. It means that the 2015 Murano could push 28 MPG on the highway. Neither Nissan nor EPA have released fuel economy estimates.
The new Murano goes on sale in late 2014.
TFLcar will bring you more details on the new Murano from New York. In the meantime, check out this fun and informative TFLcar mashup that includes the current generation Murano.