Nissan has revealed the all-new 2015 Murano ahead of its public debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show.
And it seems that while it’s not yet confirmed, there is a possibility the new US-built luxury crossover will be coming back to Britain.
Set to go on sale in late 2014 in the US, the new third-generation Murano is derived from the Renaissance concept shown at the 2012 New York Motor Show. Nissan admits they were developed in parallel.
Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura says the Murano carries three elements of future Nissan design – the V-Motion front end, signature lighting and floating roofline. The later helps it be recognisable from a distance, while up close, complex body sides carry plenty of sculpting (an engineering challenge in itself, says Nissan…).
The LED lights front and rear were another engineering challenge according to Nakamura. But such attention to design detail has been worth it: the Cd is down to 0.31.
Inside, it has a ‘social lounge’ layout that is much simpler than before – 10 audio and sat nav buttons replace the 25 of the old car. “We’ve learned from personal electronics that consumers aren’t always looking for devices that do more, they just want it done better,” said Nakamura. “People rarely read the directions for their smartphone because they know intuitively how to operate them.
It’s an interior that should keep the social, tech-savvy people who buy Muranos happy. As should NASA-inspired ‘Zero Gravity’ seats for four of the five passengers – and a low centre console creates what Nissan calls a ‘communication alley’ between front and rear.
“We want everyone to feel like they are being taken care of, not just the driver. It’s a continuation of the social lounge theme introduced in the Resonance Concept – a place you want to share with friends,” added Nakamura.
The new Murano will be guilt in Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in North America, for global consumption: if it does come to the UK, cars will be sourced from there.
There’s just one stumble: engines. Only one has been announced so far, a thirsty 260hp 3.5-litre V6 with a weedy 240lb ft of torque and an undoubtedly frustrating Xtronic CVT-style gearbox. The firm says economy will be 20% better than before, but will it be good enough for Europe? We’ll see…
Oh, and here’s one for fact-fans: where does the Murano name come from? A famous Italian glassware range. Now you know.