The New York International Auto Show is upon us, and Nissan has given us our first look at the all-new 2015 Murano. In a press release, Nissan says the Murano “was inspired by the elegance of the famed Italian Murano glassware” when it was first introduced for 2003. However, the 2015 Nissan Murano offers futuristic styling inspired by Nissan’s Resonance concept, which debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
“At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences,” says Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later.”
Like the 2014 model, the redesigned Murano will come with a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The 2015 Murano is 130 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, and recieves engine and transmission enhancements, low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic improvements. As a result, Nissan says that the new affordable midsize SUV should get fuel economy estimates that are 20 percent better than the 2014 Murano’s 20 mpg combined rating.
The 2015 Murano will be offered in S, SV, SL and Platinum trims, and Nissan says its dashboard will feature 60 percent fewer audio and navigation switches than the outgoing model. The automaker’s NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and rear outboard seats will come standard, and the new Murano’s cargo hold is four cubic feet larger than the previous generation’s.
Standard features on the base 2015 Murano include a rearview camera, push-button start and NissanConnect smartphone integration, which provides Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and hands-free text messaging. Available features include power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, climate-controlled front seats, an 11-speaker Bose sound system and a voice-activated navigation system with traffic updates and an 8-inch touch-screen display.
Available driver assistance features include a new cross traffic alert system, blind spot warning, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, which uses multiple cameras to provide a bird’s eye view around the vehicle while parking. Nissan says that if a shopping cart or a stroller is approaching when the driver is backing out of a parking space, the Moving Object Detection system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.
Nissan says the 2015 Murano will hit showroom floors in late 2014. Pricing and full specs have yet to be announced.
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