Nissan's Murano has long been one of the more insistently styled crossovers on the market, but it's time for a energize. Beside comes the Nissan Resonance concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Dimensionally, the Resonance concept is alike to the current Murano in every dimension. Its proportions also emulate the production mid-size crossover’s, with a jellybean-like summary and a stumpy hood. This being a essential concept car, however, these are pretty much where the Resonance/Murano resemblance ends. The Resonance features a panoramic glass roof, giant 22-inch wheels, a colored transparent acrylic grille, and a blazing Flare Orange paint job. Nissan’s now-signature boomerang-shaped lights also make an facade here, although they’re more pleasingly stretched.
Featuring what the company calls "V-Motion" styling, Nissan says its designers were enthused "by the future allure of hypersonic travel." The Resonance employs important airflow organization to boost its fuel economy, an important issue for this concept CUV because it's also a hybrid. But don't anticipate the stars to streak by your windshield.
Under the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine escort up to a hybrid-electric drive system, according to Nissan. It employs a single motor and dual clutches to allow for all-wheel drive, and the transmission is Nissan's next-generation Xtronic constantly changeable automatic transmission. The Resonance is faintly larger than the Murano, featuring a wheelbase that's 2 inches longer, which must allocate for more legroom for passengers.
The interior is pure concept car - a multilayered "holographic" center comfort displays controls and readouts in innovative fashion. While it's absolutely cool to behold, it stands little chance of making it to manufacture.
Nissan is focusing a lot of thought on the Resonance concept's style, inside and out, highlight its intent as a fashion accessory as much as its five-passenger space. The Murano has been one of Nissan's more admired CUVs but not actually one of its more practical. With the new seven-passenger guide now filling the role of the practical people carrier, it could very well be that the Resonance suggestion at Nissan planning to take the Murano in an even more style-over-substance way. That's not a terrible thing given how good the quality looks, and it would give buyers more choice in showrooms as well.