At the recent 2014 New York Auto Show Nissan has unveield the third generation Murano, with a distinctive design derived from the Resonance concept car presented at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.
Compared to the current model, the new Murano is longer and wider but slightly lower and features a drag coefficient of 0.31, improved by 16% over the outgoing model.
This was also possible thanks to a number of aerodynamic-driven details such as the new sideview mirrors, lower grille shutters and a rear bumper surfacing designed to direct airflow away from the vehicle.
The front end features the current brand’s signature face characterized by the V-Motion graphics and boomerang shaped headlights, available with LED lights and DRLs.
The profile has maintained the main defining elements of the Resonance Concept, including the S-shaped shoulder line, the elaborate lower rocker panel and the jet-inspired “floating” roof design, created by the thin A-pillars, kicked-up triangualr-shaped D-pillars and large glass area.
The rear end shares some similarities with the Juke, and features distinctively design fenders and boomerang-shaped LED taillights integrated in the rear hatchback.
The cabin offers a lounge-like social space enhanced by the wide, low center console and features seats with NASA-inspired Zero Gravity design.
The IP features 7.0-inch display and the infotainment system is available with a 8.0-inch multi-touch control center display.
The 2015 Murano will be assembled for the first time in the US (the previous two generations were produced in Japan), and will be exported from Mississippi to more than 100 markets around the world.
Below we report three official videos on the design and aerodynamics development along with the official statements by Shiro Nakamura, Nissan Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Design and Brand Management.
A conversation with Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America and Taro Ueda, vice president, Design, Nissan Design America on the all-new Nissan Murano.
Nissan Aerodynamic Engineer Masaaki Arai and Design Sculptor Sadatoshi Kitano explain some details of the aerodynamic development
Presentation at the 2014 New York Auto Show
Chief Product Specialist Kenichi Tsukada, Executive Design Director Mamoru Aoki and Overseas Chief Vehicle Engineer Christoper Reed give lowdown on the segment-defining crossover.
Design overview by Shiro Nakamura
“One of the central constructs for both the exterior and interior of the new Murano was to ‘elevate your experience,’ which is counterintuitive to the heaviness and chunkiness of the traditional sport utility vehicle. This helped inspire the push for leading-edge aerodynamic and three key elements of our future designs – the V-Motion front end, signature lighting and the ‘floating’ roofline.”
“The lights’ LED Daytime Running Light accents are instantly recognizable at night. While becoming a Murano signature, they were an engineering challenge.”
“The designers and engineers invested three times the normal wind tunnel testing of the new Murano to get to its 0.31 coefficient of drag, on par with many sports cars.”
“Beyond the sense of elegant style and premium features, owners of the first two generations often tell us about the ‘effortlessness of Murano’ – the great front view, the low instrument panel, the comfort and ease of operation. These are all things we kept and exaggerated in the new model.”
“We’ve learned from personal electronics that consumers aren’t always looking for devices that do more, they just want it done better. People rarely read the directions for their smartphone because they know intuitively how to operate them. We believe vehicles should behave the same way – it’s a new and better way to travel.”
“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. Of course, not to be overlooked is Murano’s crossover versatility, which is why the segment has become so popular in the first place.”