There are so many rumors out there that talk about the next-generation Nissan Murano, but not everything looks legit. Nevertheless, Worldcarfans spy recently managed to take some photos of the 2015 Murano crossover which heavily camouflaged being tested on public roads, interior photo also successfully captured.
There’s not much information revealed by Worldcarfans, just a short article with no spec details. However, their report indicates that the third-gen Murano could be launched in 2015, even though we know the Japanese brand Nissan has not announced the 2015 Murano release date at this time.
The next-gen Murano will likely take some styling cues from the Nissan TeRRA FCEV concept that was introduced for the first time at the Paris Motor Show last year, according to Worldcarfans.
This means that the 2012 TeRRA FCEV concept will give many fresh ideas in terms of exterior styling, but the TeRRA exterior design look less good, so maybe the Nissan X-Trail will give other styling ideas. In addition, the Murano may also get a redesign for the 2015 model year.
Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s vice president has said that the third-generation Murano will be very different compared to the current model. This new crossover may be introduced in concept form for the first time at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show in January or New York Auto Show next April, but we cannot guarantee you’ll see it there.
Our sources say that the 2015 Nissan Murano will be more inspired by the Resonance Concept that has been introduced for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show earlier last year. So it’s not going to take design cues from the TeRRA FCEV Concept? Not necessarily, because all the information so far is still vague and not entirely accurate.
Resonance is claimed to have a pretty good aerodynamics, so Nissan may consider taking some important elements from the Resonance concept and then bring it to the third-generation Murano. Furthermore, the new crossover will also use the same platform as can be found in the Nissan Pathfinder SUV and Altima sedans, it’s known as the Nissanâ€™s modular D platform.
Under the hood, the 2015 Nissan Murano will most likely use the same engine as seen on the current model, along with a new hybrid powertrain. This means that the new Murano crossover will be powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 gasoline engine that can deliver up to 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 240 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
This V6 gasoline engine will be available with an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) as standard on the vehicle. Nissan will offer a front-wheel drive setup as standard for the 2015 models, but buyers can also order optional all-wheel drive if they wish.
Furthermore, the Murano hybrid version will likely rely on the latest Nissan hybrid system derived from the Resonance concept. This hybrid system consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works together with an electric motor and Xtronic CVT. Meanwhile, the electric motor will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and intelligent charging control.
Speaking about the release date, recent reports indicate that the 2015 Nissan Murano will most likely be released in the first half of this year and the new model will make its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April. As for price estimates, we expect the new Murano crossover will go on sale in the U.S. market with a starting price of around $29,500. As you know, the current model hit a Nissan dealership floor with a base MSRP of $28,440.
Spy photo by Worldcarfans