When the Nissan Murano launched in the early-2000s it was one of the first crossovers to eschew truck-like looks in favor of more sporty styling. For the third generation, Nissan is rumored to be taking the CUV's design even farther with inspiration from the wild Resonance concept that debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. According to Edmunds, Nissan will unveil the next-generation, 2015 Murano and an unnamed concept at the New York Auto Show in April.

The new Murano will go on sale this fall on the same front-wheel drive platform as the Altima, Pathfinder and next-gen Maxima. Its size will be roughly unchanged compared to the current model, and there won't be a seven-seater option. Nissan spokesman Dan Bedore told Edmunds that it already offers "three rows in the Rogue as an option and three rows in the Pathfinder for everything. We don't need another three-row crossover." There will also be a rumored hybrid version using the Pathfinder's supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 22-horsepower electric motor and lithium-ion battery. To disappoint the dozen people who will miss it, the much-maligned Murano CrossCabriolet will not make it to the third generation. Let's all shed a tear.


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      graphikzking
      • 10 Months Ago
      Don't believe it. Look at the Versa Concept. That was BEAUTIFUL sporty etc. Then came production model. http://all-car-s.ru/img/cars/22333-eihyB0-big.jpg http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/09/28/144203.2-lg.jpg Yep, so I'll believe it when I see it, for sale.
        ChrisH
        • 10 Months Ago
        @graphikzking
        concept is way too good looking for Nissan to let it go on sale :P
      malgu
      • 10 Months Ago
      Let me get this straight, the Murano is sized between the Rogue and Pathfinder and both of those have 3 rows but the Murano does not.. what's the point of the Murano?
        john96xlt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @malgu
        Just like the Ford Edge, it's a sportier alternative to the family-oriented Rouge/Escape and Pathfinder/Explorer.
          BG
          • 10 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          4000-lb+ high-center-of-gravity truck wagon with huge alloy wheels = sporty?
        leo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @malgu
        better optioned and style, drives better than Rouge without being as large as a pathfinder the Rouge is for budget minded people, who also want 3 rows but can't afford the pathfinder. the murano is priced very close to the pathfinder so if you need 3 rows and have the $ you'd also want the size but than not everyone wants a 3rd row and the pathfinder size
        ChrisH
        • 10 Months Ago
        @malgu
        entry level luxury, kind of a range topper for empty nesters, grand parents, and even maybe someone with small kids. I had one, great ride. Was near clone interior wise to the FX of the same year in 05, which one reason I didn't do the FX (gussied up Nissan it was)
          Josh
          • 10 Months Ago
          @ChrisH
          The FX was not a 'gussied up FWD nissan car'. It was a gussied up FM-platform or better yet, Z-car with SUV stance. If anything was a gussied up FWD nissan car, it was the Murano - based upon the FF-IV/V platform harkening back to the late 90s Altima/Maxima. While it was a gussied up FWD car, probably couldn't find a better FWD car than the Nissans. :)
        Bob
        • 10 Months Ago
        @malgu
        to confuse autoblog readers named malgu
      Black Dyanmite
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm betting it will look hot. The current one still rocks! The one vehicle Nissan has with some natural swag..... BD
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good riddance to the ugly convertible.
      Teleny411
      • 10 Months Ago
      Surprise! Another ugly crossover!
        A W
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        Surprise, another idiot who thinks it's going to look anything close to the images posted since it's a CONCEPT, not a POST-PRODUCTION model.
      d
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Murano has the space for the third row, the Rogue does not. I don't understand the decision. It also doesn't look like the boomerang lights are going anywhere, the continuation of one of the worst design elements of the past ten years only slightly less annoying than fake portholes. I've always liked Nissan in the '80s and '90s but recently I just can't. The near identical design of each car means that if you don't like the styling there is nothing you can buy from the brand.
        Txdesign
        • 10 Months Ago
        @d
        Why do people always have to make such overblown statements. Really? One of the worst design elements in the last 10 years. Take a look at the McLaren P1.
        SethG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @d
        The first Murano was inspired. It led the market in so many ways: packaging, styling, CVT in a larger vehicle, etc. The second generation didn't do the name justice. I still look closely when I see a first gen and look away when I see a second gen. But, like the Maxima, this is a car that has not only been neglected by Nissan but also been elbowed out of the lineup by other quality cars. The Maxima started to become irrelevant when the Altima got really good and available with the same engine. The Murano because irrelevant when the Rogue got a little bigger and the Pathfinder got a little softer. If I were Nissan I would have called the current Pathfinder a Murano. I would have let the Pathfinder soldier on as some sort of trucky offering that few would buy but would honor the legacy of the name and hold the torch for people who still need an SUV. As it is, they will try to cram the Murano into a space in the lineup that doesn't really exist. It's a market that now includes the Venza, Outback and Edge. And really only the Edge has a similar issue with good CUVs above and below it in Ford's lineup.
          hokkaido76
          • 10 Months Ago
          @SethG
          @graphikzking: the highlander and 4runner are NOT duplicates. Anyone who has been around for more than two seconds would know that......
          SethG
          • 10 Months Ago
          @SethG
          Just thought of where this new car belongs and it's not as a Nissan at all. This should be quickly transformed into the Infinit QXwhatever and do battle with the Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX.
          graphikzking
          • 10 Months Ago
          @SethG
          It's odd, but many companies have these "duplicate cars". Nissan has Pathfinder and Murano. Toyota has Highlander and 4Runner. Ford has Edge and Explorer. (and Flex for that matter). I don't fully understand it but for some reason the market dictates that they keep both models.
        leo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @d
        people that can only afford $24k also need 3rd row for kids.. not eveyone can go up to a $40k pathfinder. the murano stickers the same as the pathfinder (within 1-2k) so those that need 3rd row will go for the larger so the 3rd row is more usable cars from the 80's were all boxes and about as ugly an era as will ever come. even the early 90's were ugly
      christophermcg
      • 10 Months Ago
      Fugly just like the current Murano and even worse, what's probably still holding on for dear life - that wretched CVT.
      modalita
      • 10 Months Ago
      I never thought there would ever be a vehicle that could make Acura's beak look pretty by comparison.
      csrecord
      • 10 Months Ago
      Kill it with fire!
      Cruising
      • 10 Months Ago
      The first gen Murano's styling has aged gracefuly. They do not look dated at all. I like the direction Nissan is going with it's new styling concepts, extremely distinctive. Can't wait to see the Murano and Maxima.
      zizixx89
      • 10 Months Ago
      I heard the murano is the best performing CUV next to its bigger brother FX37/QX70
      Bob
      • 10 Months Ago
      Considering japanese concepts rarely look anything like the real car let's just wait and see
        Bob
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Bob
        alright but occasionally euro concepts look close to production but the japanese ones look nothing like the final product
        AP1_S2K
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Bob
        most concepts very rarely look like the production version. If one ever looks very close to the actual production version, it's an exception.
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