When it debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the third-generation Nissan Murano wowed us more than just about any other car on hand (that's sort of why we handed it an Editors' Choice for the NYIAS). It's sharp, aggressive design was a dramatic departure from the smoother styling of the second-gen CUV, although it wasn't too polarizing. Most importantly, though, it was a vehicle with actual design presence – you want to see it from every angle, all of which draw your eye with something new.

Of course, settling on the design for a new vehicle is far from a straightforward process. While a design might take shape on a designer's drafting table, there are a huge number of steps it needs to get through before making it to an auto show stage or to your local dealer. According to Nissan engineer Chris Reed, those steps very nearly curtailed the Murano's design before the first die was even cast.

Reed has a full account of this sharp design's trials and tribulations in a must-read story from Ward's.


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      Zeta
      • 6 Months Ago
      Artistically, this design is well ahead of its time. I can see it as one of those cars that still look good decades from now.
      bK
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks fresh, but i think the new Rogue is going to hinder its sales. They are everywhere.
      Cruising
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nissan is going to be on fire in the styling department in a few years, once they start adapting this design language to the entire lineup in some form. Can't wait for the new Maxima.
      Native Redskin
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like the design is coming back in line, after a couple of model years absence-- the lines look much better. Is there a trace of Evoque roofline there???
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      This makes the new Lincoln MKC look like a decades old rebadged Ford.
        F150Soul
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        They don't even compete in the same class genius...
      herrstreet
      • 6 Months Ago
      I really liked the previous Murano but I can't disagree more about this design. To my eyes it's a complete mess. The black plastic around the grill looks unfinished, The fenders in the front stick up too high and make the tires seem small, the uptick at the back actually engineers a huge blind spot and all that black paint around the hatch just looks like a bandaid to a styling trick that the engineers couldn't pull off. The only Murano I like less is the convertible.
      Nick H
      • 6 Months Ago
      The front end reminds me of the yellow Angry Bird.
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Better boring than ugly.
      Rafa
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nissan seems to be coming around in their exterior design but The new Murano is still not very pleasing to look at. :(
      • 6 Months Ago
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        Shadowcatt77
        • 6 Months Ago
        this color looks much better in live photos with real lighting. The rendered shots in this article don't do much at all. Check out this gallery for a better impression: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2015-nissan-murano-new-york-2014/#photo-2542633
        lne937s
        • 6 Months Ago
        BTW, you can see it in different colors now on the Nissan site: http://www.nissanusa.com/crossovers/2015-murano/?next=header.future_concept.postcard.overview.image
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      Lincoln needs to hire some of the Nissan interior designers.
      leo
      • 6 Months Ago
      awesome.. nothing in it's class comes close.. exterior and interior
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