The five-seat SUV is around 50mm longer than the current Murano and, while the wild wheels on the Detroit motor show car won’t make into into production, the radical “floating” roofline is expected to, though probably not with the concept’s glass top.
Elements of the design study could also appear on the next Nissan Dualis, particularly the “boomerang” headlamps and taillights. Nissan executive vice-president Andy Palmer says the Resonance previews Nissan’s intent to redefine the crossover segment.
“We want cars for people with an optimistic outlook and this edgy yet sophisticated design inside and out delivers that. It is confident and expressive, and that defines our crossover philosophy,” he says.
Propulsion for the concept comes from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. Power is transferred to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission.
If the outside design previews upcoming models, the interior is a pure flight of fancy. Nissan says it is based on the designers’ interpretation of “what the future of first-class space travel might be”.
Nissan also launched a new base model Leaf that cuts $6000, or 18 per cent, off the price of the electric car in the US. Nissan has sold 50,000 Leafs globally since the vehicle’s launch in 2011.
The US-only Versa Note rounded out Nissan’s product launch in Detroit. The Note is the US equivalent to the Nissan Pulsar hatch due in Australia later this year.
The US-spec version includes a 360-degree overhead camera system and an active grille shutter, which closes on start-up to speed engine warm-up and at highway speeds to improve fuel economy.