New Nissan Murano unveiled


Nissan Murano

The third generation Nissan Murano was revealed this week ahead of the New York Motor Show, sporting a whole new-look.

Nissan's flagship SUV has taken inspiration from the Resonance concept that was on display at last year's Detroit Motor Show. It includes stylish boomerang lights, a panoramic "moonroof" and the same "social lounge" seating arrangement as featured on the concept.

The Japanese car company has said the Murano represents a "new Nissan design direction" and claims nothing else looks like it in the segment.

Not only that, but it has the same drag coefficient as many sports cars and it has been stripped of almost 60kg of weight, which will prove a major benefit to fuel consumption. The sleek look also includes Nissan's striking new 'V-motion' front end.

Currently the only engine offered is a 3.5-litre V6 petrol developing 260bhp - a sure sign of the car's US market focus.

Nissan is also boasting about the car's NASA-inspired 'Zero Gravity' seats and a premium interior with more features for passengers, such as a rear USB connection port and heated seats. However, when we asked Nissan what Zero Gravity seats exactly were, their response was "no idea".

Nissan has also made changes to the dashboard, which now includes a new drive assist display on a seven-inch, high-resolution screen.

Despite all this extra tech, Nissan's designers haven't lost focus on the Murano's practicality. The boot now contains an extra cubic foot of space, and can be expanded further by folding the rear seats flat at the flick of a switch.

Unfortunately Nissan is still unsure if the Murano will make it to showrooms on British shores. The previous generation model was dropped in the UK due to poor sales, but this new model may be the car to change its reputation.

When asked, Nissan UK said it was still considering the possibility of introducing the Murano to the UK, but wouldn't be drawn on a time frame.

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

Rebecca Chaplin