2014 Nissan Murano Previewed in Resonance Concept

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The future is today at Nissan’s Auto Show display in Detroit. Just minutes ago the Japanese carmaker rolled out a swoopy-looking crossover concept called the Resonance.

This five-passenger vehicle is powered by an advanced hybrid drivetrain. The heart of the system is a 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine. It’s backed up by a high-performance electric motor and the company’s latest Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). A compact lithium-ion battery juices the system. For inclement weather the vehicle is also equipped with all-wheel drive.

Nissan says this car is presented only as a design concept but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the hybrid system made it into a production Nissan.

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When it comes to design, the Resonance features an energetic body that was supposedly inspired by “the futuristic allure of hypersonic travel,” no lie. Two stand-out styling elements are the headlamps, which are curiously boomerang-shaped and the D-pillars. They kick up in a very unique way.

The Resonance concept rides on 22-inch wheels.

Following one of the industry’s biggest trends, the vehicle’s roof is made of glass and gives passengers a panoramic view of the sky above, be it bright and sunny or depressingly overcast.

Moving inside, the Resonance’s airy cabin was inspired by what designers imagined first-space travel would be like if there were such a thing. The company also describes it as a “VIP lounge” because of its openness.

All told, this concept is designed to appeal to customers that aren’t satisfied with traditional crossover design. Nissan wants to “resonate” with fashion-forward shoppers.

GALLERY: Nissan Resonance Concept

GALLERY: Nissan Resonance Concept

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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