2015 Nissan Murano Press Kit: Overview
2015 Nissan Murano Resets The Standard In The Midsize Crossover Segment
With Breakthrough Design, Premium Interior And Purposeful Technology
● Third generation of Nissan's popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan's designled
product and brand renaissance
● Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept's refined intensity exterior and social
● Carries forward new Nissan design direction with VMotion front end, boomerang lights,
floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics
● Allnew Murano arrives in Nissan showrooms in late 2014
The firstgeneration Nissan Murano had a profound impact on the SUV market when it was
introduced for the 2003 model year. In addition to being one of the first crossovers on the market,
it offered a fresh design sensibility that combined an elegant style with premium features –
without a luxury price tag. Murano quickly attracted a loyal, enthusiastic owner base and
remained a "class of one" as other manufacturers scrambled to catch up.
The secondgeneration Murano, introduced for model year 2009, maintained its strong position
as the halo vehicle for Nissan crossovers – even as new Nissan SUVs like the bold JUKE sports
crossover, allnew unibody Pathfinder and compact Rogue joined the product portfolio.
When it came time to consider an allnew third generation, Murano had a high standard to meet
– its own. So while the original was inspired by the elegance of the famed Italian Murano
glassware from which the model took its name, the thirdgeneration took its cues from the future,
expressed in the form of the Nissan Resonance Concept vehicle.
A Concept Brought to the Showroom
"At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for
entertaining auto show audiences," said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice
president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American
International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it
is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later."
Though one was conceptual and the other productionbased, Resonance and the new Murano
were created on parallel tracks – with shared design themes and key attributes such as their
boomerang lights and unique floating roof treatment.
Like the firstgeneration Murano, the 2015 version is a highly sculptural, highly emotional design –
one that once again stands out in a field known more for uniformity and utilitybased styling.
"Murano owners live in an environment – home, work and car – that is beautiful, welldesigned
and efficiently run. They are social and embrace technology," said Palmer. "The new Murano had
to embrace all of these values, while also taking a major leap forward in terms of its 'Wow'
Working to capture the breathtaking spirit and artistry of the first Murano, the designers began by
concentrating on the new vehicle's sculptural qualities. Breaking the usual order of sketching,
computer renderings and then clay modeling, the Murano team started working with small
threedimensional clay forms – literally exploring organic shapes and volumes with mini desktop
sculptures. The process helped narrow down a new Nissan design direction focused on
lightness and efficiency.
A Lightness of Form
"One of the central constructs for both the exterior and interior of the new Murano was to 'elevate
your experience,' which is counterintuitive to the heaviness and chunkiness of the traditional
sport utility vehicle," said Nakamura. "This helped inspire the push for leadingedge aerodynamic
and three key elements of our future designs – the VMotion front end, signature lighting and the
In keeping with the idea of futuristic travel, the designers sought to create a gravitylike power to
pull viewers into the design visually, while defying gravity with a lightness of form through the use
of glass and flowing lines. The prominent glass areas of the firstgeneration Murano were
retained and expanded with the new design, including the use of its jetinspired roof and Dpillars
that appear disconnected from the roof that help visually lighten the cabin. The result is a unique
floating feeling that can be recognized from very far away.
Another key element is the continued refinement of the boomerangstyle headlights and taillights,
which were originally introduced on the Nissan 370Z. For use with the new Murano, the shapes
were slimmed and pushed to extremes to look like they flow with the wind. "The lights' LED
Daytime Running Light accents are instantly recognizable at night. While becoming a Murano
signature, they were an engineering challenge," explained Nakamura.
The available LED headlights, while providing excellent efficiency and durability (versus halogen
and xenon lights), required extensive tuning to refine the shape and light intensity. The design of
the standard LED taillights had to be balanced with the required crossover utility, with the final
shape seamlessly integrated into the rear glass, conveying a hightech quality.
Murano's sculptural bodysides also created an engineering challenge, especially in the strong
curvature of the rear fender stampings. While similar in dimensions to the previous generation
Muranos, the new design is slightly lower, wider and longer, enhancing the aerodynamics while
not compromising the desired crossover height and stance. The lower rocker panels offer a
balance of aerodynamics and ruggedness. Other critical details, such as the grille shutter,
fender lip moldings, rear bumper surfacing, rear tire deflectors and integrated rear spoiler help
achieve a more than 16 percent improvement in overall aerodynamics (versus the previous
"The designers and engineers invested three times the normal wind tunnel testing of the new
Murano to get to its 0.31 coefficient of drag, on par with many sports cars," added Nakamura.
A New Way to Travel
"Beyond the sense of elegant style and premium features, owners of the first two generations
often tell us about the 'effortlessness of Murano' – the great front view, the low instrument panel,
the comfort and ease of operation. These are all things we kept and exaggerated in the new
model," said Nakamura.
The exterior theme of futuristic travel and refined intensity continue throughout the Murano
interior, starting the moment the doors are opened with its available advanced lighting system,
open and comfortable feeling and use of premium materials.
Continuing the idea of a concept car brought to production, the new Murano shares the look and
feel of the Resonance. The upscale social lounge interior, for example, creates an inviting and
comfortable atmosphere. The instrument panel height is lower than previous Muranos. Centered
between the outer wings is a large information and control center with an available 8.0inch color
display with multitouch control. Keeping with the idea of "beauty with simplicity," the number of
audio and navigation switches has been reduced by 60 percent – from 25 to 10 – for a more
"We've learned from personal electronics that consumers aren't always looking for devices that
do more, they just want it done better," said Nakamura. "People rarely read the directions for
their smartphone because they know intuitively how to operate them. We believe vehicles should
behave the same way – it's a new and better way to travel."
Adding to the driver's sense of connectedness with security is Nissan's Advanced
DriveAssist™ Display, an enhanced version of the popular instrument panel feature offered in
the new Altima and Pathfinder. For use in the new Murano, it includes a number of new features,
including a 7.0inch highresolution color display.
Available audio systems include an advanced Bose® design with 11 speakers (including dual
subwoofers), HD Radio® and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold
separately). Also offered are NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps.
Nissan's advanced NASAinspired Zero Gravity seats are standard for front and rear outboard
occupants. The rear seats are a threecushion design, a first for a Nissan vehicle.
Climatecontrolled seats (heating and cooling) are available in front, along with available Quick
Comfort™ heated rear seats.
Other interior features include standard DualZone Automatic Temperature Control and Nissan
Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, along with available leatherappointed seating, heated
steering wheel, steering wheel position memory, driver's seat and outside mirror memory, power
folding rear seats and Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control.
Overhead, the available Power Panoramic Moonroof enhances the open, airy feeling. The
moonroof has a 40 percent longer sliding length and 29 percent larger opening than the previous
generation design. It is projected to be among the largest moonroofs in the segment.
Conversation between front and rear occupants is encouraged by the new Murano's
"communication alley" created by the wide, low center console. The console also includes a
compartment for rear occupants' smartphone. There is also an available USB port for the rear
seats that allows for control of music and display, along with ample storage areas and
compartments throughout the interior.
"We want everyone to feel like they are being taken care of, not just the driver. It's a continuation
of the social lounge theme introduced in the Resonance Concept – a place you want to share
with friends," added Nakamura. "Of course, not to be overlooked is Murano's crossover
versatility, which is why the segment has become so popular in the first place."
The new Murano's cargo area has been reconfigured (versus the previous generation) to provide
a projected best storage space in the segment (with seats up). The rear cargo area, for
example, accommodates four large suitcases, while the rear seats fold flat for greater cargo
convenience. With the easy rear seat release and available power rear seat return, Murano
converts from people hauler to cargo ship or back within seconds. All configurations can be done
from the back, with no walking to each door.
Standard 3.5liter V6 and an Extra Set of Eyes
The 2015 Murano will be available at launch with a standard 3.5liter DOHC V6 rated at 260
horsepower and 240 lbft of torque. Also standard is an advanced Xtronic transmission tuned for
quick response and smoothness. Fuel economy is projected to be enhanced by approximately
20 percent versus the current generation Murano, due to the approximate 130pound overall
weight reduction, enhanced aerodynamics and engine/transmission efficiencies.
Like the previous generation, the new Murano will offer responsive handling and a comfortable
ride through use of a 4wheel independent suspension featuring a front strut/rear multilink
design. Also standard are 4wheel disc brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS) and
powerassisted rackandpinion steering. Sporty 18inch or 20inch machinefinished
aluminumalloy wheels are also available. The 2015 Murano is offered in frontwheel drive or
intuitive allwheel drive.
"While driving a new Murano is designed to be an exciting social experience, we also intend it to
be a safe one," said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice president, Nissan
Motor Co., Ltd. "We've given Murano 'an extra set of eyes' – a suite of advanced safety features
designed to help look out for you."
The new Murano incorporates up to four onboard cameras (front, rear, two side) and three radar
systems (one front, two side) to provide input to a range of available technologies, including Blind
Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) Forward Emergency
Braking (FEB) and Intelligent Cruise Control. The new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) system utilizes
radar to detect a vehicle approaching from either side of the Murano when backing out of a
Parking a new Murano is made easier with the available classexclusive Around View® Monitor
with Moving Object Detection, which is designed to reduce the normal complexity of parallel
parking by giving an allaround view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras.
The system is not just for parallel parking, however, helping view the vehicle's placement in
pullin spots, garages and against curbs. The Moving Object Detection (MOD) system helps the
driver to detect moving objects such as shopping carts or strollers when backing out via an
onscreen notification and warning chime.
Murano also includes as standard the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage
supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor,
frontseat mounted sideimpact supplemental air bags, roofmounted curtain sideimpact
supplemental air bags with rollover sensor and driver's seat knee air bag.
"With advanced, purposeful technology designed to keep you safe and connected, along with its
refined everyday driving experience, this allnew Murano adds the solid substance to go with its
unmatched emotional style," said Palmer.
A Range of Models, Now Assembled in America
The 2015 Nissan Murano will be offered in four grade levels when it goes on sale in late 2014: S,
SV, SL and Platinum. Each is available in frontwheel drive or allwheel drive.
The new Murano also becomes the first Murano (and the ninth vehicle) assembled in Nissan's
Canton, Mississippi plant, which is the most diverse facility by number of models in Nissan's
North American network. The Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant becomes the global source for
Murano production, creating export opportunities to more than 100 markets. Murano will be
assembled on the same line as Xterra, Frontier, Titan and Armada.
"Murano resets the standard in class once again," concluded Palmer.
At A Glance: 2015 Nissan Murano
The Nissan Murano has always stood out from ordinary crossovers with its refined yet daring
and futuristic design. With the introduction of the new thirdgeneration design, Murano kicks it up
many notches with its concept carlike styling, premium interior and advanced, purposeful
The magnetic exterior design projects a sense of refined intensity, creating an immediate "wow"
response. As the halo vehicle for Nissan's expanding range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the
latest Murano also expresses a new Nissan design direction – including its Vmotion front end,
LED boomerang lights and the unique "floating" roof.
The breakthrough exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge
feel through features such as the refined instrument panel, low center console, advanced
NASAinspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by
the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.
Available technology features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 8inch
color display with multitouch control, Around View® Monitor, 8way power driver's seat with
power lumbar support, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold
separately), Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, iPod® interface, 11speaker
Bose® premium audio system, and Bluetooth® Handsfree Phone System.
Responsive driving is provided by a standard 3.5liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced
Xtronic transmission. Murano is available in frontwheel drive or Intuitive AllWheel Drive.
Available safety and security systems include Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot
Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency
Braking. The new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) system utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle
behind the Murano approaching from either side of the parking space.
The 2015 Murano is set for a late 2014 arrival at Nissan dealers nationwide.
Highlights of the 2015 Nissan Murano include:
● Breakthrough flagship exterior design with a sleek, modern style and 0.31 coefficient of
● Nissan signature VMotion front end
● Unique "floating" roof design with kickedup Dpillars
● Enhanced forward visibility through use of optimized angle and lower portion thickness of
● Futuristic signature LED Daytime Running Lights
● Available LED headlights
● Standard LED taillights
● Automatic on/off headlights
● Available fog lights
● Active Grille Shutter
● Available heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
● Available power liftgate
● Available Power Panoramic Moonroof with large glass area
● Rear privacy glass
● Available roof rails
● Eight available exterior colors: New Pacific Sunset, plus Java Metallic, Magnetic Black,
Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red, Artic Blue Metallic and Pearl White
Engine and Driveline
● Responsive 3.5liter 24valve DOHC V6 producing 260 horsepower and 240 lbft of
● Xtronic transmission with sporty response and smoothness
● Available in frontwheel drive or Intuitive AllWheel Drive system
Suspension, Steering and Braking
● Nissan "D" platform
● Lightweight 4wheel independent suspension (independent strut front, multilink rear)
● Powerassisted rackandpinion steering
● 4wheel vented disc brakes with Antilock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist and
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
● Standard 18inch machined aluminumalloy wheels with 235/65R18 tires
● Available 20inch machined aluminum alloy wheels with titanium finish, 235/55R20 tires
● Comfortable, premium social lounge interior that encourages communication between
front and rear occupants
● Spacious open cabin with high quality upscale materials
● Wide, gracefully flowing instrument panel with low height for enhanced forward visibility
● Enhanced instrument panel operational simplicity with a 60 percent reduction in the
number of audio and navigation switches (versus previous generation Murano)
● Standard customizable 7.0inch Advanced DriveAssist™ Display
● Available 8.0inch multitouch control display
● DualZone Temperature Control with front and rear vents
● Nextgeneration NASAinspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats that help
support a neutral posture (versus tradition seat design)
● Available 8way power driver's/4way power front passenger's seat with 2way power
● Available leatherappointed seats and steering wheel
● Available Quick Comfort™ seat heaters (front and rear)
● Available climatecontrolled front seats (heating and cooling)
● Available heated steering wheel with memory
● 6040 split foldflat rear seats with standard remote folding and available power folding
● Rear seat smartphone storage and USB IT integration
● Wide rear cargo area
● SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
● Available Bose® audio system with 11 speakers (including dual subwoofers)
● Adjustable advanced lighting system
● RearView Monitor
● Available Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD)
● Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry with Push Button Ignition
● NissanConnectSM smartphone integration with handsfree text messaging, Streaming
Audio via Bluetooth®, Integrated iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® Handsfree Phone
● NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps
● Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation system featuring SiriusXM Traffic and
SiriusXM Travel Link (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), 8.0inch color
multitouch control display, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio
● Available Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control from key fob
● Three available interior colors: Cashmere, Graphite and Mocha
● Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dualstage supplemental front air bags
with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
● Frontseat mounted sideimpact supplemental air bags and roofmounted curtain
sideimpact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear outboard
occupant head protection
● Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
● Driver supplemental knee air bag
● Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
● Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and EasyFill Tire Alert
● Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
● Available Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward
Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Collision Avoidance, Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
Models and Manufacturing
● Offered in eight wellequipped models: S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD,
SL AWD, Platinum FWD and Platinum AWD
● Assembled in Canton, Mississippi
2015 Nissan Murano Key Dimensions And
Vehicle: 5passenger crossover with breathtaking design, premium
interior and purposeful technology
Drive Configuration: Frontwheel drive or allwheel drive
Engine: 3.5liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lbft torque
Valvetrain: 4 valves per cylinder w/ Continuously Variable valve Timing
Control System (CVTCS)
Induction System: Nissan Induction Control System (NICS)
Bore x Stroke (mm): 95.5 x 81.4
Spark Plugs: Doubletipped platinum with chrome finishers
Engine Mounts: 6point
Recommended Fuel: Unleaded regular
Emissions Certification: Tier2Bin5 (EPA)/LEV3ULEV70 (CARB)
Exhaust: Dual tailpipes with finishers
EPA Fuel Economy: Not available at this time
Legroom – front/rear: 40.5/38.7 inches
Hip room – front/rear: 55.4/55.2 inches
Shoulder room –
Exterior Features: Futuristic crossover design showcasing new Nissan design
direction with distinctive signature features – VMotion front
design, boomerangshaped headlights and taillights, and
floating roof appearance. Available LED headlights, Power
Panoramic Moonroof, standard LED Daytime Running Lights
and LED taillights.
Interior Features: Spacious, upscale social lounge interior design, customizable
advanced lighting system, refined instrument panel design, with
graceful flow, NASAinspired Zero Gravity front and rear
outboard seats, rear seat USB port, available leatherappointed
seats with highspeed heating, Advanced DriveAssist™
Display with 7.0inch display, 8.0inch multitouch control
screen, available NissanConnectSM
with Navigation and Mobile
Apps, SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link and more
(SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).