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Nissan Resonance Concept Hints at Next Murano, New Hybrid Tech

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When the first generation Nissan Murano arrived in showrooms in 2004, it was a game-changer in crossover design and inspired imitators. Recently, Nissan’s design chief Shiro Nakamura promised that the design of the next-generation Murano design would be just as stunning as the original. Based on the automaker’s latest concept, Nakamura was telling the truth.

This week, showed off the all-new Resonance Concept, which is believed to be the forbearer to the next Murano, which will arrive in showrooms in 2014. Curvy, edgy, and futuristic looking, the Resonance is said to borrow inspiration from the futuristic allure of hypersonic travel. Maxima-like headlights, Juke taillights, and a grille similar to the new Pathfinder’s, shows that the Resonance would still fit-in to the current lineup while still adding some fresh styling. A full-length glass roof and 22-inch wheels add to the concept’s futuristic and rather sporty look.

“The Resonance concept leads Nissan into a new ‘innovation era’ of smart design and smart technology, ensuring that Nissan will continue its global crossover design leadership for many years to come,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, hinting at the concept’s inevitable impact on the lineup.

Powering the concept is a hybrid electric drivetrain featuring Nissan’s proprietary “one-motor, two-clutch” system, which combines a smaller displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric motor/lithium-ion battery and advanced management system. Power is sent to all four wheels.

Although Nissan hasn’t said that the Resonance is officially a preview of the  next-generation U.S.-built Murano, it’s expected that many of the concept’s design cues will show up on the revamped crossover when it arrives in 2014.

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