Nissan Resonance Concept Previews Future Murano

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • Nissan Resonance Concept Picture

    Nissan Resonance Concept Picture

    Nissan Resonance Concept. | January 14, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Nissan Resonance Concept, a hybrid squarely aimed at fashionistas, may preview the next-generation Nissan Murano.
  • The all-wheel-drive Resonance Concept was unveiled on Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • "This design is not meant to appeal to traditional two-box SUV shoppers, but rather to those whose fashion and design choices make a statement," said Nissan.

DETROIT — The Nissan Resonance Concept, a hybrid squarely aimed at fashionistas, may preview the next-generation Nissan Murano.

The all-wheel-drive Resonance Concept was unveiled on Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The concept is all creases and folds and looks like its designers were inspired by origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes.

"This design is not meant to appeal to traditional two-box SUV shoppers, but rather to those whose fashion and design choices make a statement," said Nissan.

The Resonance Concept takes aim at such crossover mainstays as the Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota Venza. The Nissan concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego.

Design elements of the Resonance Concept include boomerang-shaped headlights, a "floating" roof and what Nissan calls a "kick-up shape" around the D-pillar. The concept gets a Flare Orange exterior paint treatment, along with a tinted acrylic grille and 22-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The cabin gets sequential "welcome" lighting. Nissan said the cabin's technology is "graphically layered to give a holographic experience."

The Resonance Concept is a hybrid-electric vehicle equipped with a traditional gasoline engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It also gets Nissan's next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT). Powertrain specifications were not disclosed.

Edmunds says: If the Nissan Resonance Concept is any indication, the next battle in the crossover segment may be waged over design.

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