06 February 2013

Nissan’s Resonance Concept is one bold glimpse of the next-gen Murano

Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
 
resonance mainConcept cars are hints of what car manufacturers may have in store for the next few years. They’re styled to thrill and, sometimes, tickle our imagination. This is also the best medium to showcase their latest tech. And the latest to turn our heads and tickle our senses is Nissan's Resonance Concept, which will be the basis of the next-generation Murano.
 
Penned by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California, the Resonance Concept is a futuristic take on what an SUV should be - one with particularly lot of curves. The use of the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, full glass roof panel, and almost invisible B-, C-, and D-pillars give the illusion of a “floating” roof that is something out of the ordinary. Its designers then furnished this concept with something they call “V-Motion,” which is why the large front grill, headlights, and tail lights are all v-shaped. This is something we've previously seen on the 370Z. The almost non-existent side mirrors and 22-inch origami-looking wheels are also worth noting.
 
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Apart from an oozing body, Nissan likewise pushed the limits on the Resonance’s cabin. Beautiful white leather wraps dashboard, steering wheel, and the sculpted seats that seem to have been borrowed from NASA's Space Shuttle. There are also silver accents and wood trim scattered throughout the interior for added contrast. But what really floats our boat is the blue holographic center stack display and instrument cluster - an idea they probably got from the Starship Enterprise.
 
The Resonance Concept is powered by their proprietary “one-motor, two-clutch” system that combines a smaller engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. They, however, didn't disclose any specifics relating to displacement or power figures on this environment-friendly mil. All they said was that they'll be offering a hybrid option in the upcoming Murano. As for the gearbox, the Resonance Concept will come with the next-generation Xtronic Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) that promises a smooth and responsive drive.
 
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The Resonance Concept is just a slice of the good things to come from Nissan. And according to the Japanese automaker, other crossovers will follow in the same hymn in the near future. Yes, we'll be seeing more of this futuristic theme in other models, and we’re glad about where they’re heading. Exciting as it may be, we still have to wait a year or two for the real thing.