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Nissan bets on great design, intuitive technology and the thrill

Concept styling stays true to form with the 2015 Nissan Murano at the Chicago Auto Show.

These days, what you see is likely what you’ll get from automakers’ concept cars on display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Smart thinking, considering many show-goers will fall hard for studio samples seen at this year’s event and look forward to the day manufacturers bring a mirror image model to production for purchase.

But some show patrons’ dreams and best intentions will be lost to a brand’s slow concept-to-production development.

Japanese automaker Nissan turns the look of the future around in less than 24 months from their Resonance Concept seen on the 2013 auto show circuit to the production 2015 Nissan Murano.

Inside and out, the third-generation Murano delivers on the Resonance promise with a near matching crossover vehicle that is available today in Murano S trim priced at $31,160.

The SV, SL and Platinum models complete the 2015 Nissan Murano lineup.

Nissan’s concept design is carried forward on the mid-size Murano with a V-shaped grille and large boomerang-style halogen projector headlamps.

Swaled sheet metal flows across Murano’s entire body with a concept-inspired ‘floating roof’. The illusion is cleverly created with dark tinted side and back glass and black painted rear roof pillar.

Out back, a chiseled rear fascia seamlessly integrates boomerang-shaped LED tail lights into the rear liftgate for a balanced illuminating design front to back.

Staying true to form, inverted V-Motion bodywork also accentuates the rear hatch door.

Standard 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels along with chrome door handles, window trim and rocker panels add bright highlights to Murano’s profile.

SOCIAL SETTING

Nissan clones the Resonance Concept interior to a near perfect match for the 2015 Nissan Murano with a social lounge theme that is extremely inviting.

Plush soft-touch surfaces completely surround five occupants in dual rows – each enjoying Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” seats inspired from NASA for excellent support from perfectly placed contours.

Space is a big throughout Murano’s cabin with generous hip, shoulder, head and legroom that accommodates adults over six-feet tall. An available moonroof is among the largest in the segment.

Murano’s interior fit and finish is superb with standard cloth upholstery that has the look and feel of suede. Leather seats come with upper trim levels.

Cargo volume starts with 39.6 cubic feet behind the second row to a maximum 69.9 cu-ft when folded down.

Up front, the 2015 Murano arrives with a high-resolution 7-inch cluster between the driver gauges while a new 8-inch screen on the center stack manages infotainment, camera and navigation operations.

Nissan’s Around View Monitor system, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection and forward collision warning that anticipates travel movement from two vehicles ahead are popular Murano features.

The front-drive 2015 Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that provides 260 horsepower. All-wheel drive adds $1600 to the bottom line.

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