The 2015 Nissan Murano Styling Could Have Been Much More Conservative

June 26th, 2014 by

2015 Nissan MuranoWhen the redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano debuted earlier this year at the 2014 New York Auto Show, critics were blown away by its edgy new styling. Autoblog.com even gave it an Editors’ Choice award for its aggressive new look. From the floating roof design to the aggressive front end and sloping roof, the Murano is an evolution of crossover styling. There was a chance, though, that this car could have been a lot more conservative.

Deciding on a Design

When the Nissan Murano entered into its second generation, Nissan refined the design of the first generation without altering it drastically. This made sense because then crossover utility vehicles were still an emerging trend. Four years ago, when Nissan began thinking about redesigning the Murano, Chris Reed, who is the chief vehicle engineer at the Nissan Technical Center of North America, thought it was “time to reinvent the Murano (and) really push the limit.”

Reed was sent to Japan to start collaborating on the Murano. He took with him this idea for a design using more complex shapes from the Nissan San Diego design studio, but Japanese designers had their own plan. There’s was more conservative in order to make production easier for engineers.

Due to his status as an outsider from Nissan Japan, Reed was able to forcefully express his opinion. While there were some skeptics that this design could be done successfully, Reed was able to gather Nissan experts from Japan, fly them out to San Diego, and hammer out the process.

The 2015 Nissan Murano is Coming Soon to Knight Nissan

The redesigned Murano will be available starting this fall at Knight Nissan. While all the details haven’t been revealed just yet, the model promises improved fuel economy and new features in addition to the forward-thinking design. In the meantime, we still carry the 2014 Nissan Murano if you’re in the market right now for a spacious and versatile crossover.