2014 NYIAS Preview: 2015 Nissan Murano

Nissan will be debuting the 2015 Nissan Murano and the 2015 Nissan Versa at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday.

The Murano crossover has been redesigned making it almost the same as the Resonance Concept shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show. Its exterior features: pronounced body-side creases, a backward-sloping “floating” roof, a low-angled front windshield, boomerang head and taillights, and a rear spoiler. Its interior is also getting an upgrade with additional safety features such as turn-by-turn navigation and a predictive forward collision system first developed by Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury arm. The system will be able to respond to traffic activity at least two cars ahead.

The redesign is bold for the Japanese automaker. Most design concepts displayed in a concept car are toned down before being incorporated into the production model. Nissan is taking a different approach.

“Concept cars have historically been used to attract crowds to a manufacturer’s display at auto shows, so the people will stay and look at the production vehicles,” Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s global design chief, said in a statement. “At Nissan, we’re different. We use concepts to explore new design standards with an eye toward bringing them from show stands to showrooms.”

The redesign is aimed to position the Murano as a more refined crossover in order to bolster sales among its segment, which has seen increased competition from other manufacturers who offer more value often a lower prize or more size.

The 2015 Versa sedan features improvements to the front and rear fascias, interior and packaging upgrades. Changes to front include larger lights, increased chrome plating, a new fog light design and new side mirrors for the SV and SL trims. Inside, the Versa features an all-new white LED display, a new steering wheel, and Bluetooth standard.

Engine output is the same as the previous year with a 1.6-liter engine with either a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic or CVT capable to delivering 109 hp with 107 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is 30 mpg city, 40 highway with the CVT.

The car will go on sale next week after its debut on Wednesday starting at the low price of $12,800.

Nissan’s press conference begins Wednesday April 16 at 12:25 PM EST. Stay tuned for all updates and debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show.