2014 NYIAS Unveiled: 2015 Nissan Murano

Nissan debuted the 2015 Nissan Murano and the 2015 Nissan Versa at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) today.

The Murano crossover received a complete redesign with its essence coming from the Resonance Concept shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This redesign struck many on the showroom floor as a bold aggressive move by the Japanese automaker.

The Murano’s exterior features pronounced body-side creases, a backward-sloping “floating” roof, a low-angled front windshield, boomerang head and taillights, and a rear spoiler. Early reports state that these bold design choices (i.e., the bends and curves of the body panels) can really only be seen and appreciated in-person.

The interior also received a slight upgrade with additional safety features, such as turn-by-turn navigation and Nissan’s “Predictive Forward Collision Warning” system. With this system in place, the Murano will be able to respond to traffic activity at least two cars ahead.

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 for a lower price or more size.

The Sport Sedan Concept, also featuring Nissan’s new design philosophy, was also on display. Debuting earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, the Sports Sedan Concept is said to be the design inspiration for the upcoming Maxima models.

Revealed but overshadowed by its radical cousin, the 2015 Versa features improvements to the front and rear fascias, interior and packaging upgrades. Changes to front include larger lights, more 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 a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic or CVT capable of delivering 109 horsepower with 107 pound-foot of torque. Fuel economy is 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway with the CVT.

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

The Driving Life provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at all manufacturer debuts at the 2014 NYIAS. Stay tuned as we bring you everything from the Jacob K. Javits Center.