Nissan global design chief Shiro Nakamura has made a pledge that within two years, we will be surprised with the designs of the next versions of the Nissan Maxima sedan and Murano crossover. When interviewed by Automotive News, Nakamura said that the first Murano in 2002 had stunned people. Nissan’s inspiration this time is the third-generation Murano from the Terra Concept.
The Terra is set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show. It is a wild fuel-cell concept car with a ground clearance that has been elevated, a chopped roofline, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. This striking vehicle won’t ever be offered in showrooms. Several of its styling features give us a preview of the new Murano’s design.
A new version of the Nissan Murano is scheduled to make its debut in 2014. At this time, it will transfer the production of U.S.-spec versions from Japan to Tennessee. Nissan will be able to raise profits if it builds the model in the U.S. rather than if it’s exported from Japan. The first Nissan Murano will make its debut in 2002 while a new version will be presented in 2009.
Nakamura also said that the next Maxima sedan will have an appearance that’s much more appealing. By 2014 or 2015, a new Maxima will be presented. It will weigh less than the existing model as well as offering more fuel economy.
Nissan started selling the current model in 2009. Nakamura added that the market has become fiercely competitive in this segment. This isn’t the first time that Nissan over-promised its designs. In 2009, Nissan said that the Maxima would get back to being sporty and will be available with a bold four-door coupe design.
The new premium crossover Nissan Murano has been upgraded and is now more luxurious than ever. It debuts interior updates, tail light revisions, newly designed allow wheel, as well as changes to the instrumentation to enhance Nissan’s flagship model known for the best comfort and style.
Majority of its changes are in the interior such as the improved sophisticated white lighting and revised lettering style in the instrument dials. The center stack is also well enhanced and finished with the same color as the entire dashboard.
The remarkable change is the pleated stitching in the leather parts of the door panels as well as the leather seats. The DVD screen in the rear compartment has also been replaced by two separated screens connected at the back of the headrests in the front seats.
For the external charges, the tail lights have been replaced with strong visual link lamps from Qashqai with clear arrowhead lens outside the red lens. The models also now come in two metallic body colors of Graphite Blue and Pearl White while the five twin-spoke design on its 20-inch wheel was not changed.