Nissan has upped the ante in the concept category with its stunning Resonance hybrid, which this week won the Eyes on Design award for Best Concept Vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company’s data sheets on the car refer to the interior as a “VIP lounge,” which it certainly appears to be, exuding celestial brightness and spatially expansive ambiance.
What many consider a hint of what the Murano will become, Nissan’s Resonance features a design that is based on a supersonic look and features carbon fiber components. For a quick overview of the flashy concept, see the video clip below. A hybrid powertrain is part of the mix, of course, as is a stunningly space-age interior, decked with white upholstery, complementary dash elements, and plenty of airy lightness. Nissan says this is what upscale space travel might be like. Of Detroit’s batch of concepts this year, the Resonance stands out.
Will the next Murano borrow heavily from this over-the-top concept? Let’s hope so, because the Resonance is a successful concept by any measure. Nissan’s senior VP and chief creative exec, Shiro Nakamura, headed up the team that produced the award-winning hybrid concept vehicle. A four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine, coupled with an electric motor, makes for a fuel-efficient, futuristic vehicle that is one of the most groundbreaking concepts to arrive in Detroit this year.
If the next generation Murano looks anything like the Resonance, it will break new ground in the crossover niche, and might influence other carmakers to incorporate flashy, space-age design elements into their own plans. The carbon fiber wheels and glass roof are but two touches that help the Resonance resonate with auto journalists and fans.
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