Nissan confirms new Murano due at Geneva

Nissan recently released their plans for this year’s Geneva Auto Show next month. While showcasing the automaker’s current lineup, as well as some of their latest concepts, Nissan confirmed to be bringing what could be the new Murano as well. Their press release speaks of a new “member of Nissan’s rejuvenated crossover family.” Considering all of the circumstances, hints all point to the next generation midsized crossover.

As with the current and outgoing Murano, the new model will be based on the Altima’s platform and should retain the same physical dimensions. Expect Nissan’s ubiquitous 3.5L V6 mated to CVT, while a hybrid version is in the rumormill, sharing tech with the current Pathfinder Hybrid.

Check out the press release after the jump.

Completely refreshed crossover line-up shown together for the first time

  • All-new X-Trail sets new standards in the C-SUV segment thanks to crossover DNA
  • All-new Qashqai introduces a new era of crossover design
  • Plus, next member of Nissan’s rejuvenated crossover family to debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Nissan showcases its model diversity and engineering passion

  • Striking BladeGlider concept makes European show debut
  • Zero-emissions e-NV200 debuts in full production form
  • GT-R Nismo – fastest ever Nissan production car – makes European debut

Nissan continues towards goal of being number one Asian brand in the region

  • Strong demand for European built, class-leading models
  • Production ramping up at Nissan plants in both UK and Spain

ROLLE, Switzerland (21st February, 2014). Nissan’s command of the crossover segment is further reinforced at the 84th Geneva Motor Show with the brand’s unrivalled crossover family taking centre stage. The all-new X-Trail and all-new Qashqai highlight Nissan’s ongoing crossover development, which will be strengthened by the arrival of another next generation model in Geneva.

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show also showcases Nissan’s diverse innovation. From the world debut of the zero-emissions e-NV200 to the European premiere of the GT-R Nismo, Nissan is demonstrating its unrivalled passion for design, engineering and innovation.

Corporate update

Record levels of demand for its advanced and technologically innovative products, plus a raft of new or revised vehicles, means that Nissan will build more cars, crossovers and light commercial vehicles than ever at its European plants in 2014. Existing high levels of demand for class-leading vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai and the all-electric Nissan LEAF, and a significant second all-electric vehicle, e-NV200, means that Nissan will be using even more of the production capacity at its plants in the UK, Spain and Russia. And there’s more to come.  The significance of Nissan’s European manufacturing plants cannot be underestimated: last year, some 80 percent of all Nissan vehicles sold in Europe were built in Europe. In the 30 years since manufacturing began in the region, Europe has built more than 10 million Nissan vehicles.

New X-Trail

Now fully integrated into Nissan’s crossover range, the all-new X-Trail combines advanced 4×4 capabilities with a host of design and engineering features that have become hallmarks of Nissan crossovers. The new model also introduces a number of innovative new-to-sector technologies such as bi-LED headlamps, Nissan Safety Shield and a fully-integrated third-generation NissanConnect navigation and infotainment system.

Built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family platform, the all-new X-Trail also offers significantly improved practicality, with a new ‘theatre-style’ seating layout, sliding second row of seats and fully-integrated third row of seats with improved leg and headroom.

As a result of this complete redesign and re-engineering process, the new X-Trail completes what is the most comprehensive and capable SUV crossover line-ups in the industry.

e-NV200 production premiere 

Nissan is set to continue its dominance of the electric vehicle sector with the introduction of the e-NV200 which brings unprecedented refinement, with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs. Combining the best elements of two multi-award winning vehicles – Nissan LEAF and Nissan NV200, past World Car of the Year and International Van of the Year respectively – e-NV200 is ready to change the face of the city.

The e-NV200’s high performance pure electric drivetrain, based on that used in the acclaimed Nissan LEAF, is allied to the class-leading cargo volume of the NV200 to create a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods while producing neither exhaust emissions nor noise pollution. When sales start in May, e-NV200 will be available as a van or as a five-seat people carrier in Combi or more luxurious Evalia guises. Although mainly targeted at businesses, e-NV200 will also appeal to private users with large families.

GT-R Nismo

Making its European debut in production form, the mighty Nissan GT-R Nismo is the fastest and most advanced Nissan performance production car ever. Honed to perfection on the legendary Nürburgring Norsdschleife – where it holds the lap record for a volume production car – the new GT-R Nismo perfectly embodies the spirit of the Nismo brand, delivering breathtaking performance.

The new GT-R Nismo is powered by a 600PS, 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that has been extensively modified by Nismo engineers. Combined with a revised aerodynamic package that generates an additional 100kg of downforce and a bespoke suspension set-up fine-tuned in Europe, it makes the latest GT-R the most remarkable to date.

Nissan BladeGlider concept 

Shown to a European audience for the first time at Geneva, the bold new BladeGlider concept challenges conventional thinking on performance car design. Inspired by Nissan’s innovative ZEOD RC Zero Emission on Demand race car – set to take part in the 2014 Le Mans 24hr race under the event’s ‘Garage 56′ rules – the BladeGlider features radical narrow front-track design layout that creates a distinctive swept-wing shape when viewed from above. Featuring perfect weight distribution thanks to the placement of the lithium ion batteries and in-board motors between the rear wheels, the BladeGlider optimises power delivery with significantly reduced stresses at the front of the vehicle.

New Qashqai

Celebrating one of the most successful launches in Nissan history, the all-new Qashqai is set to be a major draw at the Geneva Motor Show. Ushering in a new era in crossover design, the second-generation model has attracted unprecedented interest from motorists and the world’s press. With production now fully underway at Nissan’s record-breaking Sunderland (UK) plant, the new Qashqai demonstrates Nissan’s leadership in the crossover sector with numerous sector-first technologies and a host of innovative and practical design features. These include Nissan Safety Shield – a suite of safety systems that combine to deliver one of the most comprehensive protection packages in the industry – and the latest NissanConnect system with full smartphone integration.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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