Since the introduction of the third-generation design for the last model year, the Nissan Murano has experienced record sales – up 30 percent through the first 11 months of calendar year 2015 – thanks to its concept car-like styling, premium interior and advanced, purposeful technology. For 2016, Murano remains virtually unchanged.
Like the original Murano, the latest version is a highly sculptural, highly emotional design – one that stands out in a field known more for uniformity and utility-based styling.
Working to capture the breathtaking spirit and artistry of the first Murano, the designers began by concentrating on the vehicle’s sculptural qualities. Breaking the usual order of sketching, computer renderings and then clay modeling, the Murano team started working with small three-dimensional clay forms – literally exploring organic shapes and volumes with mini desktop sculptures. The process helped narrow down a new Nissan design direction focused on lightness and efficiency.