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Nissan Resonance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Looks like: Nissan’s most dramatic design since the Juke
  • Defining characteristics: Boomerang headlights, nifty 3-D center console screen
  • Ridiculous features: Nifty 3-D center console screen, 22-inch wheels
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Good chance this is the direction for the next Murano

Nissan’s Murano has long been one of the more aggressively styled crossovers on the market, but it’s time for a refresh. Along comes the Nissan Resonance concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Featuring what the company calls “V-Motion” styling, Nissan says its designers were inspired “by the future allure of hypersonic travel.” The Resonance employs significant airflow management to boost its fuel economy, an important factor for this concept CUV because it’s also a hybrid. But don’t expect the stars to streak by your windshield.

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Under the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated up to a hybrid-electric drive system, according to Nissan. It employs a single motor and dual clutches to allow for all-wheel drive, and the transmission is Nissan’s next-generation Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. The Resonance is slightly larger than the Murano, featuring a wheelbase that’s 2 inches longer, which should allow for more legroom for passengers.

The interior is pure concept car – a multilayered “holographic” center console displays controls and readouts in futuristic fashion. While it’s definitely cool to behold, it stands little chance of making it to production.

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