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Nissan concept suggests next SUV

By Frederick Olson, Automotive Contributor
Published On: Jan 15 2013 08:43:00 AM CST

Image: Nissan

DETROIT -

Nissan showed off some ideas for its next SUVs Tuesday at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Those ideas came in the shape of the new Resonance Concept.  The concept SUV is roughly the same size as Nissan’s Murano SUV, which is due for a redesign in 2014, and Nissan leaders say you can expect to see a lot of the Resonance styling in future Nissan SUVs.

Up front, the SUV has boomerang-shaped headlights similar to those seen on other recent Nissan cars.  Moving back, the blacked-out pillars help the roof look like it's floating above the greenhouse.

The rear of the SUV is sharply tapered and features boomerang-shaped taillights that echo the shape of the headlights.

Inside, the car is all concept, with a giant touch screen in the center console.  Wood and leather covers pretty much every surface, and the roof is glass, giving the five people inside a panoramic view.

"This design is not meant to appeal to traditional two-box SUV shoppers, but rather to those whose fashion and design choices make a statement. For Nissan, this concept makes our statement about the future of this segment," said Francois Bancon, Nissan’s general manager of product strategy and planning.

Powering the Resonance is a hybrid system combining a 2.5 liter engine with an electric motor.

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