First look at Nissan's futuristic crossover SUV

Revealed this week at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show, the Nissan Resonance could effectively prove to be the successor to the Munaro, Nissan’s last mid-size crossover SUV which is no longer on sale in the UK.

In comparison to the Munaro the Resonance has a much sleeker appearance, an almost coupe-like bodyshell in fact, although the car itself will be noticeably larger than a typical coupe model.

A lot of the styling cues found on the Resonance will likely be carried over to the final production model which will likely result in a trendy but all-together imposing will model.

Certain styling features could also be applied to future generation models of different-sized SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan Juke.

Some of the highlights of the Resonance’s styling include the boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights and the front grille with a U-shaped Satin Chrome accent. Inside the Resonance also boasts a ‘VIP Lounge’ interior design with a graphically layered instrument panel screen, sculpted door panels and centre console and leather seats.

Underneath the Resonance has a four-wheel drive petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. More specifically the Nissan concept combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid power unit is mixed with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Exact performance figures have not been disclosed, but such a powertrain should keep CO2 emissions and the fuel economy figures to impressive standards, massively reducing running costs.

Other driving features designed to improve efficiency and handling includes the energy-recovering regenerative brakes, plus the sophisticated and lightweight four-wheel independent suspension set-up.

A production version of the Nissan Resonance could enter the UK market during 2014. Both it and future Nissan models inspired by it will be available from Perrys Nissan Dealerships located in Blackburn.