The first-generation Nissan Murano made its debut for the 2003 model year, while the latest third-gen Murano was revealed for the 2014 model year. Now, however, there’s a new generation just over the horizon, and GM Authority has a fresh set of spy photos revealing what’s in store. Once again slotting into the midsize crossover segment, the next-gen 2025 Nissan Murano will launch as a rival to the Chevy Blazer.
The 2025 Nissan Murano prototype you see here was caught testing the Metro Detroit area, and is covered in swirling black-and-white camouflage. Although the future of the Nissan Murano nameplate was previously somewhat in doubt, new intel received in July indicates that the Japanese brand is indeed working on a fourth generation, as confirmed by these new spy photos.
In terms of exterior styling, the next-gen 2025 Nissan Murano is expected to take its cues from the all-electric Nissan Ariya compact crossover, as initially reported by our sister publication, Motrolix.com. Making its debut for the 2023 model year, the Ariya is Nissan’s very first all-electric SUV, and although the new Murano is expected to continue to offer internal combustion under the hood, the Ariya-style exterior design cues are more than apparent from these new photos.
Under the new skin, the 2025 Nissan Murano will likely ride on Nissan’s D-platform, the same platform utilized by the Infiniti QX60 and the upcoming QX65. That said, the platform is expected to receive a few updates by the time it slots in underneath the next-gen crossover.
As for the powertrain, look for the 2025 Nissan Murano to cradle Nissan’s VQ-series 3.5L V6 gasoline engine. The V6 will likely mate to the new ZF nine-speed automatic transmission that handles cog swaps in a few other Nissan products, such as the Pathfinder and the Frontier.
With regard to timing, we expect the next-generation 2025 Nissan Murano to hit production sometime around Q3 of the 2024 calendar year.