Few Murano’s roam about Jutland. I’ve always liked this car even if I am not a fan of softroaders.
The Murano shows what we might call Japanese design rationalism although the designers did their work in California. The bit we ought to notice is the very intelligent shutline management of the tailgate, rear lamps and rear quarter panel. The tailgate is oversized so as to eliminate the need for the roof panel to join to the C-pillar.
Thus the rear quarter panel welds can be hidden under the adjoining parts. The graphics of the shutlines coordinate entirely consistently with the sculpture. All in all, the whole comes across as very unified and yet the car is distinctively characterful so it doesn’t merely ape the simple forms of, say, an Audi TT which pursues a similar agenda.
The door shutline above the shoulder parallels that of the tailgate. The front and rear lamps work on their own but also as part of the forms they are adjacent to. In particular, the grille and front lamps make a unified whole, with neither dominant but individually they also have a completeness to them. If the Citroen C5 had lamps like this it would have been a different car (I mean better).
Alas, this appalling binnacle mars the fine Star Trek interior. Conceived as a clamshell unit, a nasty part split runs around the outermost edge (the vertical split where the front and back part meet) and the join wobbles plainly. The metallic front plate doesn’t meet tidily with the dark rear part. It stands entirely out of keeping with the rest of the interior which I call first-rate.