(Photos by Keith Griffin) The big news for the 2015 Nissan Murano — which debuted at the Miami Auto Show — isn’t necessarily about the product itself, but where it’s produced. Nissan is building the new crossover at a facility in Canton, Mississippi that employs 900 Nissan employees and another 400 suppliers.
It’s the first time that the Murano will be built in the United States. Up to this point, the popular crossover was produced in Kyushu, Japan for US consumption, and in St. Petersburg, Russia and Tehran, Iran for worldwide markets.
Now, much of that production is moving to Mississippi, with opportunities for the US plant to build Muranos for as many as 100 markets around the world.
The 2015 Nissan Murano is updated with a new Power Panoramic Moonroof which extends to both front and rear seat passengers. Large glass panels, redesigned A-pillars and a triangular black D-pillars allows for a “floating roof” design. Exterior revisions resulted in a slick 0.31 drag coefficient.
The Murano also features “NASA-inspired” (though not NASA-designed, the media site is careful to point out) “Zero Gravity” seats for front and rear outboard passengers. The interior is also a “social lounge,” according to the material, with a low, wide console that “encourages conversation” between front and rear passengers. Probably makes whacking the kids in the back seat easier, too.