Nissan is offering a glimpse at its future crossover models at the Detroit motor show with a new concept car called Resonance.

The Nissan Resonance, designed by the firm’s Californian design studio, is said by insiders to be 70 per cent representative of the next-generation Murano next year, with some of the more exaggerated details set to be toned down rather than the basic shape to be changed drastically.

The 4840mm-long Resonance also has features, including its front grille and ‘boomerang’ headlights, that will carryover to the next Qashqai, which is also due in 2014.

Nissan boss Andy Palmer believes Nissan is once again redefining crossovers, as it did with the Qashqai. “We want to maintain our global leadership in crossover sales, and this concept showcases our plans to redefine the sector again.

“We want cars for people with an optimistic outlook and this edgy yet sophisticated design inside and out delivers that. It is confident and expressive, and that defines our crossover philosophy.”

Nissan points out the Flare Orange-coloured concept’s ‘floating roof’ as one of its more striking features, a full-length glass roof supported by sharply raked A-pillars and softer D-pillars.

Nissan has turned to space travel for inspiration for the concept’s interior, imagining how first-class space travel might look. Light, hand-stitched leathers feature alongside wood and metal trim. The centre console is dominated by a large integrated touchscreen that controls all of the car’s major functions.

The all-wheel-drive Resonance is powered by a petrol-electric hybrid system that includes Nissan’s next-generation CVT. The drivetrain mates a 2.5-litre petrol engine to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.