It’s time for everyone’s favorite game: Guess the Camo Car. This time, we have a challenging one courtesy of 57sweptside, the same reader who sent us amazing camouflaged pictures of the Nismo Z before everyone was supposed to see it. What makes it challenging? Well, it’s a crossover of some sort, the most popular sort of car in America that isn’t a truck. Oh, and it’s shaped like a bean, which describes an awful lot of them. However, I have a hunch that this could be the next Nissan Murano.
So what makes me think this Michigan manufacturer-plate-equipped Zebra is a Nissan? Well, the styling language is very similar to what we’ve already seen on the Ariya. Just look at the sweep of the trim above the greenhouse, the cloaked silhouette of the grille, and the taillight signature. However, there are a few good reasons why this probably isn’t an Infiniti version of the Nissan Ariya.
First up, take a look at those exhaust tips. While it isn’t difficult to fake an exhaust system, turn-downs have some precedent on current Nissan crossovers. Secondly, changing the front door glazing to include a fixed quarter light would be major glazing changes are unlikely given Infinti’s recent product history. Thirdly, the Ariya’s quarter window-like trim is fugazi, it’s just black trim that leads to nowhere. However, it’s clearly glazing on this vehicle because we can see through it. Finally, nothing on the front end is close to Infiniti’s current down-the-road graphic, but it does echo the language of future Nissan products.
Next, let’s look at what’s due for replacement. The Rogue was fresh in 2020 and won’t be going anywhere soon, and the Pathfinder was also recently revamped. The Kicks is getting a replacement, but the scale of this vehicle is far too large to be Nissan’s new baby crossover. The Murano? Well, that thing is going on ten years in its current form, and it uses a whole bunch of outdated technology that Nissan’s likely keen to replace. It’s the last thing Nissan sells with a VQ35DE, for Pete’s sake. Could this mystery vehicle be the next Nissan Murano? It’s a bit early to say for sure, but I’m certainly not saying it’s not the next Murano. In any case, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out for sure within the next 12 months.
If you happen to see a camouflaged car in the wild, feel free to snap pictures of it and send them in. Our tips line is always open, and we’re always willing to lend an extra set of eyes. For now, hats off to 57sweptside for capturing photos of a rare and elusive beast.
(Photo credits: 57sweptside)
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