Nissan has released concept pictures of its all-new 2003 Murano SUV, which makes its first public appearance at the New York International Auto Show on March 30.

The new model features a large, comfortable and highly functional interior with numerous storage compartments, including a large centre console with room for a laptop computer or purse, a standard information centre monitor, sculpted front and rear seats with rear seat recliners, aluminum trim and a lightweight rear hatch for easier opening and closing.

The name Murano comes from the islands in the Venetian lagoon noted for their elegantly sculpted glassware.