After bailing from the Detroit auto show for three years, Nissan was back in 2012 and returns again in 2013. This year’s mega display even promises to waft soft music and, get this, a brand-specific fragrance throughout the stand. Prominent on that stage will be the Resonance concept, said to be an “envelope-pushing crossover” with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Scuttlebutt has it that the Resonance will preview the next-generation Murano, which looks largely the same now as it did when it was launched just more than a decade ago. Just what the concept means for Nissan should become more transparent when the sheet is pulled off the Resonance next week in Detroit.

By John Lamm