Nissan creates an unconventional convertible

Take a sexy coupe or sporty sedan and subtract the roof and you get open air fun, but what happens to the equation when you substitute a crossover utility vehicle?

Nissan beheads a crossover to create the Murano CrossCabriolet.
Nissan beheads a crossover to create the Murano CrossCabriolet. Nissan

Take a sexy coupe or sporty sedan and subtract the roof and you get open-air fun, but what happens to the equation when you substitute a crossover utility vehicle? Nissan aims to find out the answer when it unveils the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 LA Auto Show. The automaker previewed a shadowy photo of the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible on its official Facebook page.

Nissan started with its Murano crossover and peeled back the roof to create the segment-stretching CrossCabriolet. The convertible seats four, supposedly retains space for luggage (Nissan claims it can haul golf bags with the top down), and should maintain its high crossover seating position. Power is transmitted through all four wheels and we expect that the same 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that motivates the fixed roof Murano lives under the CrossCabriolet's hood.

Most interestingly of all is that Nissan actually plans to build this thing and soon--sales are expected to start in early 2011. We'll have more photos and details when the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet debuts at the 2010 LA Auto Show later this week.

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