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Full Reveal: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Bows in LA

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On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 5:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

Full Reveal: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Bows in LA

Nissan revealed the Murano CrossCabriolet on the first media day of the 2010 LA Auto Show and released an array of pictures of the exterior and interior. The model opens up an interesting new segment in the auto market: the all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Decide for yourself if that's a segment that needed opening.

Okay, it looks like I'm going to be wiping some egg off my face for the remainder of the day. After seeing Nissan's first picture of Murano CrossCabriolet, I really had high hopes for it. But it looks like the studio lighting and shadows suckered me in. Because now that I see the full car from various angles and in various light conditions, I'm far from sold. While it's not quite as fugly as the rendering that was made before Nissan revealed any pictures (basically an unmodified Murano with the top cropped off), it definitely has a chunky, awkward look. A short pug nose, stocky profile, and beefy rear-end combine to make us re-ask: "Did the world really need a crossover convertible." Answer: not like this.

Opinions about its execution aside, we do respect Nissan for braving these unchartered waters. And the Murano CrossCab was never meant to be a high-volume vehicle, so they might even experience success with it. Past fug-meisters, like the Chrysler PT Cruiser, have gone on to great success, so who knows.

While the retractable soft-top (that is suspiciously missing from all the photos we could find) clearly distinguishes the CrossCab from the standard Murano, other equipment, like the 265-hp V6 engine and CVT, remains the same. The Murano CrossCabriolet will be the flagship of the Murano line, however, and it will get such standard equipment as 20-inch wheels, leather seats, and wood trim.

Buyers get their first chance to snatch (or completely ignore) the Murano CrossCabriolet beginning next spring. It will start at a rather foreboding $46,390.

I happen to live in a place with harsh winters and warm, dry, sunny summers, so I'm pretty curious to see how many of these will start showing up on highways and byways in my neck of the woods.

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