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Nissan Confirms Murano Convertible and Ellure Concept For Paris

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On: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 3:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Confirms Murano Convertible and Ellure Concept For Paris

Well, after years of speculation, renderings and all-out head scratching, Nissan has confirmed that it has a Murano convertible on the way this year. The company issued a statement this week confirming rumors that the Murano convertible will be unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show. The statement also indicates that the odd crossover-convertible will be joined by the Ellure, a four-door concept, and Leaf and Quest production models.

The Murano convertible will be officially named the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet, which coincidentally or not is very similar to the Audi Cross Cabriolet concept debuted at the 2007 LA Auto Show--the closest thing to the Murano convertible that the world has seen. Nissan describes the significance of the Murano convertible in that it is the "world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible." Indeed, Nissan will break new ground (quite possibly ground that should have always remained intact) when it unveils the car.

Nissan hasn't given any more indication of the design or powertrain of the CrossCabriolet, outside of stating that it will carry a premium level interior and enough room for four adults with luggage in back. The model is expected to lose two doors along with its hard roof.

Nissan describes the Murano CrossCab: "Breaking new ground in family adventure vehicles is the dramatic Murano CrossCabriolet, a design that shows Nissan’s leadership in design, technology and innovation and truly blows the roof off traditional crossovers."

The convertible will hit the market early next year.

Though the Murano will likely steal Nissan's show--whether it be out of curiosity, impressiveness or sheer horror--the company seemed more excited about its Ellure concept. The concept was the first order of business on Nissan's statement: "Leading the way will be the dramatic Nissan Ellure concept, which adds a new dimension to traditional sedan design – a dimension named innovation...Nissan’s dramatic new-value sedan exploration, the Nissan Ellure, is designed to bring a higher level of progressive and distinctive expression to the segment – adding passion and emotion to traditional sedan efficiency."

The Leaf will make its first appearance in its final production form, and the Quest minivan will make its return. The Leaf goes on sale in select U.S. markets in December and the Quest will hit the market early next year.

Nissan will unveil all four vehicles on the very first day of the LA Auto Show: November 17. The show opens to media on the 17th and 18th and to the public from the 19th through the 28th.

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