Striking new soft-top Murano will “surprise a lot of people”

Nissan will launch its quirky Murano CrossCabriolet at the Los Angeles motor show next month.

Set to reach showrooms in early 2011, the CrossCabriolet will be the world’s first crossover convertible, according to Nissan.

Sales and marketing boss Brian Carolin said the CrossCabriolet is “not going to be a volume car” rather an image builder for the brand. He added its looks would “surprise a lot of people”.

Read the first drive of the new Nissan Murano

Nissan dealers were given a preview of the CrossCabriolet in the summer. Comments from insiders who have seen the concept noted it was “kind of unusual”, while another said “it actually looks better with the top down, than up”. Most agreed that the reaction from consumers will be divided.

Also confirmed for LA is Nissan’s new saloon concept, the Ellure, which promises “innovation in traditional saloon design”, although Nissan wouldn’t confirm whether it previewed a replacement for a Primera or made use of the firm’s electric technology.

Alex Kersten

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20 October 2010

A Nissan Murano cabriolet is going to "shock people", no shit sherlock. The idea of a crossover cabrio is borderline lunatic, although I suppose the often quoted reason why people buy this sort of car is to see and be seen, then the only way to make this even more so is to chop the roof off. I would be very surprised if this particular niche is slavishly followed by other manufacturers.

20 October 2010

Expect to see the X6 cabriolet soon, closely followed by an interminable thread titled "What's the point of the X6 cabriolet?"...

20 October 2010

I think Nissan product planning meetings must be based on a load of cards with words written on them like SUPERMINI, CABRIO, 4x4, PICK UP, etc. They just blindfold someone, who picks out two of these cards from a Tesco bag - 4X4 CABRIO in this instance - then the styling boys go off to try and make it work.

20 October 2010

i guess its no stranger than any other rag top 4x4 (jeep, suzuki, occasionally land rover etc) the only difference being that they are more utilitarian looking so can carry it off.

not really convinced the same will apply here - hood up or down.

20 October 2010

[quote Autocar]” rather an image builder for the brand[/quote]

What sort of image are they trying to build here ?

21 October 2010

Hahaha, good one! April foo... Wait a minute, it's October. It's not the first one anyway, Top Gear did an Espace convertible a few years back.

[quote Autocar]Sales and marketing boss Brian Carolin said the CrossCabriolet is “not going to be a volume car”[/quote]

Well you have to admit he's right there, except maybe in SoCal...

21 October 2010

Why is the Question. Why?????? Especially as the new Murano is quit Ugly!

21 October 2010

Sounds good to me. To combine the best sides of both types can't be a bad idea. And I believe it's going to look great! The only down side is that it probably will be too expensive for me. I think Nissan is the new Citroen. Only more reliable.

21 October 2010

[quote Scandinavian]Sounds good to me. To combine the best sides of both types can't be a bad idea. And I believe it's going to look great! The only down side is that it probably will be too expensive for me. I think Nissan is the new Citroen. Only more reliable.[/quote]

I agree, & maybe if it goes well they will bring out a smaller version- I think a Juke cabriolet would actually be pretty cool, although I am sure many people will disagree with me there! Lol... & there must be buyers out there, for example all the people that used to buy soft-top Vitaras etc (& they used to sell quite well) dont really have anything similar to buy these days...

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

21 October 2010

Polarizing, and that's a good and bad thing for automakers. Discussion is that - people will talk about it. I for one believe it will be abysmal. I don't like crossovers, and the Murano is one of the least appealing from an aesthetic vantage point. It will generate talk about Nissan, and maybe sell some compacts and mid range sedans. If I wanted an open top 4x4, I'd buy a Jeep, or a vintage 88.

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