This, believe it or not, is the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. And it’s not a concept, but a production car that will go on sale in the USA from spring 2011. Nissan has released this teaser image of the Murano CrossCabriolet ahead of the vehicle’s official unveiling at the 2010 LA Auto Show next week.
Hang on, so the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a drop-top SUV?
That’s right. Audi’s Cross Cabriolet Quattro concept was a convertible 4×4 that previewed the Q5, and BMW teased the Mk1 X3 with a SUV show car that was missing most of its roof – but only Nissan has seen fit to put such a vehicle into production.
According to Nissan, its new car ‘delivers the open-air exhilaration of a convertible while extending the versatility of the Murano in exciting new ways. With room for four adults, space for golf bags or luggage (even with the top down), and a premium level interior, the Murano CrossCabriolet represents a breakthrough in concept and design.’ Quite what lopping off the roof does for rigidity remains to be seen.
CAR will be reporting live from the LA motor show next week, so come back for more details on the CrossCabriolet then.