Luck favors the bold -- or so Nissan hopes with its new Murano CrossCabriolet. Trying to create a new genre of all-wheel-drive, all-season-tire-equipped convertibles is a big chance, but one that may make customers take notice of Nissan's new attitude.
Innovation is Nissan's core belief according to Nissan's head of design, Shiro Nakamura. The CrossCabriolet represents the reinvention of versatility and is aimed at "active optimistic couples in their 30s and 40s."
Based on the D-platform that is shared with the Altima and Maxima, the CrossCabriolet will be sold in one trim level only. Powered by a 3.5-liter, 265-horspower V-6, the all-wheel-drive Convertible will only be sold with the XTronic CVT transmission.
The cloth top is power operated and is said to fold up to roughly the same size as in a two-seater roadster. The glass rear-window and skylight were designed to keep the backseat from feeling claustrophobic, and pop-up rollbar system helps to increase rollover safety. The interior is unique to the CrossCabriolet and is available in; Black, cashmere and camel. Standard Navigation and 9.3GB audio hard drive and back-up monitor round out the list of luxury features.
The base price for the Murano CrossCabriolet is set at $46,390. A definite release date was not given during the press conference. Nissan is confident these will be hit, but only time will tell.
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