2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Nissan Murano
Have you heard of a mashup before? It’s like when DJ Danger Mouse took Jay-Z’s Black Album, overlaid the Beatles White Album and created the Grey Album. Take two things – mash them together, and sometimes magic happens. That’s exactly what Nissan was hoping for when they created this – the 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet. Nissan appears to have taken their Murano and mashed it up with their 370z, and quite possible invented a new segment along the way.

Unfortunately – engineering is where most convertible conversions go wrong. They simply chop the top, add a few braces, and call it good. That wasn’t good enough for Nissan. In fact – the only bits shared between the standard Murano and this new convertible are the front clip (engine, hood, fenders, etc) and the instrument cluster. The A-pillars and windscreen are slightly more raked than the hardtop Murano, which both gives it a more sports-car \ less beach buggy look, and helps keep the top-down wind at bay. The front doors have been lengthened by 8 inches, while the rear doors have been shed completely. Nissan worked with the same company that makes the top for their 370z to create a new top for this car – which had to be both long and strong enough to deal with covering four occupants. And yes – even though it’s been turned into a 2-door, you can get four adults in this car. Nissan has kept the Murano’s reliable 3.5L V6, making 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, which gets an EPA estimated 17mpg city, and 22mpg highway.

2011 Nissano Murano CrossCabriolet Convertible Top
2011 Nissano Murano CrossCabriolet Convertible Top

So, when can you get one? That’s a tough question. According to Nissan – they’ve already taken 900 pre-orders for the Murano CC, but, and here’s the tricky part – they’ve suggested they’re only building 700 to start, and that’s split amongst 1000 dealers. So right now, it looks like unless you’ve got a pre-order on file, it might be tough. However if the car is selling as well as Nissan says it is – I suspect you’ll be able to order one fairly soon…

Here’s a video from MotorTrend:

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