Nissan has used Facebook to reveal the first official teaser image of the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.


Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, the vehicle that Nissan claims to be the “world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible” has been confirmed to go on sale in the US early next year.

Overlooking its polarising styling, the obvious lack of a Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible-style “shopping basket handle” is a clear tick in the design department.

Nissan says the Murano CrossCabriolet will have “room for four adults, space for golf bags or luggage (even with the top down), and a premium level interior” while representing “a breakthrough in concept and design”.

Nissan North America senior vice president for sales and marketing, Brian Carolin, confirmed late in August that a topless two-door version of its luxury soft-roader would surprise a lot of people when it debuted.

“It’s not going to be a volume car … But there’s a degree of bravery for us to bring out a car like that right now,” Mr Carolin said.

To be built in small numbers and only in left-hand drive, Australian admirers of the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet will have to do so from afar, with the CrossCabriolet unlikely to ever be sold locally.