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.