• Jul 30, 2010
As much as we were hoping that it was nothing more than an elaborate internet hoax by a talented Photoshopper, we're getting closer and closer to slotting this one away in the Silly But Apparently True file. According to Inside Line, the oft-rumored Nissan Murano convertible is indeed coming to an auto show near you, starting late this year at the LA Auto Show.
Yes, we're serious. No, we're not sure we get it either.

If there's any truth to this rumor, we can expect the droptop crossover to hit the market as a 2012 model equipped with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine and continuously variable automatic transmission as the standard-issue Murano. The switchover to convertible status will reportedly include the removal of the rear doors and may even come with a Chrysler PT Cruiser-esque hoop that's ostensibly there to boost rigidity and act as some sort of roll bar in the unlikely event of a tipover. We're sure it'll be just the thing for unstable homecoming queens come parade duty.

Gluttons for punishment are free to see the complete retina-roasting rendering here at Inside Line. Hey, don't blame us... we warned you.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Chassis rigidity FTW!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan should not have diverted resources to this, when they need a wider ratio spread CVT.
      Currently they are 10% less than average 5.4:1, when most 6 speed autos are 6:1.
      I'd like to see them at 10% greater than average 6.6:1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if Chrysler sold off some old tooling and intellectual property rights.

      Tho it's usually the Chinese that but such things, we all know how much Nissan has been trying to get into Chryslers pants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind a Murano vert in triple white. White body, white leather interior, and a white top. It would be like a giant VW Cabriolet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan need to watch this

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshkO8HqQ10

      Maybe Consuela can tell them the words they need to hear
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speaking on the rendering only:
      This is a photoshop exercise in blending the Murano with the convertible guts of a PT Cruiser convertible. The boot cover, the hoop, the trim band and all the other visible convertible stuff are straight from the PT Cruiser.

      (I inadvertently ended up becoming a PT Cruiser convertible owner recently, which is I think how most people end up owning them...)

        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet you're the only autoblog reader who also owns a PT convertible. Or at least, the only to admit it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't pay money for it...

        My father-in-law saw it in a fleet auction, online. He said he bought it because of the color (inadvertently: "Ooo, blue!" *bid*). Its a former rental car... They owned it for a few years before passing it on to us. We're enjoying the convertible aspects of it this summer, then we're going to get someone else to inadvertently buy it from us...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why all the hate? I think it's cool Nissan might be doing this. Regular hard top 4-door Murano is a boring, mediocre me-too-mobile. This is something different, something interesting. I like it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Erik, do u also like the suzuki x90?
        • 4 Years Ago
        oyyyy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy hell... I wasn't prepared to see that picture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only thing I thought when I read this article:

      Why???
      • 4 Years Ago
      As someone who spends time in both Los Angeles and Orlando I can just say this will be a hit in rental fleets and with retired snow birds! It's niche but with PT Cruiser dying and the Sebring Convertible being the ugly as sin Nissan may have a hit on it's hand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with the PT Cruiser part... but Sebring > this thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a giant VW Cab. Yikes.
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