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Nissan had the guts to bring us the bizarrely styled Juke, which is getting some solid press for its performance, and now it's apparently set to follow that up with a convertible version of the Nissan Murano. Apparently getting ready for its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan gave dealers a preview of the two-door, cloth-topped crossover and the reaction of one was, "kind of unusual." You don't say. The Murano droptop has been widely rumored for ages now, but it was never known whether the crossover would maintain the four-door arrangement of the hardtop. It appears that in the roofectomy process, Nissan will remove two doors, which leaves us thinking that the finished product might look something like a mutant Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible. Hopefully the basket-handle brace in the rendering at right won't be a structural necessity.

Speaking of the oft-rumored vehicle that few thought would come true, Nissan's VP of sales and marketing stated "there's a degree of bravery for us to bring out a car like that right now." The company isn't predicting sales volume numbers for this genre-busting crossover, but the hardtop Murano continues to be a solid seller for the Japanese brand. We wouldn't be at all surprised to find quite a few of them in beach cities wearing rental company plates. If you like what you see when it is revealed, the sale date is penciled in for sometime in 2011.

[Sources: Automotive News – sub. req. | Image: InsideLine]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well the PT Cruiser convertible was such a great idea, why not this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        hey, everyone though Honda's new insight was a great idea, and it flopped

        this i a huge risk, but it will be a very unique vehicle and there likely is enough out there to make the take-up rate on this ~5%, which is more than a namual tranny can bring these days
        • 4 Years Ago
        A drop top Murano seems more along the lines of the VehiCross than a PT Cruiser that's why.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saint- I never saw the "Mission to Mars", but I did go to NAIAS in 2002:
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious why they're choosing the Murano, when Nissan has much better platforms for this. Why not bring the March convertible over? Why not try the Cube, or the Altima (which could easily fill the hole from the Solara and beat the Sebring)? If the Murano was done well, it may sell, but it seems really far out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Talking about taking Risks
        • 4 Years Ago
        Break out the popcorn. This will be an entertaining train wreck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't complain about them not taking risks. But if they really are bringing this to the public, I seriously doubt it'll be able to carve out a sustainable niche.

        Maybe they're kidding themselves and market this as the go to vehicle for people who want the Jeep-esque open top but with all the creature comforts of an SUV... yeah, seriously, I don't know.... there probably are people who would buy it. Don't believe me? Ask the people who bought the Aztech.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't say the word the VP of Sales was looking for was "bravery"...

      Look, I'll applaud quirky, like the Juke. But this...if it is a "suv/wagon/sportscar/hybrid," it does absolutely none of those things effectively. Zero.

      But it does do "ugly" and "pointless" REALLY well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in triple white.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever became of the Altima convertible?
      • 4 Years Ago
      that car will bring traffic to the dealer, even if they end up not buying the convertible Murano

      I still like to see what the thing looks like, but if they keep the overall dimensions unchanged and just remove the functionality of the rear doors then it could prove you all wrong

      I mean, you all are asking for a manual tranny but less than 1% of the population is buysing manual, so it makes no business sense to have them as an option

      If this could break into 4-5% of overall Murano sales, then it would be a success for Nissan, not including the increased dealer traffic this could bring

      And lastly, Carlos has some baaaaaaaaaaallzzzzzzzzz letting this happen
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