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Oft-rumored Nissan Murano convertible tipped to debut at LA Auto Show

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on Jul 30th 2010 at 2:01PM

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.



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2012 Nissan Murano Convertible To Debut at the 2010 LA Auto Show

By Erin Riches | July 30, 2010

Maybe you thought we were nuts when we told you not once, not twice, but thrice, that Nissan was going to build a two-door convertible version of its Murano crossover. But it's true. It's for real. And the 2012 Nissan Murano Convertible will debut at the 2010 LA Auto Show in November... with or without without the basket handle on this rendering.

It will go on sale in the spring of 2011, just in time for you take advantage of the first annual crossover convertible driving season.

For sure, turning a midsize crossover SUV into a convertible is a strange move by Nissan, especially in lean economic times. Even if the design ends up being utterly gorgeous, the drop-top Murano will be a niche seller at best. Should we give Nissan credit for taking a risk and creating something new and interesting, or declare the Murano convertible DOA?



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