Nissan to unveil Murano Convertible at 2010 LA Auto Show

Nissan to unveil Murano Convertible at 2010 LA Auto Show

Nissan is planning to bring a two-door convertible version of its Murano crossover to market. The 2012 Nissan Murano Convertible will have its world premiere at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and go on sale next spring, just in time for you take advantage of the first annual crossover convertible driving season.

Several sources have reported that Nissan is preparing a convertible version of the Murano to come as a 2012 model year vehicle, but Nissan has remained relatively quiet about the prospect of removing the roof from its most popular crossover.

In August 2008, a four-door version of the crossover with a soft top was reported to go on sale in the spring of 2011. In May 2009, the story changed to a two-door convertible version that would arrive.

The 2011 Murano Convertible should pack the same 3.5L V6 powertrain with 265 horsepower and CVT transmission. Customers will be able to choose between front and all-wheel drive.

Because Nissan opted for a soft-top version of this convertible, it may lose out in the style department, but it hopes to make up for that in gained fuel economy. Creating convertible hard-top on a vehicle this size would have likely added considerable weight, and further reduced cabin space.

The 2011 Murano Convertible will be produced in limited numbers, with pricing likely to start just over $40,000 when it goes on sale in late 2010.