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Official: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Revealed

This is definitely something different. In what possibly may become the most popular car for women, Nissan has debuted the first convertible SUV, which is slated for production. Nissan is calling it the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible. Basically, it's a two-door, open-top version of the standard Murano CUV and its equipped with 3.5-liter V6 producing 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to Nissan's Xtronic CVT transmission.

The top is hydraulically operated with a latch/unlatch function and trunk space, not surprisingly, has been reduced when the top is down. There's also HID xi-xenon headlights and the LED taillight design is similar to what's found on the 370Z. Nissan believes the CrossCabriolet will provide all of the advantages of a convertible, but without any of the drawbacks such as passenger space and trunk storage. Although it's not the most attractive car (ok, it just looks plain silly), there seems to be a good chance for success.

Early buzz has indicated there are enough interested buyers for when it goes on sale in early 2011. The verdict is still out on this one. If it proves to be popular, expect to see other automakers offering something similar in the near future.

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