Boldly breaking through yet another vehicle design barrier, the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet combines all of the basic powertrain and running gear of its four-door crossover kin in a new, two-door variant that's being positioned as the world's all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Making its world debut at the LA Auto Show and arriving at Nissan dealers early in 2011, it will be offered in just one, luxuriously appointed trim level but six exterior colors, including two -- Sunset Bronze and Caribbean -- that will be exclusive to the CrossCabriolet. This newest member of the Murano family sets off its model-specific bodywork with standard bi-xenon HID projector-beam headlamps and LED rear lights that were inspired by the 370Z. Properly filling the CrossCabriolet prominently flared wheel arches are titanium-finish 20-inch alloy five-spoke wheels wrapped in 235/55R20 Toyo Proxes A20 all-season tires.

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To accommodate its transition to open-air configuration, Nissan engineers gave the Murano CrossCabriolet unique structural enhancements from its A-pillar back. In addition to eliminating the B-pillar, its front doors have been extended by 7.9 inches compared to a conventional Murano, the better to ease entry/exit to its two-place rear seat. Crowning the CrossCabriolet is a fully-lined power cloth soft top that retains the Murano's original distinctive roofline, and also incorporates a slick glass rear skylight that opens up the cabin even when it's in closed mode. Raised and lowered via a hydraulic actuator, the lightweight lid is designed to stow compactly behind the passenger compartment -- although opting for al fresco mode does cut cargo space from 12.3 to 7.6 cu ft.

The CrossCabriolet's interior appointments combine the top-line Murano LE trim elements with a several unique flourishes that Nissan says are meant to create a custom boutique feel. Among myriad standards are leather trim in Black, Cashmere or Camel, each with dedicated metallic and wood look accents, a full array of power assists, dual-zone climate control, Bose premium audio and Nissan Hard-Drive Navigation System with 7.0-inch color display and 9.3GB Music Box, Bluetooth, RearView Monitor and Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition. In addition to the normal roster of safety standards, the Murano CrossCabriolet also has a pair of rear pop-up roll bars. Beneath it all, the new CrossCabriolet is pure Murano, sharing the same 265-horsepower/3.5-liter V6, second-generation Xtronic CVT transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and the suspension and intuitive all-wheel drive systems with the existing four-door crossover -- as well as its 111.2-inch wheelbase.

The base price of the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet will be $47,190.

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