When Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, it entered a zone of the market that had never really been explored before, as it was the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Since then, the Murano CrossCabriolet continued nearly no updates to speak of, and much of the same carries into 2014.
So, how did the Murano become a convertible crossover? With a lot of work, of course, and a tiny bit of insanity on from Nissan’s R&D department. In order to obtain this crazy transformation, the front doors were stretched by 7.9 inches, and the B-Pillars and rear doors were eliminated. Nissan’s mad scientists then hacked off the roof and replaced it with a cloth convertible top with a rear skylight.
For the 2014 model year, Murano Crosscabriolet will be offered in one fully equipped model with prices starting at $41,995.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
The 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet will retain same, odd look that it always has, which is good for fans and even better for critics of the model.
The cloth top opens and closes at the push of the button, and with the top down, the stowed size is similar to that of a conventional two-seat roadster. It doesn’t eat too much into the trunk either, leaving a decent is 7.6 cubic feet to play with.
Like most other premium Nissans, the Murano CrossCabriolet is offered with High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights with auto on/off function, front fog lights and Nissan 370Z-inspired LED taillights.
Customers can choose between four exterior colors: Super Black, Pearl White and new Midnight Garnet and Gun Metallic.
2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - Exterior Dimensions
|Overall length||190.1 inches|
|Overall width||74.5 inches|
|Overall height||66.2 inches|
|Track width (front/rear)||63.4/63.4|
2014 Nissan Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - Standard Exterior Features:
- High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights with auto on/off function, front fog lights
- Nissan 370Z-inspired LED taillights
- Body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome door handles
- Body-colored dual power/heated outside mirrors
- Rear window defroster with timer
- Low-profile cloth soft-top designed to maintain Murano’s sleek silhouette
- Fully automatic top operation with power latch
Inside the Murano CrossCabriolet, customers can choose between three colors — Black, Cashmere (light brown) and Camel (brown) — and they combine with sculpted lines, half-matte chromed trim finish and unique wood-tone trim to create a luxurious cabin.
As standard,p customers get leather-appointed seats, a heated steering wheel, two-position driver-side memory system for the seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, and many other neat items
2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - Interior Dimensions
|Head room without moonroof (front)||40.2 inches|
|Head room (rear)||38.7 inches|
|Leg room (front)||42.5 inches|
|Leg room (rear)||32.7 inches|
|Hip room (front)||55.3 inches|
|Hip room (rear)||47.4 inches|
|Shoulder room (rear)||56.6 inches|
|Shoulder room (front)||51.7 inches|
|Step-in height (front)||15.8 inches|
|Step-in height (rear)||15.4 inches|
|Interior passenger volume (cu. ft.)||106.2|
|Interior passenger volume without moonroof (cu. ft.)||93.9|
|Cargo volume (cu. ft.)||12.3|
|Fuel tank (gals.)||21.7|
2014 Nissan Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - Standard Interior Features:
- Luxurious and elegant feeling; curved, sculpted lines throughout the interior
- Leather-appointed seating in choice of Black, Cashmere or Camel
- Available premium leather-appointed seat and door trim
- Wood grain interior trim tuned to each interior color
- Heated front and steering wheel
- 8-way power heated driver’s seat with power lumbar support
- 4-way manual front passenger seat with easy entry function
- Passenger seat easy entry release button on instrument panel for driver access
- Driver and front passenger seatback pockets
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition
- Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
- HomeLink Universal Transceiver
- RearView Monitor
- 2-position driver’s seat memory system for seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors
Under its hood, the Murano CrossCabriolet comes with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates to a standard, second-generation Xtronic CVT with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) for sporty response and smoothness. This combo nets the CrossCabriolet a respectable 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
|Cylinders / configuration||60 degree V6|
|Block / head composition||Aluminum/aluminum|
|Displacement (liters / cc)||3.5L / 3,498 cc|
|Horsepower||265 @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque (lb-ft)||248 @ 4,400 rpm|
|Bore & stroke (mm)||95.5 x 81.4|
|Compression ratio (:1)||10.3|
|Spark plugs||Double-tipped iridium|
|Maximum engine speed||6,600 rpm|
|Valvetrain||4 valves per cylinder w/ Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC)|
|Intake system||NICS (Nissan Induction Control System)|
|Engine mounts||1 Liquid Filled (right side), 1 Solid (left side), 2 Vacuum-controlled Liquid Filled (front/rear), 2 Torque Rods (upper/lower)|
|Emissions system||Three-way catalyst|
|Emissions certification level||LEV2-ULEV (CAL), Tier 2 Bin 5 (FED)|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel, 2 mufflers|
Suspensions and Brakes
As standard, the 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet is offered with 20-inch, split-5-spoke wheels wrapped in 235/55R20 Toyo Proxes A20 tires.
In the handling department, a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear suspension keep things smooth, while front and rear stabilizer bars limit body roll.
Other standard features include a twin-orifice, vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted steering system, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution.
|Model||Drivetrain||Suggested List Price|
|AWD||3.5 Liter V6 A/T||$41,995|
|Factory installed option||Price|
|Splash Guards Black||$135|
|Floor Mats Carpeted - 3 piece set||$190|
After Audi unveiled the Cross Cabriolet Quattro at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, rumors suggested that a production version would be just around the corner.
Unfortunately, up to this point we haven’t seen that become a reality. In the last few months, however, the rumblings have gotten louder, and we suspect it is in the works for the near future.
Gallery Audi Cross Cabriolet Quattro
Also just a concept for now, the Evoque Convertible should be unveiled in the not-so-distant future. The concept is based on the three-door Evoque, and it comes equipped with a fully retractable roof and a roll-over protection system.
The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is indeed the only crossover on the market that offers its customers the pleasure of feeling the wind in their hair. And maybe there is good reason for that... If — and that’s a big "if" — any other manufacturers do release a convertible crossover. Nissan will likely need to head to the drawing board to revise the aging CrossCabriolet to keep pace.
- Both convertible and crossover
- Powerful engine
- Comes fully equipped
- Just one engine option
- Kind of expensive