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2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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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.

Exterior

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
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

Wheelbase111.2 inches
Overall length190.1 inches
Overall width74.5 inches
Overall height66.2 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

Interior

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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
Seating capacity4
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

Drivetrain

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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.

NameVQ35DE
Cam designDOHC
OrientationTransverse
Cylinders / configuration60 degree V6
Block / head compositionAluminum/aluminum
Displacement (liters / cc)3.5L / 3,498 cc
Horsepower265 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (lb-ft)248 @ 4,400 rpm
Bore & stroke (mm)95.5 x 81.4
Compression ratio (:1)10.3
Spark plugsDouble-tipped iridium
Maximum engine speed6,600 rpm
Valvetrain4 valves per cylinder w/ Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC)
Intake systemNICS (Nissan Induction Control System)
Engine mounts1 Liquid Filled (right side), 1 Solid (left side), 2 Vacuum-controlled Liquid Filled (front/rear), 2 Torque Rods (upper/lower)
Recommended fuelPremium
Emissions systemThree-way catalyst
Emissions certification levelLEV2-ULEV (CAL), Tier 2 Bin 5 (FED)
ExhaustStainless steel, 2 mufflers

Suspensions and Brakes

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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.

Prices

Model Drivetrain Suggested List Price
AWD3.5 Liter V6 A/T$41,995
Factory installed option Price
Splash Guards Black$135
Camel Interior$500
Cashmere Interior$500
Navigation Package$1,850
Splash Guards$135
Floor Mats Carpeted - 3 piece set$190

Competitors

Audi Q5 Cabriolet

Audi Cross Cabriolet Quattro

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.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept

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.

Conclusion

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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.

LOVE IT
  • Both convertible and crossover
  • Powerful engine
  • Comes fully equipped
LEAVE IT
  • Just one engine option
  • Kind of expensive

What is your take?

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