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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
A few weeks ago, I was invited to Dallas on behalf of Nissan. The invitees were getting the chance to drive the prototype of the upcoming Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
I say prototype but it is not like these cars were duct taped together. They were fully finished, highly polished road-ready machines. They were pretty freakin' spectacular looking all parked out front of the Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. They were just waiting to be driven.
WHAT IS THE NISSAN MURANO CROSSCABRIOLET?
As the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet breaks new ground in both the crossover SUV and convertible segments. With its never seen before design and custom boutique style, the Murano CrossCabriolet is unlike anything on the road – blending all of the things people love in a crossover with the open air enjoyment of a convertible. The Murano CrossCabriolet is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July 2011.
We started the day classroom style learning about the cars and even heard first hand from some of the designers/engineers at Nissan. Then it was test drive time!
The setup was pretty cool. We were given maps, got to choose our cars and then we were off adventure style around the city of Dallas. We left with the top down, of course. This was our car (isn't she pretty?):
FAST FACTS ABOUT THE NISSAN MURANO CROSSCABRIOLET
o The 2011 Nissan #MuranoCrossCabriolet is the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible
o 2011 Nissan #MuranoCrossCabriolet goes on sale this Spring – fully equipped starting at $46,390
o All-new #MuranoCrossCabriolet has an exceptionally compact top that allows for additional interior and cargo space
o #MuranoCrossCabriolet has hydraulically operated top – w/ automatic power latch/unlatch system activated on center console & driver’s door handle
o #MuranoCrossCabriolet comes in 6 colors: Sunset Bronze & Caribbean plus Merlot, Platinum Graphite, Super Black & Glacier Pearl White
o #MuranoCrossCabriolet has versatility & functionality of true crossover, & unique open air driving experience of a pure convertible
o Some of #MuranoCrossCabriolet's standard features: AWD, Navigation & heated seats, climate control, Bose Audio System to name only a few
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NISSAN
From Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc.:
“The versatility and functionality of a true all-wheel drive crossover, the unique open air driving experience of a pure convertible – the Murano CrossCabriolet is a breakthrough in concept, design and execution. Innovation meets Murano with stunning results.”
I think that the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a fun car to drive. It sits up a little higher than most cars and while some might find this a little awkward at first, I really liked that about the car. I have driven an SUV for years so the thought of a low riding, convertible might not have been that appealing to me.
I really enjoyed driving the Murano a lot. I thought that it had a lot of pick up and go (sorry Nissan but I did gun it a few times). It was very nicely appointed and I was torn between every color available. While it wouldn't work right now for my family of five, as a second car or an empty nester car, the Murano would be perfect. We have even considered renting one for on of our weekend trips.
I was lucky enough that a friend of mine was invited on the trip as well. Alicia from The Mommy Insider and I had fun getting lost around Dallas together. Please visit her site and see what she had to say:
Disclosure: Nissan invited me to Dallas to test out the Murano CrossCabriolet. They did not tell me to post nor did they tell me what to write but they did put us up in a rockstar hotel otherwise known as Hotel ZaZa.