Just because it’s surprising, that doesn’t mean it’s good. Sometimes, it’s pure folly, and that’s exactly what the Murano CrossCabriolet is. Admittedly, it turned out not to be then-CEO Carlos Ghosn’s biggest folly. According to a Nissan suit, Ghosn came up with the idea of “an upmarket product” to target “affluent, aged customers.” Rumor has it that it was because his wife wanted a convertible Murano crossover, which sounds more likely as time goes on. If that was the case, it was a costly way of going about getting the spouse what they wanted. The Murano had to be redesigned from the firewall back to become a convertible, including all-new bodywork.
The Murano CrossCabriolet was universally panned. It might have been “the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible,” but it was completely devoid of the taste it aspired to have. It also drove terribly, despite the hours the engineering team put in while, no doubt, rolling their eyes.