It's the same fully equipped story inside. Three leather colors - black, cashmere, and camel - can be had in a diagonal quilt pattern with double stitching. Half-matte chrome and wood finishes can be specified as well. A heated steering wheel and front seats, Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose audio system, and Bluetooth arrive standard.

The convertible CUV boasts an impressive set of cargo capacities. There's 7.6 cu-ft of space with the electronically actuated top stowed; 12.3 cu-ft with the top up. Sure, that's not a lot, but it bests most other convertibles.

The automaker's versatile 3.5-liter V-6 continues to power all four wheels. It's rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque and mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox.

Final EPA fuel economy ratings and a complete pricing schedule have yet to be released, but given the very niche buyer segment, we're guessing those won't matter much. The 2011 Nissan CrossCabriolet executes its mission as a eye-raising modern day crossover, but is it enough to be worthy of an entirely new segment? We'll let you know once we drive one.

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet
Base price $38,000 (est)
Vehicle layout Front-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door, convertible
Engine Engines 3.5L/265-hp/248-lb-ft DOHC24-valve V-6
Transmission cont. variable auto
Curb weight 4200 lb (est)
Wheelbase 111.2 in
Length x width x height 190.1 x 74.5 x 66.2 in
0-60 mph 7.0 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 19 / 24 mpg (est)
CO2 emissions 0.93 lb/mile (est)
On sale in U.S. Early 2011