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Nissan Kills Murano CrossCabriolet for 2015

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Nissan Kills Murano CrossCabriolet

The 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet will be the last.

Being that this has been circulating for a couple of weeks now, this might qualify more as olds than news (see what we did there?), but it’s really all the more appropriate that we’re only now getting around to writing the obituary for the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. It died as it lived: with a sideways glance, a slightly agape mouth, and ultimately a shrug of the shoulders.

When it was first introduced back in 2011, the CrossCab seemed like a solid idea. The crux: take a crossover and make it a convertible. Combine the need for utility with the love of the open road and create something that is unmistakable.

People bought the Murano CrossCab, yes; and by all accounts, CrossCab drivers love their vehicles.

The problem, as it happens, is that there were just not enough people willing to take a $47,000 (and then $42,000) risk on something so irrefutably weird. This is why Nissan is laying their convertible crossover to rest for the 2015 model year lineup.

This makes the second little piece of weird that Nissan has killed this year after it looked in the direction of the cube and dragged their finger across their throat. As Drax the Destroyer would gladly tell you, finger across neck means death.

Fear not, seekers of the weird: the JUKE remains quite popular, and that heavenly little slice of odd doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Perhaps if we get lucky, the next-gen Murano will take off so much that Nissan engineers decide, hey, let’s take a risk one more time.

Until then: good night, sweet prince.