I recently discovered something surprising: Porsche once made a Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. More importantly, Porsche actually made a Murano CrossCabriolet before there even was a Murano CrossCabriolet — and I think Porsche made it uglier.
The vehicle you see above is the Porsche Cayenne Cabriolet Concept, and I didn’t know about it until recently, when Porsche posted a photo series on Instagram showing some of its older, and more unusual, concept vehicles. Interestingly, Porsche never revealed the Cayenne Cabriolet Concept to the general public, instead apparently creating it as an internal design study to test the potential viability of a convertible version of the original Cayenne.
This was a good idea. The Cayenne Cabriolet Concept is one of the least attractive vehicles you’ll encounter in your life, as it’s basically a Cayenne with two doors and a massive rear hump covering the entire back end of the car including, for some reason, all the way above the rear seats. It truly looks like an uglier version of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
And yet, I don’t think Porsche was crazy for making it. Back in the early 2000s, when the luxury SUV was in its infancy, no one really knew where the luxury SUV market was heading — and automakers were trying to capitalize on a growing segment. It’s totally possible that “SU-vertibles” could’ve taken off, because as SUVs were replacing passenger cars, SUV convertibles could’ve replaced regular convertible cars.
But, a quick glance at the Cayenne Cabriolet Concept shows us why they didn’t: because convertibles just don’t translate all that well to SUVs. Especially, apparently, in this case.