• Nov 18, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the US-market Cube. Click here for the JDM car.

Here it is. It's "tomorrow" in Japan, and Nissan has unleashed the motherlode of new Nissan Cube photos – including three showing the U.S.-Spec version that'll be rolled out at the LA Auto Show tomorrow. There's no accompanying press release at the moment, but the Japanese media is running their stories as we speak. JDM Cubes are equipped with a 107-hp/109 lb-ft 1.5L four-cylinder mated to a CVT transmission. Front- and four-wheel-drive versions are available. We'll get a different engine with more power that should deliver fuel economy in the Versa neighborhood. More on that tomorrow from our team in LA.

The three shots of the U.S.-market bodywork show, as expected, the reverse of the JDM car. Kudos to Nissan for doing a second body for left-hand drive markets. Inside, the simple appointments of the current Cube are updated with better shapes and, hopefully, a bigger, more upscale mix of materials. The bench seat returns in the JDM car, and there's no reason to believe we won't see it here as well. A water-droplet theme introduced in that silly teaser video we showed you last week is present in the cupholders and also available as ceiling trim inside the passenger compartment. Check out the galleries below for photos of just about everything, including the Japan-specific Lifecare (disabled access) and Autech Rider versions.

Come back tomorrow, when the gang in LA will deliver live coverage of the U.S. car's debut. We liked the JDM version, and we're really looking forward to trying out the Cube again now that it's been engineered for our market's needs.



[Source: Nissan]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really dig asymmetry. From a graphic designer's perspective i have always thought it would add more visual interest to cars if the designers would dabble in asymmetry. Me and my Boyfriend will probably be considering one of theses in a year or 2.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "My boyfriend and I". /grammarcop
      • 6 Years Ago
      A spacewalking astronaut accidentally let go of her tool bag Tuesday after a grease gun inside it exploded, and helplessly watched as the tote and everything inside floated away.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Picture # 35 is wacky. I don't like the round water ripple effect that's built into the roof liner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what the Gen 2 Scion xB should have been, but not with the more powerful motor planned for the US market.

      This Cube seems to be on par with my 2005 Gen 1 xB, and Toyota killed the Gen 2 xB by fattening it.

      I like it a lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crap, crap, crap! Hideously ugly CRAP!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wonder how many clowns would fit inside...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's something a villain from Austin Powers would drive...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It may be ugly, but it is not crap. This is a utility vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        couldn't have said it better. who the hell thought this was cute?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good, hopefully they still have a 7-passenger version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well yeah, but perhaps it could be a hipper alternative to Kia Rondo and Mazda5...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its not a Odessey/Caravan fighter but a Mini/Fit competitor.
      emerillovesbam
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the car that many dj's would love.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Have engines gotten worse over the past 11 years?

      I've got a Nissan Sentra XE from 1997 putting out 110hp with 100cc less volume. I mean yeah, engines have become more efficient, gotten more torque out at lower revs, etc. but still... it seems like things have gone a bit backwards.

      I'm not too knowledgeable with the physics behind engines (beyond the basics), so I could be missing key points.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oops, I got it wrong. I just looked up my figures to double check after the fact (oops) and it's a 1.6L engine putting out 115hp/108 ft lb.

        Disregard parent post. Seems like they're just using a slightly trimmed down and updated version of the old Sentra engine for the Cube... which is nice. My Sentra gets roughly 35MPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've driven a car with this engine. It's a pretty good one. Well it's far enough to drive in town.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gezz

      I think its time for Nissan to file for Chapter 11 now!

      The big 3 now have it easy...


      With Nissan quality way below ford I cant see them selling even one of these.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You've got x-ray vision, right? You took a look at a picture of a yet-to-be released car and told us about its horrid interior.

        On another note, I do admit that CTS, Malibu do interiors better than G37, Maxima/Altima.
      • 6 Years Ago
      JDM photos of dashboard show a reading of 17.4 km/l = 41 US MPG. Pretty good numbers if the #'s shown are to be believed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a fugly car. This is almost as hideous looking as the Pontiac Aztec.
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