• Feb 10, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Nissan Cube Krom

Nissan has finally put a price tag on the 2009 Cube: $13,990. That's what the 1.8 model equipped with a manual transmission will set you back when sales begin in early May.

Four versions of the Cube will be offered: the 1.8, 1.8 S, 1.8 SL and the model you see above, the 1.8 Krom. The limited-edition model, essentially a U.S.-spec of the JDM Cube Rider, is based off the 1.8 S variant and features a three-bar chrome grille, two-bar chrome front bumper, unique fascias, side sills and spoiler, along with exclusive 16-inch aluminum wheels. Inside the factory customized model you'll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, iPod interface, Bluetooth integration, titanium trim, illuminated lighting system, automatic temperature control, aluminum pedals and an upgraded audio system with six speakers and a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer.

Buyers that opt for one of the standard models can choose from over 40 individual accessories, including a 20-color interior illumination kit, wheels and a "shag carpeting" instrument panel. All the details are available in the press release below the fold.



PRESS RELEASE

NISSAN ANNOUNCES 2009 CUBE®, CUBE® STARTING PRICE OF $13,990 AND ACCESSORIES PROGRAM

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced that the all-new 2009 Nissan cube® 1.8 will feature a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $13,990 when it goes on sale in early May. Nissan also debuted a specialty vehicle model – the cube® 1.8 Kr?m. The new cube® Kr?m, developed by NNA's new Specialty Vehicles Group, features exclusive exterior and interior treatments, elevating cube®'s unique styling to a sportier, more aggressive dimension. The 2009 Nissan cube® will now be offered in four versions, cube® 1.8, cube® 1.8 S, cube® 1.8 SL and cube® 1.8 Kr?m.

In addition, Nissan announced that the cube will be available with more than 40 individual accessories, ranging from a unique 20-color interior illumination kit and "shag carpeting" instrument panel inserts to aerodynamic body kits and custom 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – allowing cube owners to personalize their vehicles to reflect their own tastes and personalities.

A new "Reserve Your cube" program, which allows consumers to research and reserve the cube of their choice, will begin later in the month, following the release of complete cube model and option package pricing.

Exclusive Nissan cube® Model
While every 2009 Nissan cube makes a bold statement against the backdrop of look-alike entry-level vehicles, the cube Kr?m is a standout with exclusive exterior and interior treatments designed to add character without overwhelming the innovative cube design. The cube Kr?m starts with the extensive list of cube 1.8 S model standard features, then adds a 3-bar chrome grille, 2-bar chrome front bumper grille, fully integrated front and rear fascias, body side sills, unique rear roof spoiler, exclusive 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Kr?m rear emblem.


Inside, the cube Kr?m offers Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, leather-wrapped steering wheel, woven black and gray seat cloth, an upgraded audio system with six speakers and Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, Interface System for iPod®, Titanium interior trim accents, sporty aluminum trimmed pedals, Automatic Temperature Control, interior illumination system and more.

Like every cube model, the cube Kr?m offers unexpected power and ease of driving provided by an advanced 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder with a projected fuel economy of 30 mpg Highway. The cube Kr?m comes with a standard new-generation Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for good acceleration response, smooth operation and fuel efficiency.

"The cube Kr?m is unmistakable, with its unique exterior treatments and interior enhancements, it takes the already standout cube and raises the "cool" factor even more," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, NNA. "For those consumers that love the cube but are looking for a little something extra, the cube Kr?m offers that and then some."

The cube Kr?m was developed by Nissan North America's Specialty Vehicles Group, which also developed the sporty Nissan NISMO 350Z. Kr?m models are converted in a unique area of the cube assembly facility.

A "Personalized" Approach to Accessories
Inside and out, the new Nissan cube offers an inspiring canvas for personalization. A centerpiece of the new cube's appeal is its "social space" interior that offers room for five in a lounge-like comfort. Along with its open occupant space, "floating meter pod" driver's area and "lounge sofa" style sliding and reclining rear bench seat, the cube interior is available with a long list of innovative accessories.

Among the items designed to accentuate cube's unique design approach are "shag dash topper" instrument panel inserts, which fit into the top center of the instrument panel; "Front Door Bungees," which are colorful elastic straps that slip into cutouts on the door armrests to secure items such as maps and photos; and an Interior Illumination Kit, which provides a changeable 20-color palette of accent lighting under the instrument panel and in the center console cupholder.


Other interior accessories include illuminated stainless kick plates, drilled stainless pedal covers, rear cargo area organizer and interior trim appliqués available in four body-matching colors and a sleek, carbon fiber look. Exterior accessories include a front chin spoiler, rear underspoiler, side body sills, rear roof spoiler, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, nose mask, side window deflectors, vehicle cover and fog lights.

For added convenience, a number of accessories have been grouped into special packages – the Interior Designer Package, the Interior Illumination Package and the Ginormous Package, featuring a range of items including the aero body kit, interior accent lighting and interior appliqués.

"Enthusiasm is building for cube – it's unique, it's fun, it's functional, and it makes being "square" hip again," said Castignetti. "Consumers in the market are excited about a product like this. If you take the cube's distinctive styling, utility, and efficiency and add a starting MSRP of $13,990, it's easy to see why."


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone please explain to me why there is still a premium charged for a freaking automatic?!! WTF? This is 2009 guys. You will not make me believe it costs more to produce and install an auto anymore. It is pure BS/Greed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why?
        = people are still greedy.

        woody www.thecarnerds.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unlike most - I still prefer a manual and am glad when it's a standard option. I hate the idea of paying a premium to get a manual.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nasty... it looks okay in regular trim, but here it looks ghettolicious with the chrome trim and wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1.8L? I don't get it.

      I think a $14K car has to get better than 30mpg highway. It should have a smaller motor and better fuel economy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree- I would like to see this with the 1.6 in the base Versa. I would be driving a car like this around town, I would gladly trade a few bhp for a couple more mpg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $13,990? Are you serious? Base it at $8500-$9000 and and then we'll talk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well' there's your problem. New cars are already overpriced when they hit the lot, that's one of the reasons why car sales are down (besides the economy). Not everybody are moneybags like you.

        Dumb comment? Hulk needs to get some common sense, move to the real world and get a life.

        Now before anyone else decides to challenge me about my rant on prices, look here. My first car purchased in 1986 was a showroom new vehicle with a $15, 000 sticker. I only paid $8,000 for it. No joke. I've never paid invoice or Sticker for a new car, just the actual price the dealer paid for it. Never will. You just have to find a fair dealer, or a dealer who will do what's right, or one who realizes that the customer is just as smart or educated as he/she is.

        Who's the jackass now?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the problem with Autoblog. So many of these asshat trolls that make up all manner of crap.

        No one pays sticker, dickhead. Also, no one gets a 45% discount on a car that's new to the US market...and started as 13K+.

        Take the lies and go elsewhere. Crawl out of your mom's basement and ask her what's for lunch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is there any car in America for that price these days, jackass?

        Dumb comments make hulk angry
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gee, Dave, I had no idea you were that far out of touch with the rest of the world. Not all of us spend our time insulting people who smart enough not to be screwed by greedy businessmen who are looking for a few more suckers.

        Forgive me for having a life and for knowing how to survive in the real world.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Nissan cars are pretty look good and more over they are very stylish when compared to other cars!! u can see my site as you wish at: http://chicagonissan.info/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Floral Delivery companies unite! Your vehicle has arrived.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay another Scion wanna-be!

      Basically another bland, boring, ugly, small, economy car that will only sell to losers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The cube's been around longer (Japan) than the Scion. Google it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Scion wanna be? So is it desperately trying to hide the fact that it is a bland Toyota with pathetically reworked body panels?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Basically another bland, boring, ugly, small, economy car that will only sell to losers."

        Are you describing the scion or this car? I can't tell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like Scions, what's wrong with a car that's well-designed, relatively cheap, and (more-or-less) fuel efficient that's not a typical gas guzzling SUV?

        This car will sell just fine to people who want a cool, unique, small car that's not retardedly expensive as a Mini.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good work on the pricing. Nissan will sell a lot of these I think, including one to me when they hit the dealers. Forget the Krom nonsense - I have no desire for a CVT, which was always my worry about this vehicle coming. With the 6 speed, though, I'm totally sold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well that to people like you, we don't get the bench seats.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Just 30MPG highway? What is Nissan smoking? Its competitors all outdo it by a significant margin.

      According to the EPA, the Fit gets 35, the Aveo gets 34, and the Scion xD gets 33 MPG, all with manual transmissions. I know the Nissan is a box, but the Fit, Aveo, and xD aren't particularly aerodynamic either.

      WTF, Nissan?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even the Kia Soul is expected to get over 30 mpg hwy with the 2.0l/4-speed auto combo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a friggin box. They are almost literally bricks in the wind tunnel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What was Nissan thinking when they made integrated the taillights into the rear bumper? Having the tail/reverse lights broken every time the bumpers take a hit means insurance companies will screw you over for coverage on this thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it. My wife really likes it. There may be one in our future. Although personally I really would prefer the new Fiesta.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's pretty cool. I can't argue with the price or the versatility. I'm not a big fan of all the chrome but it looks a little better than the "bulldog with sunglasses" look the base model has.

      In all, this will find its market. I like it plenty. If I absolutely couldn't spend any more than $16K on a new vehicle this would be one of my first choices. Along with the upcoming Fiesta...
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