The innovative Nissan cube® continues in 2013 to offer a unique style and flexibility that stands out in class – maintaining its special place in the automotive world. Its unmistakable ”box style” again offers an asymmetrical rear window, refrigerator-style rear door, space for five in its lounge-like interior and more than 40 accessories to help buyers customize cube to their precise tastes and needs.
Enhancements for 2013 include a simplified model lineup, with cube now offered in two well-equipped models – S and SL. All 2013 cube models wear the PUREDRIVE™ badge, indicating its fuel and emissions efficiency. One new exterior color, Sapphire Slate, is added to the cube color palette.
2013 Nissan cube S From: $16,760 2731 Interface System for iPod® Bluetooth® Phone System Leather-wrapped steering wheel Cruise control
2013 Nissan cube SL From: $18,860 2731 Includes S features plus: 16″ aluminum-alloy wheels Nissan Intelligent Key® Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) Automatic headlights
NISSAN CUBE – DESIGN
At first glance, the Nissan cube’s appearance seems to embody the simplistic nature of its name – a box on wheels. But a closer look reveals a more complex and intricate design with a surprising sense of dynamic movement. With cube’s long wheelbase relative to its overall length (a 99.6-inch wheelbase against a 156.7-inch overall length) and wide track, the wheels are pushed out to each corner – providing exceptional space utilization and a confident-looking stance. The highly distinctive look is aided by the wide headlights and grille treatment, the small but substantial body proportions and the short ”tail” section.
In the rear, the bar-type taillights reinforce the wide, anchored look. Another unique aspect of cube’s exterior is the large greenhouse. The A-pillars are positioned far outward and relatively upright, giving a wider range of forward visibility, while the asymmetrical wraparound side/rear window creates enhanced rear diagonal visibility for lane changes and reverse parking.
Unlike typical top-hinged or clamshell-style utility rear doors, cube features an easy-access, refrigerator-style opening, which makes it possible to open or close it even if parked tight against other cars in parallel parking spaces or when backed in against a wall or other obstacle. The back door opens fully when space allows, for loading groceries, luggage or large objects – or to a limited-access position (about eight inches) when space is restricted, for retrieving or loading a backpack or other small objects. The one-hand door handle operation is designed for easy use, even while carrying things in the other hand or arm.
The 2013 Nissan cube is available in eight mild-to-wild exterior colors: the new Sapphire Slate and carryover Pearl White, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red and Bali Blue, Sapphire Black and Bitter Chocolate.
NISSAN CUBE – INTERIOR
The centerpiece of cube’s universal appeal is its ”social space” – the surprisingly roomy interior that offers room for five in lounge-like comfort. It’s a space that is highly changeable and adaptable to owners’ evolving lives, with plenty of room for personalization. Cleverly designed and surprisingly open, the interior combines ”casual lounge”-style passenger seating with a relaxed driving experience.
The interactive interior is anchored by its curve-themed architecture, such as the subtle wavy shaping of the instrument panel, door panels, seat shapes, armrests and the iconic circular/oval shapes of elements ranging from air conditioning vents, door pulls and climate controls. The comfortable seating includes a 6-way manual driver’s seat and 4-way manual front passenger’s seat, along with the sofa-style reclining rear bench seat.
The sliding rear seat can be adjusted to three positions – full rearward (providing ample legroom), mid-position (3.9 inches forward) or front position (6.0 inches forward). The rear seat is also positioned higher than the front seats, theater style, enhancing rear passenger comfort and visibility.
Other interior features include the ”floating pod” instrument panel with asymmetrical light blue and white gauges, which are designed to make it easier to distinguish between the speedometer and the tachometer.
The gauge needles ”sweep” when the engine is started to add a sense of flair, while the gradation effect gives a natural ambience inspired by the glow of the white moon and the blue earth. Sub-gauges are concentrated for enhanced visibility. The leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel includes steering wheel-mounted audio, cruise control and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System controls.
NISSAN CUBE – VERSATILITY
Convenient storage spaces and cup/bottle holders are abundant throughout the cube interior – including six cupholders (instrument panel, front center console and rear armrests) and five bottle holders (door panels and center console). There are also detachable multi-hooks for holding bags or hats, which can be moved to other places including the instrument panel and rear passenger doors. ”Shelves” are located on the top center and the passenger side of the instrument panel. Although the shelves are not designed for holding objects when cube is in motion, they provide convenient spaces for placing keys, cell phones or digital music players when cube is parked. The interior design also incorporates a series of subtle ”Water Drop” concentric circles. Inspired by nature and the calming way that ripples move outward from a drop in water, the circles can be seen in items ranging from the roof headliner to the cupholders to the climate control design.