Today Nissan announced pricing for the upcoming Cube, which is expected to reach US showrooms by early May. Responses to previous posts about the Cube are extreme-you either love, or positively hate the thing.Ã‚Â
All Cubes are front-wheel drive, and share the same 1.8 liter, 122hp engine. The base 1.8 model starts at $13,990, and comes only with a 6-speed manual. The 1.8S rings in at $14,690, also with the 6-speed manual, but a CVT transmission is an option. The 1.8SL ($16,790) and Krom ($19,360) only come with the CVT. The Krom is the flashiest of the Cubes, so I find it disappointing a manual is not offered.Ã‚Â
Available features on the Cube include Nissan’s Intelligent Key with push button ignition, Bluetooth, Rockford Fosgate audio, XM Radio and iPod interface. Nissan will offer 40 individual accessories to personalize your Cube, similar to what Scion offers its buyers.
Love it or hate it, the Cube is the latest upright, boxy people mover to come our way. Small, inexpensive, frugal, and loaded with personality, these cars have hit a nerve. The buzz around the Cube is amplified by the fact it has not been available in North America, while images of the last generation Cube are well known-it’s the reason we’re getting this car now.
And in relation to the competition, the Cube is priced right. A lot of Scion owners were turned off by the larger, rounder, but more powerful second generation xB. With a manual, its base price is $15,750USD. In 2003, the Honda Element was the first of the little boxy runabouts. Today, a base Element LX will run you $20,275. Incredibly, if you desire a manual transmission in your Element, you will have to pay an extra $2,500 for the AWD EX model.
With styling that should instantly win over first generation xB fans, and with pricing, even in top-spec Krom form undercutting the base Element, the Cube looks poised to be a hit for Nissan’s target market.