2010 Nissan cube Combines Fashion With Functionality, Including Lounge-Style Interior and 31 MPG Fuel Economy
The cleverly designed Nissan cube, with its asymmetrical rear window, refrigerator-style rear door and wide range of personal accessories, enters its second year of production
in 2010 with its unique style firmly intact plus a number of enhancements to its audio and entertainment systems and one new exterior color, Sapphire Black.
The 2010 Nissan cube is available in three well-equipped models: cube 1.8, cube 1.8 S and cube 1.8 SL along with a specialty vehicle cube 1.8 S Krom Edition with exclusive
sport body pieces, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a custom interior with exclusive black and gray seats, premium audio system and more.
The Nissan cube took the North American market by storm in 2009 with its unique blend of fashion and functionality, said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager,
Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). Designed to enhance peoples lives, cube is a vehicle that people fall in love with, moving beyond mere transportation to
become a core part of their social activities.
For 2010, the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls are now standard for cube S and SL models; the
Interface System for iPod, MP3 CD-ROM playback capacity, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive volume control (SSV) and two additional speakers (six total) are now
standard on cube S models.
The cube 1.8 S Krom Edition adds a new 4.3-inch color audio display with USB connectivity and RearView Monitor, along with Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition. In
addition, the 4.3-inch color audio display with USB connectivity and RearView Monitor is added to the optional SL Preferred Package.
Unique, Asymmetrical Design
At first glance, the 2010 Nissan cubes 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 cubes long wheelbase relative to its overall length (a 99.6-inch wheelbase against a 156.7-inch overall length) and wide track, the wheels, in effect, are pushed out to each
corner providing exceptional space utilization and a confident-looking stance that has been compared to a bulldog in sunglasses. Along with its stance, its
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. The cubes creators also sought to maintain a sense of pure design, reducing the number of character
lines to give simplicity and freshness to the styling. Another unique aspect of the cubes exterior is the greenhouse. The A-pillars are positioned far outward and
relatively upright, giving a wider range of forward visibility. The front door windows utilize a photo frame design patterned after a personal photo frame, while the
asymmetrical wraparound side/rear window creates enhanced rear diagonal visibility for lane changes and reverse parking.
The geometric circle shape in the square rear window is cubes signature, said Castignetti. Though there are D-pillars on both sides of the cube, the visual effect of
the narrower passenger-side pillar is quite remarkable in the overall appearance, a look aided by the asymmetrical back door.
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-sized 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.
For 2010 Nissan cube is available in eight mild-to-wild exterior colors: Scarlet Red, Sapphire Black (new for 2010), Moss Green, Steel Grey, Chrome Silver, Bitter Chocolate,
White Pearl and Caribbean Blue.
A Casual Lounge Interior
The centerpiece of cubes universal appeal is its social space the surprisingly roomy interior that offers room for five in a lounge-like comfort. Cube is not wasteful in
terms of its footprint, carbon or physical. It creates a third space, in addition to home and school, for interacting with friends. Its a space that is highly changeable and
adaptable to owners evolving lives, with plenty of room for personalization, said Castignetti.
Cubes clever, inspired and surprisingly open occupant space 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 cube seating includes a 6-way manual drivers seat and 4-way manual front passengers seat, along with a lounge 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 also is 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
similar to the glow of the white moon and the blue earth. Sub-gauges are concentrated for enhanced visibility. The three-spoke steering wheel is available with leather
wrapping and steering wheel-mounted audio controls (now standard on cube S and SL models).
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 from place to place
including the instrument panel and rear passenger doors.
The shelf expression concept features two shelves located on top center and the passenger side of the instrument panel. Not designed for holding objects when the
cube is in motion, they provide convenient spaces for placing keys, cell phones or digital music players when the vehicle is parked. Cubes accessory Front Door Bungees are
colorful rubber straps (red, yellow, orange or gray) that slip into cutouts on the door armrests to secure items such as maps, nametags, photos, towels or small stuffed animals.
The cube 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.
A Wide Range of Available Features
Cubes heating and cooling system provides quiet, efficient operation with easy to recognize and use knobs and switches. Other standard equipment offered on the 2010 Nissan cube
includes power windows with drivers side one-touch auto up/down feature, Remote Keyless Entry system, power door locks with auto-locking feature, variable intermittent
windshield wipers and intermittent rear window wiper, rear window defroster with timer, cargo area hooks, 12-volt power outlet and adjustable front seat belt upper anchors.
Available cube technology features include Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Rockford Fosgate subwoofer with six
upgraded speakers, XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately) and Interface System for iPod. For 2010, a new 4.3-inch color audio display with RearView
Monitor is offered on cube 1.8 S Krom Edition and with the SL Preferred Package.
The cube interior is offered in two color environments, Light Gray and Graphite. Light Gray, available in a quilted suede-like fabric with special natural wave stitching
only, is designed to create a relaxing contrast between the warm, light gray upholstery and warm off-black interior accents. The warm off-black Graphite interior, available in
two cloth grades, provides a combination of relaxation and more traditional driving enjoyment attitude. The cube 1.8 S Krom Edition features exclusive gray and black interior
Unexpected Power and Driving Ease
Just as cube has its own unique take on styling and interior design, the engineering team took a fresh approach to performance creating a vehicle that is easy to drive and
easy to handle in traffic. Cubes stress-free driving experience is the result of a number of factors: an extremely tight 33.4-foot curb-to-curb turning radius, a
tall seating position made possible by the tall body height, an extremely short hood invisible length (the area of the hood panel that the driver is unable to see) and good rear
visibility for parking and backing up.
Cube combines an advanced 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder with a choice of Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual
transmission for good acceleration response, smooth operation and fuel efficiency. The 6-speed manual is available with cube 1.8 and cube 1.8 S models, while the CVT
is available with the cube 1.8 S and standard on the cube 1.8 SL and cube 1.8 S Krom Edition. Engine torque is rated at 127 lb-ft.
Fuel economy is estimated at 27 mpg City/31 mpg highway with the CVT and 25 mpg City/30 mpg Highway with the 6-speed manual transmission.
Cubes suspension combines an independent MacPherson strut front design with stabilizer bar with a torsion beam rear axle with integrated stabilizer bar. Its comfortable, flat
ride is a result, in part, of the Ripple Control shock absorbers and the high body stiffness. Other standard equipment includes vehicle-speed-sensitive electric
power-assisted steering, power-assisted front disc/rear drum brakes and 15-inch wheels with P195/60R15 tires.
Cubes long list of standard safety features includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), seat-mounted driver and front-passenger side-impact supplemental air bags, and
roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection. Cube also offers standard front-seat Active Head Restraints, Tire
Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), along with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force
Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The 2010 Nissan cube has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Three Well-Equipped Models
The cube is offered in three well-equipped models: cube 1.8, cube 1.8 S and cube 1.8 SL.
Two option packages are offered the SL Preferred Package and Krom Edition. The SL Preferred Package includes the Nissan Intelligent Key with request switches on the
drivers door, front passenger door and rear door; Push Button Ignition, fog lights; 4.3-inch audio display; USB connectivity, RearView Monitor; upgraded speakers; Rockford
Fosgate subwoofer; and XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately).
The 1.8 S Krom Edition (available only on cube 1.8 S with CVT) includes exclusive upper and lower front grilles, fully integrated front and rear bumper fascias and body side
sills, rear roof spoiler and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, along with a custom interior with exclusive black and gray seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth Hands-free
Phone System, upgraded audio system with 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor and Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, aluminum trimmed pedals and new-for-2010 Nissan Intelligent
Key with Push Button Ignition. Cube Kr?m Edition is available in only four exterior colors Steel Gray, Bitter Chocolate, White Pearl and Sapphire Black.
More than 40 individual accessories are offered ranging from a unique 20 Color Interior Accent Lighting kit and shag dash toppers to aerodynamic body kits and custom
wheels allowing cube owners to personalize their vehicles to reflect their own tastes and needs.
Other accessories include illuminated stainless kick plates, rear cargo area organizer, wheels, aero kits and more. Three Accessory Packages are also available, which combine a
number of popular features: the Interior Designer Package, Interior Illumination Package and the Ginormous Package with both exterior and interior personalization parts and equipment.
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