It is cute and cheap, but the Nissan Cube couldn’t meet safety standards in the US. Well, this subcompact MPV lived short in North America and Europe, but it is one of the favorite models in its homeland. The company prepares the new 2019 Nissan Cube, and it could come back to the USA. Well, it won’t be a car we used to watch in the first years of this decade. It grew up, and now it is ready to take the second chance.
Multi-purpose vehicles are not as popular as they were. Crossovers and SUVs are killing their sales with versatility and price. But, the 2019 Nissan Cube could revive the interest in this segment. The new vehicle will combine the best features from both classes, making itself close to crossovers and MPVs. So, the Cube will take and mix design language of Nissan Quest, and Nissan Rogue, best-selling models in their segments.
2019 Nissan Cube Engine Specs and Hybrid
The 2019 Nissan Cube heading into the fourth generation. It will have some similarities with its predecessor. The third series of the MPV was launched in other markets besides Japan. Now, the fourth-gen model will try again the same recipe. But, in a different form. Back in 2009, when the Cube entered the North American soil, it brought a new engine with it. Now, ten years later, it could do the same.
The new 2019 Nissan Cube could appear as a hybrid model. Its petrol engines are small and not too capable. But, with slightly larger displacements, this MPV will provide better fuel economy. The last time we saw it in the United States, the minivan used a 1.8-liter gasoline engine. It was capable of delivering 122 hp and 127 pound-feet of torque. With electric batteries, the power output will gain about 20 ponies. Also, the 2019 Cube would become one of the most efficient vehicles in the market.
Besides the hybrid configuration, the 2019 Nissan Cube will come in standard, petrol variant. The new generation could add a new unit. But, it can’t make radical changes for Cube’s outputs. Currently, there are three options for the minivan’s engine room.
The first one is a 1.5-liter drivetrain. This engine can produce 108 hp and 95 lb-ft of torque. As said, the North American version is using a 1.8-liter displacement. It is the largest engine for the upcoming 2019 Nissan Cube. In Europe, this minivan used to have a 1.6-liter powertrain. Depending on the setup, buyers could get it with 110 or 120 hp. If the return is not likely for the US market, then it is impossible for Europe. There, the Cube was discontinued after just two seasons.
2019 Nissan Cube Redesign
Well, its name says a lot about the design of 2019 Nissan Cube. A cube on the wheels is very interesting. The boxy look was always attractive to US buyers. It brings back memories of classic vehicles. However, the new 2019 Cube also adds modern parts and features, so it looks more futuristic than old-school.
Leaked images are showing some stunning solutions for all pillars. We don’t know if it will be the production model, but surely the visibility can’t be transparent. On the other hand, we are not expecting big things from a subcompact minivan. The vehicle is not going to be longer than 160 inches. The wheelbase remains under 100 inches, and the minivan is 66 in wide.
The cabin of the 2019 Nissan Cube is not so spacious. However, the minivan can accommodate five passengers. The last time designers surprised fans with new cues and design. Now, after the big redesign, the interior of the MPV will shine again. We can’t wait to see what is Nissan preparing.
We can be sure that US versions will come with the latest infotainment features. Some of them we can find in other stablemates – Nissan Quest and Rogue crossover SUV. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard. Nissan IVI and NissanConnect apps are up to date. Navigation and premium audio will be available at high-end trim levels as standard equipment. Also, buyers can add leather upholstery or seats cooling for extra money.
When will 2019 Nissan Cube Be Released?
While we are still waiting for official updates about the US model, the company will release the 2019 Nissan Cube in its homeland very soon. In the first few months, the minivan will be in dealerships. On the other markets, buyers must wait until mid-2019. The hybrid drivetrain is not ready yet, and the minivan will be available when Nissan fixes all lack noted while testing the new system.
Back in 2009, the Cube drew attention with its styling and price. It is hard to find a vehicle under $20,000 and the minivan is going to cost less than $18,000. Of course, upper trim levels will bring the price above $20,000. We believe the hybrid will remain under this mark for the base configurations.