Nissan Cube - a high 5-seater passenger station wagon class "compact". The second generation was released in 2002 and received the Z11 index. The base model is Nissan March. When viewed from the rear, some asymmetry in appearance is noteworthy. But this was not done for the sake of originality, but in order to provide a better rear view, while the luggage door of the new “Cuba” now opens not to the top, like its predecessor, but to the side. As for the luggage compartment itself, they obviously worked on it not only in terms of increasing its cargo capacity. The creators tried to think through every little thing to make the trunk more practical. The interior of the car is spacious, so it can be accommodated easily and comfortably. This is also facilitated by sofa-type seats, and high doors opening to a wide angle provide a comfortable fit. Nissan Cube is equipped with a 1.4-liter engine. In the lineup there is a modification in which the rear wheels are driven by an electric motor (e-4WD system).
The interior of the second generation Nissan Cube has changed significantly compared to its predecessor, it is characterized by simple straight-line shapes and generally vertical orientation to make the interior as spacious as possible in width and length. Increased and the height of the car compared to its predecessor. The rear seat slide allows you to change position by 220 mm back and forth, and the separate backrests have 7 fixed tilt positions. Three basic configurations are offered: BX (basic), SX (power accessories, remote key plus a set of options), EX (alloy wheels, climate control, etc.). In addition to the usual trim levels, special series that the Nissan Cube is accustomed to rich in are of great interest - with various distinctive features of the exterior and interior design, for example, plus Conran, Agiactive, Trabis versions. In 2003, the anniversary SX 70th model was released with heat-insulating glasses, an automatic lighting system, standard foglights. Enhanced equipment The SX 70th II has added a “package of the internal environment” with a plasma filter with ionic liquid. A special position is still occupied by the Rider category car, which was developed and tuned by the subsidiary company Autech Japan.
The second generation Nissan Cube (2002-2005) received a new CR14DE engine. In-line, 4-cylinder, DOHC type, with a working volume of 1.4 liters (1386 cc), it gives a maximum power of 97-98 hp. (at 5600 rpm) and a maximum torque of 136 Nm (at 3200 rpm). There are four modifications - Nissan Cube can be equipped with an automatic transmission (4-speed E-ATx) or CVT (Extronic CVT-M6 with 6-speed manual mode), front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (the latter with automatic transmission only). Gasoline consumption (AI-92, AI-95) in 10/15 mode is declared by the manufacturer at 5.8-6.3 l / 100 km, while the front-wheel drive version with a variator has the best performance. The capacity of the fuel tank is 41 liters.
Like the current-generation Nissan March hatchback, the Nissan Cube (Z11) compact station wagon has independent front and rear semi-independent suspensions. It is equipped with a gear rack type steering with electric power, disc front brakes and rear drum brakes. The dimensions of the body are as follows: length - 3730-3775 mm, width - 1670-1680 mm, height - 1640-1670 mm. Wheelbase - 2430 mm. A minimum turning radius of 4.4 m allows the Nissan Cube to easily deploy in narrow spaces. The car is equipped with R14 or R15 wheels as standard. Ground clearance - 145 mm. The maximum amount of luggage when the rear seats are folded is 1250 liters.
The second generation Nissan Cube is even better in terms of safety. The standard equipment of all Cube 2002-2005 trim levels includes two front airbags (side airbags are optional), an anti-lock brake system with an electronic brake force distributor and brake assist, seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, child seat fasteners. The body has zones of programmed deformation, stiffeners in the doors, guaranteeing a high level of protection for the driver and passengers in a collision.
The second generation Nissan Cube is still one of the best compact models with increased capacity. The car is very maneuverable, has an easily convertible interior and plenty of storage space. There are also disadvantages: a tendency to corrosion, although the suspension is quite comfortable, it is rather weak and needs attention. Many owners complain about aerodynamics (windage) and insufficient engine power. The modernization carried out in 2005 made a number of changes in the design of the machine and added a new more powerful 1.5-liter engine.