In late spring 2005, Nissan partially upgraded the compact five-seater station wagon Nissan Cube. The car has a slightly changed appearance. In the front of the body, the design of the bumper and headlights of the head optics has changed. The design of the radiator grill has changed - the slots in it have become round. At the rear of the car, new combined lights are striking, decorated with crystal lenses with LEDs. In addition, new body colors have been added. The most significant change was that the car can now be equipped with a new, more powerful 1.5-liter HR15DE engine, which has worked well on Nissan Tiida and Note models. Cars with this engine are equipped with an X-tronic CVT transmission. Modifications Cube and Cube Cubic with the previous 1.4-liter power unit are now equipped with only a 4-speed automatic transmission, although previously equipped with a variator. Innovations are noticeable in the cabin of the updated Nissan Cube 2005-2006. The dashboard was modernized, the seats were trimmed with new, better fabrics. Improved and quality finishes. With restyling, the designation of the complete sets has changed. The previous division of versions into BX, SX and EX was replaced by a new series: 14S, 14RS, 15M, etc. All-wheel drive versions are now referred to as “FOUR”. As usual, Cube is rich in special configurations, with distinctive features of the exterior and interior design, as well as improved equipment. A limited version created in conjunction with the Conran & Partners studio can be distinguished - such a “Cube” will offer dark chocolate and Irish cream body colors, a leather interior in original colors, where the most striking aggressive combination is gray panel tones and red leather seats (more modest option - brown with beige). With the V-Selection package, the car is equipped with a non-contact Intelligent Key access system, a new headlight dimming system, front fog lights, and a three-spoke steering wheel trimmed with genuine leather. The new top-end version of Rider Alpha II from Autech Japan will offer bi-xenon headlights, a sports exhaust, aluminum pedals and other features.
As the base engine of the Nissan Cube 2005-2006, the previous CR14DE unit remains. 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 now two modifications with this engine - both with a 4-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A powerful modification in the lineup of the updated Nissan Cube installs a version with a 1.5-liter HR15DE engine and a variator. The engine of the new family has a margin of 109 “forces” (at 6000 rpm) and a torque of 148 Nm (at 4400 rpm). In the fight for fuel economy, a very good consumption rate was achieved - 5.6 l / 100 km (in 10/15 mode), while the base engine consumes 6.1-6.3 l 100 km. The capacity of the fuel tank is 41 liters.
Like the current-generation Nissan March hatchback, the compact Nissan Cube (Z11) wagon has an independent front and semi-independent rear suspension. It is equipped with a rack-and-pinion steering with electric power, disc front brakes and rear drum brakes. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (with an e-4WD system that drives the rear wheels with an electric motor). 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 standard equipment of all Nissan Cube 2005-2006 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 and functionality. This is facilitated by sofa-type seats, a spacious lounge, and plenty of storage space. The creators tried to think through every little thing to make the trunk more practical. 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 power of the base engine. In early 2007, another model upgrade was carried out.