February 12, 2009

2009 Nissan Cube Krom - Pics, Specs & Prices

Hoping to build on the same Gen-Y mojo that has made the Scion xB a sales smash, Nissan has priced the 2009 Cube to move.

Starting this May, $13,990 will get you a Cube 1.8 with a 5-speed manual. With 122 horsepower, the Cube's 1.8 liter DOHC inline four-cylinder won't pin you to the seat, but it will deliver 30 mpg on the highway and haul four friends in reasonable comfort.

1.8 S and 1.8 SL models will offer Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic for the shiftless lot who would rather stomp and steer.

At the top of the heap lies the Cube Krom. Conceived in-house by Nissan's Specialty Vehicles Group, the Cube Krom comes from the men who crafter the fire breathing NISMO 350Z.

A limited-edition model based off the JDM Nissan Cube Rider, the Cube Krom features a chrome grille, front bumper, side sills and spoiler, along with 16-inch aluminum wheels which are — you guessed it — chromed.

But lest all this chrome craft the image of a Pep-Boys gilded econobox, the Cube Krom delivers a top-tier interior as well. The Cube Krom comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, iPod interface, Bluetooth, automatic climate control and various aluminum bits and baubles as well a six speaker stereo with a Rockford Fosgate-designed integrated subwoofer in the Krom's swing-out tailgate.

Those who opt for one of the lesser Cube models can choose from over 40 individual accessories, including a factory body kit, various styles of alloy wheels and a number of interior add-ons.

Stay tuned, as we'll have full pricing details for the mid-level Cubes as well as the popular option packages towards the end of the month. In the interim, head on over to the Cube microsite to learn more.

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