The 2012 Nissan Cube is getting a little more expensive, though not by a significant margin. The company chose to raise the base price $260 to $15,760, which includes a $780 destination charge.
The real news is that the decision to cut back from four to three versions of the box on wheels has been confirmed. Their top-of-the-line 1.8 S Krom Edition isn’t available anymore, leaving potential buyers to choose from the formerly mid-range 1.8 SL, the 1.8 S mid-range or the 1.8 S base model, priced $19,300, $17,200 and $15,760 respectively.
The Indigo Limited Edition is also available and costs $1,900 to add to the base model, making it slightly more expensive than the mid range car. That near $2 grand package gives you indigo seats, navigation, a rear view moniter, Rockford Fosgate audio, Nissan Intelligent Key and 15-inch aluminum alloys.
You can expect the same 1.8-liter inline four under the hood, making 122 hp and mated to either a continuously variable transmission or a 6-speed manual.
There are five new colors to choose from, though the only real change over last year is “Bali Blue” replacing “Sapphire Black Pearl.” Whatever they choose to call the shades of paint, we won’t be totally shocked if the cube sees further cuts after this year.
The strangely shaped car sold a sorry 198 units last October, well after we would have expected tsunami-related recovery to take place. It was also discontinued in Europe about a year ago. In fact, the vehicle hasn’t done well anywhere but Japan.