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Cube to tempt user choosers

  • Japanese icon now on sale in the UK
  • Diesel version arrives in May 2010
  • Prices start at £14,000

Nissan has introduced one of its iconic cars in the UK that had previously been reserved for far eastern markets.

The Cube is a five-seat compact car that, the company says, combines practicality with its unique assymetrical design.

Using engines also found in the Note and Micra, the Cube will initially be available with a 108bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, but a 1.5 dCi diesel will be added to the range from May 2010.

The standard cube, priced from £14,000 includes a glass roof, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth integration and cruise control.

The Cube Kaizen adds the Nissan Connect audio and navigation system, a rear parking camera and full climate control.

The first 100 customers will receive the Cube LDN special edition, finished in bitter chocolate coloured paint and a matching suede interior, equipped with climate control, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and automatic headlamps as standard.

The petrol version is capable of 42.8mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 152g/km. Customers can choose a CVT automatic on the 1.6-litre as an alternative to the standard manual gearbox.

Since the first Cube was launched in Japan in 1998 it has gained clt status and more than a million examples have been sold.

Like the Mini and Fiat 500 customers will be able to choose from a range of options and accessories to personalise their Cubes.

It will also be relatively rare with only 2000 cars allocated to the UK during 2010.