The Nissan Cube has made a name for itself being both funky and different. Nissan has always prided its quirky little five-door hatch as being perfect for the young, fashionable urban drivers—especially in Japan. To further cater to its core audience, Nissan recently announced a new special edition version of its refrigerator-on-wheels, the Cube 15x Green Komorebi Selection complete with some very questionable interior styling.
The Nissan Cube 15x Green Komorebi Selection’s exterior is the normal affair—or as normal as a Cubes can possibly be, given its asymmetrical rear door and wrap-around glass. Perhaps the only thing of note about the 15x Green Komorebi Selection’s exterior is its unique maroon hue, which is accented with pearlescent white paint on both the door mirrors and handles.
The interior is where the Cube 15x Green Komorebi Selection gets, err, interesting. For starters, the Cube special edition features something not seen in new American cars for at least two decades: crushed velour seats. Not only does this Cube have cushy velour seats, but it has green cushy velour seats. Lime green, like that used on your grandmother’s 40-year-old davenport. And what would green velour seats be without a four-leaf clover pattern printed on the sides of the seats?
If sea-sick green velour seats aren’t bad enough, take a quick look at the floorboards. The special-edition Cube sports chocolate-colored shag carpeting complete with questionable green highlights. The entire combination seems as if ’70s van culture got sick, and regurgitated its lunch inside a small Nissan.
So, what was the inspiration? Custom van culture? That 70′s Show? Leftover copies of Better Homes & Gardens from 1973? The answer lies actually with nature. The word komorebi roughly translates to “combination of sunlight and trees.” Creative minds can squint at the photo above and see roughly what Nissan’s interior designers were thinking (i.e. brown for bark, green for foliage).
While an interior like this might cause most westerns to laugh (or feel queasy), it’ll likely prove quite successful in Nissan’s home market — which, unsurprisingly, will be the only place the 15x Green Komorebi Selection will be sold. Such seemingly bizarre special-edition models are par for the course in that market (in fact, another Cube special edition — the 15x Four Party Edition — essentially used the same formula last year, and proved rather successful).
For those Japanese who are into that sort of thing, the Cube 15x Green Komorebi Selection is available in front-wheel drive form for 1,611,750 yen (around $20,085), and in all-wheel drive form for 1,839,600 yen ($22,945).