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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

The Nubira was introduced in 1997 as a replacement for the older, Opel based-platform of the Daewoo Nexia/Cielo, and the Italian I.DE.A designed it. Institute.

While the rest of the range was closer to the mid-size segment, the 5-door hatchback aimed clearly into the compact-segment. It was, probably, one of the biggest challenges for the Korean carmaker to make its way into the European market. Unfortunately, Daewoo's financial situation didn't become better, and, eventually, it filed for bankruptcy and ended up being bought by General Motors.

Nubira featured a biodesign-inspired styling from the outside, with not a single straight line on its bodywork. Its headlights were horizontally mounted but with rounded edges. Its sideline was identical to the sedan version up until the C-pillar, including the doors. It was an economic decision that made the car looks like it was missing a trunk.

Daewoo offered the car in 6 different trim levels: SE, EuroSunHatch, SX, SE, X-Series, and CDX. The SE's standard features included a radio and cassette player with a 4-speaker sound system, A/C, and central locking. While the SX was not equipped with A/C, it had a 6-speaker sound system, CD player, and powered windows.

The CDX trim level added alloy wheels, and the interior trim was upgraded. The Nubira EuroSunHatch featured a folding sunroof that extended to the rear passenger seats. Safety-wise, the only available systems were the front airbags and ABS. Overall, the car offered fair options for its price.
DAEWOO Nubira Hatchback 1997 - 1999 2 Photos
DAEWOO Nubira Hatchback (1997 - 1999)DAEWOO Nubira Hatchback (1997 - 1999)
DAEWOO Nubira Hatchback 1997 - 1999
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.6
  • 2.0

DAEWOO Nubira Hatchback 1.6

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 5800 RPM
106 HP @ 5800 RPM
105 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
107 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
145 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
114.9 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.3 in (4249 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.4/57 in (1,458/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
101.1 in (2568 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2522 lbs (1144 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3791.9 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.2 mpg US (12.3 L/100Km)
Highway
34.5 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
210 g/km

DAEWOO Nubira Hatchback 2.0

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
98 KW @ 5400 RPM
133 HP @ 5400 RPM
131 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
136 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
184 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.1 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.3 in (4249 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.4/57 in (1,458/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
101.1 in (2568 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2546.3 lbs (1155 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3791.9 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
Highway
32.6 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
24.7 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
227 g/km
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