A good-looking car offered for an attractive price, the facelifted version of the first generation released in 1997 was unveiled to the public in 2000.
The nameplate of “Nubira” meant “to go everywhere” in Korean, and that was the purpose of the model: to offer great reliability and style at a good price.
For 2000, the Nubira featured lots of modifications, no less than 90. The front and the rear were redesigned to look more modern and the side mirrors were larger for increased visibility. New fabrics were used for the cabin, as well as new seats were installed for enhanced comfort. Safety was also improved with the new child seat-tether anchors and three-point belts for all 3 positions.
Handling was improved with a rear stabiliser bar and the suspension became firmer.
The Daewoo Nubira was available in two trim levels: SE and CDX. With the base level SE, the customers got a 6-speaker sound system, a height adjustable seat and 4-wheel disc brakes. Power windows, mirrors and locks, as well as keyless entry, fog lights, a car alarm and a tilt steering wheel could be added through an optional convenience package for an extra fee.
With the better equipped CDX, the Nubira came with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control, antilock brakes and optional leather upholstery and a moonroof.
A single engine was available with the 2000 model, an Australian 2.0-liter unit that developed 129 hp. The powerplant was mated with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional automatic gearbox.
The Nubira was first launched in 1997 and was produced until 1999, and it was a replacement for the aged Daewoo Nexia/Cielo.
The Korean carmaker was rising, and its sales in the East European countries were rocketing. But soon, the customers started to ask for more, and the old Nexia/Cielo was no longer a trustworthy option.
It was developed as a replacement for the Opel based-platform Daewoo Nexia/Cielo and was designed by the Italian I.DE.A. Institute. Technically a compact, its exterior size is close to a mid-size sedan, while the station wagon was clearly out of the compact-segment due to its length. "Nubira" comes from a Korean expression meaning "to go anywhere."
Its design was not the most appealing, but it was decent for those times. The car was produced as a 4-door sedan, a 5-door hatchback, and a 5-door station wagon. It was available with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline engines. The customers could choose between a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
The Nubira came with six 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 power-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.