Back in 2002 Nissan showed off its Cube II prototype. This was then released in Japan and caused something of a stir. It also provided some competition for the Toyota Scion XB.
The Nissan Cube's design team had four key themes of "naughty, relaxing, compact and agile" are embodied in the design. They sought a design with clear originality, functionality that provides "joy of use, and loyalty-inspiring appeal".
This seems to come across in the car which will hopefully see the light of day in the UK.