1 Oct 1999
By CHRIS HARRIS
Daewoo dropped the 1.6-litre engine for the Australian-made 98kW 2.0 unit in the significantly facelifted Nubira of late ’99, although sales of the old-shape Nubira 1.6 models continued until mid-2000.
More important than the new profile (sporting a redesigned nose and tail) were the revised suspension and steering for improved handling, stability and braking.
Refinement levels also increased, an upshot of improved mechanicals and an all-new cabin with a fresh dashboard.
Now down to a single CDX sedan and wagon (the slow-selling hatchback disappeared), all Nubiras came with a driver’s airbag, four-wheel disc brakes, improved seating and ergonomics, rear headrests, a split-fold rear seat, air-conditioning, central locking, power steering, electric windows, power mirrors and a CD player.
The optional Sports Pack included anti-lock brakes, passenger airbag and alloy wheels.
Daewoo announced 1200 limited edition Nubira X cars from August 2000, sporting alloy wheels and fancy trim.
The Nubira Limited Edition of early 2002 offered leather upholstery, keyless entry, alloy wheels and mock woodgrain trim.
Like the Lanos, the Nubira relied on price and a good warranty (FreeCare) to keep sales steady.
The much-improved, all-new Lacetti replaced it in September 2003. The Lacetti is the first fruit of the post-GM Daewoo era.