Nissan, as an automaker, has been quite silent in the Indian market. While the carmaker did introduce to its mid-size SUV, the Kicks a year and a half back, it has not been in the headlines ever since. And whether or not the company’s entire line-up will make it past the BS-VI deadline is still an unanswered question.
The car you see above is the Nissan Sunny, which in its earlier days, was well-conceived in the Indian market. The lack of updates, Nissan’s mediocre after-sales service, and unproven reliability, however, dampened the sales of the Nissan Sunny.
But then, a glimmer of hope appeared last year as Nissan unveiled the new and upcoming Sunny, which is also known as ‘Versa’ or ‘Almera’ in international markets. It is still a mid-size saloon as the model it’s set to replace and it draws its inspiration and styling cues from the Kicks SUV, which we talked about earlier.
By the looks of it, the new Sunny is expected to get a forward-slanting stance with angular headlamps and the company’s signature chrome grille. Some piano black touches and lines across the bonnet can also be seen. What’s more, it will borrow the vertical fog lamp insert from the Kicks. In profile, it looks modern and fresh, and the new 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels match the overall stance. The rear, too, is nicely done, although it looks closely identical to the Hyundai Verna. Read on.
The new and upcoming Nissan Sunny seems to have grown in every dimension. While we do not have any official confirmation on the dimensions of the upcoming India-spec car, the outgoing model, for reference, is 4,455mm in length, 1,695mm in width, and 1,515mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,600mm and its base-spec variant tips the scale at 1,021kg. The ground clearance is a respectable 161mm. Moreover, the car has a boot space capacity of 490-litres and it can hold up to 41-litres of fuel.
Under the hood, the BS-IV spec Sunny comes with a petrol and a diesel engine. There is no official news on whether the company will carry forward these engines or the India-spec Sunny will debut new engines. As for the outgoing car, it features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol, good for 98bhp and 134Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel, which makes 85bhp and 200Nm of torque. While a 5-speed manual transmission is a standard fit for both the engines, the petrol also gets the option of a CVT automatic gearbox.
Yet again, we can’t confirm the fuel efficiency numbers for the new Nissan Sunny without any official confirmation. Again, for reference, the diesel-manual derivative is the most frugal at 22.71km/l, while the petrol-manual and petrol-CVT are rated at 16.95km/l and 17.97km/l, respectively.
Since the Nissan Sunny was always dwarfed by the competition for its mere equipment list, expect a whole load of new nice-to-have features with the upcoming model.
The official images from the International-spec car reveal the Sunny will now feature a 7.0-touchscreen replete with a healthy number of connected features (Nissan connectivity suite) and both Apple Carplay/Android Auto. It will also get some segment standard features such as climate control, electronically foldable wing mirrors, steering-mounted controls, keyless entry with push-button start, and much more.
The Sunny, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, namely, Onyx Black, Night Shade, Blade Silver, Bronze Grey, Pearl White, and Sandstone Brown.
All the details regarding the Nissan Sunny, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Nissan Sunnyis available in six variants, two in the petrol-manual configuration, three in the diesel-manual configuration, and one in the petrol-CVT configuration.The prices start at Rs. 7.07 lakhs for the XE variant going all the way to Rs. 9.94 lakhs for the XV D variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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