Nissan India has launched the Micra platform based 2011 Nissan Sunny sedan in India. The new Sunny sedan will stake its claim in the already over crowded mid-sized sedan category taking on the likes of the Hyundai Verna Fluidic, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Linea, Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki SX4 in India.
Based on the V-platform, the Nissan Sunny sedan will be built at Nissan’s Oragadam unit near Chennai. Powering the Sunny sedan will be a 1.5 litre petrol engine capable of churning out 97 bhp and 134 Nm of torque. As previously mentioned, Nissan has not introduced the diesel variant of the Sunny in India but rising petrol prices in the country might force the automaker to bring in the diesel variant sooner than expected. The diesel engine has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.95 kmpl.
In terms of looks, the Sunny appears to be quite large, especially when viewed from the rear three-quarters, with its big boot, long wheelbase and massive cabin. It gets some of its styling cues from the bigger Teana as well. On the inside, Nissan has tried to make the cabin look upmarket. Overall plastic quality and fit and finish are up to expectations.
Gilles Normand, Corporate Vice President, Africa, Middle East & India, Nissan Motor Company at the launch said,”We have been able to aggressively position it thanks to localization in excess of 85 per cent, which also reiterates our commitment to India and the Indian customer“.
The Sunny will be available in three trims – XE, XL, XV. Power steering, air conditioning, driver’s side airbags and ABS-EBD will be standard even on the base variant. Apart from this, the car will come with push button start like that on the Micra. The USP of the car though, will be the rear A/c vents which is a premium feature that Nissan will offer on the mid-sizer.
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