Nissan is all set to launch the facelift version of the Sunny on 3rd July 2014. As expected Nissan has worked only on the exterior of the car keeping its mechanics unchanged. These cosmetic changes include larger headlights, new grille, and new bumpers and the interior now has a piano black centre console, a new music system with Bluetooth facility, 3-spoked steering wheel, revers assist camera with parking sensors, new seat fabrics and door inserts. Top end variants can be fitted with leather interiors according to the customer’s requirement.
As mentioned previously Nissan has not altered the mechanics when it comes to the Sunny facelift. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with two tunings a 98 BHP and 134 Nm torque tuning and another would churn out a power of 100 BHP and a torque of 134 Nm with CVT. Mileage with a manual version will be 16.95 Kmpl whereas CVT will give 17.95 Kmpl. For the diesel 1.5-litre dCi engine, which now integrates an ECU remap which boosts the fuel efficiency from 21.64 Kmpl to 22.71 Kmpl.
Nissan is planning to feature its Anti-lock-Braking-System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system on the entry level variant which would also have a driver airbag. These are vital when it comes to safety. However these features would increase the cost of the Sunny in the entry level itself.
Variants of the new Nissan Sunny include:
- Sunny XE Diesel
- Sunny XL Diesel
- Sunny XV Diesel
- Sunny XV Diesel with premium pack 1
- Sunny XV Diesel with premium pack 2
- Sunny XE Petrol
- Sunny XL Petrol
- Sunny XL Petrol CVT
The top end, that is the XV variant will only be available with a diesel engine. Sunny has been in India for almost three years and it had to face defeat due to the competition in the sedan segment. Honda’s new City took almost the entire stage in the competition in this particular segment. Also Hyundai Verna, Ford Fiesta and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will be amongst a few Nissan should watch for.