Nissan Motors India are planing to introduce a sub-four-meter car for the Indian market. Sub-four-meter category proved unique to India due to benefits in the Excise duty. Excise duty on sub-four-metre vehicles at 12 per cent is half of that on the larger vehicles. Manufacturers reduce the length of their vehicles and launch them at competitive prices.
Almost every manufacturer in India is working on sub-four-meter entry-level sedan. Better late than never, Nissan has finally planned a compact sedan for India, after Honda, Hyundai, Ford and of course Suzuki. New compact sedan from Nissan is likely to be based on Micra or Sunny, which will be powered by 1.5 litre diesel engine which produces 64 PS of power and 1.2 litre MPFI petrol motor.
We expect this new compact sedan to be more powerful. Nissan Micra is based on V platform and the company already have a full sized sedan on this same platform, Nissan Sunny. The new compact sedan that will emerge in Indian market is likely to be a chopped off Nissan Sunny. Nissan Micra is having a length of 3825mm, Nissan Sunny measures 4425mm in length and Nissan Micra Active (old generation Micra) measures 3780mm. Adding boot to current generation Micra will make the new compact sedan look like Verito Vibe, chopping off Nissan Sunny’s boot will reduce the size of the car drastically by 425 mm and compromise on interior space and leg room. The new compact sedan will use just underpinnings of V platform and will match to the fresh design language of the company.
The company wants to have a strong presence in India with compact SUV and compact sedan segments. Nissan Terrano was a big success to the company and this time the company is thinking on similar lines to get into compact sedan segment. Almost every manufacturer in India has already planned one product in this segment. Tata, Ford and Hyundai showcased their compact sedan concepts at 2014 Auto Expo.
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Source: Financial Express