Nissan has increased the prices of the Sunny, Micra and Evalia moderately citing rising input costs and a fluctuating rupee on these cars. Incidentally, these are the three cars that Nissan manufactures locally in India, at Chennai, while the Teana, X-Trail and 370Z are imports.
The price increase is between 1.5% to 2.5 % across the variants among these three models. So how is this price increase going to impact your purchase decisions? Also read: Five upcoming Nissan cars in 2013
The price of the popular Nissan Sunny has gone up by 2%. Which means, the top-end Sunny XV diesel that had an ex-showroom sticker price of Rs. 8.96 lakh, will now be more expensive by Rs. 17,900, putting its ex-showroom price in Delhi at Rs. 9.13 lakh. The base variant of the Nissan Sunny which is the Sunny XE petrol, priced at Rs. 5.95 lakh, will be Rs. 11,900 more expensive, with an ex-showroom price of about Rs. 6.07 lakh. Also read: Nissan Sunny diesel road test and review
Incidentally, this price increase on the Sunny comes at a time when Nissan was offering a discount on the base variant (at Rs. 5.72 lakh), and has also come out with a limited edition offer – with a touchscreen infotainment system and parking sensors (available as an option) with the car. Also read: Nissan launches special edition Sunny
Even with the price increase, the Sunny is still far better value for money than its cousin the Renault Scala, which is still more expensive. The Sunny has sold an average of close to 1,900 cars a month, and is the company’s best-selling domestic model.
Prices on the Nissan Micra have gone up by a modest 1.5%, which means the top-end Nissan Micra XV Premium diesel that had an ex-showroom price of Rs. 6.43 lakh will now cost Rs. 6.53 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The base Micra XE petrol will cost about Rs. 4.30 lakh ex-showroom after the price hike. Next month Nissan is adding another variant to the Micra range – the Micra petrol with an X-tronic CVT automatic transmission. Also read: Nissan Micra diesel road test
While moderate price increases are acceptable for the Micra and the Sunny, the Nissan Evalia, in our opinion should have been spared a price hike. Prices on the slow-sellling MUV, the Nissan Evalia, have been increased by 2.5%, and this could further hamper its prospects. The top-end Nissan Evalia XV costs Rs. 10.24 lakh after the price increase, an increase of nearly Rs. 25,000. The base Nissan Evalia XE gets a Rs. 21,200 price increase, putting its ex-showroom price at Rs. 8.70 lakh, making it more expensive than the Mahindra Xylo (except for the top-end variant), and equal to the top-end Maruti Ertiga ZDI in price. The Evalia has been selling really slowly, only about 210 vehicles a month, thanks to production issues and a dealer dispute at Nissan. Also read: Nissan Evalia road test and review
Despite the price increase, the Nissan Sunny continues to be a value-for-money offering, while the Nissan Micra, is the largest exported car, but could do with a better push in the domestic market. Nissan has added ABS, a key feature missing on the Micra diesel, to the top-end variant now, while it still has all the other goodies such as push-button start, automatic climate control, key less entry, alloys, rear wiper etc.
If you were considering a Nissan vehicle, you’ll have to shell out a bit more, or wait for some deals from the company later in the year.