Nissan Sunny launch preview: What you can expect from the Sunny sedan

Nissan India will launch the Sunny petrol sedan on September 20th 2011. The Sunny will likely be priced in the Rs. 6 – 8 lakh range, which lies between the entry-level sedan, Toyota Etios (Rs. 5.54 – 6.97 lakh) and the premium sedan, Hyundai Verna (Rs. 6.99 – 9.64 lakh). The company has localized the Sunny petrol up to 90% reassuring that the pricing will be competitive.

Fuel Efficiency

As expected, the Nissan Sunny is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol motor that produces 98 bhp of maximum power and 134 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The ARAI-certified fuel economy of the Sunny is 16.95 kmpl.

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Photo: The Nissan Sunny will likely be priced in the Rs. 6 – 8 lakh range

Nissan will launch the Sunny, powered by a diesel engine at a later date. The diesel engine for the Sunny will likely be the same engine that powers the Micra diesel, but the gear ratios will likely be different. The 1.5-litre motor of the Micra diesel makes a modest 65 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque.

Variants and Features

The Sunny will be available in three variants, XE, XL and XV. Let’s take a look at what each of these variants will be equipped with.

Nissan Sunny XE: The base variant, XE will get body colored bumpers, a roof antenna and green tinted glass on the exterior. On the inside, the XE will feature a drive computer, tachometer, digital clock, manual anti-dazzling mirror and a black interior color scheme. See our Nissan Sunny photo gallery here.

With regard to comfort, the XE will have electric power steering with tilt adjustment, a 12V accessory socket, a headlight on warning lamp, key remove warning lamp and a manual AC with filter. On the safety front, the XE will be equipped with ABS, EBD and BA (Brake Assist), driver airbag and door ajar warning.

Nissan Sunny XL: The mid variant, XL will include all the features of the XE and a lot more. On the exterior, the XL will have body colored outside rear view  mirrors, chrome plated outside door handle, chrome plated radiator grille, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, rear defroster and full wheel covers.

On the inside, the XE will feature integrated audio system with four speakers and aux-in port,  adjustable front head rests, adjustable rear head rests, rear seat centre armrest with cup holders and interior color scheme in Greige (Grey + Beige).  With regard to comfort, the XE will have an automatic AC, steering mounted audio controls, rear comfort fan (AC vents), front and rear power windows, driver side power window with auto down and anti-pinch function, central door lock, driver and passenger vanity mirror, boot lamp and remote keyless entry.

In the safety front, the XL will be equipped with front passenger airbag, anti-theft with alarm and speed sensing auto door lock.

Nissan Sunny XV: The top-end variant, XV will have all the features of XL and a little more equipment. On the exterior, the XV will get alloy wheels, B pillar sash black out and electric folding mirrors. Also read: Nissan to launch two new vehicles by 2012

On the inside, the XV will get a chrome-plated inside door handle, outside temperature display, fine vision meters, door trim fabric, front and rear door armrest finish, intelligent key with push button. It will be loaded with all the safety features that are there on the XL plus fog lamps.  The Sunny will be available in Bronze grey, Storm white, Blade silver, Sapphire blue, Onyx black and Brick red.

Competition

Nissan Sunny will lock horns with Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki SX4, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Dzire and Toyota Etios.

*All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, Delhi