Nissan India is said to be exploring the option of launching a sub-4 meter compact sedan and a SUV here. However, a qualifier needs to be added here. Nissan India is yet to get a go-ahead for the compact sedan and compact SUV projects from its headquarters at Japan.
The sub-4 meter compact sedan from Nissan could be based on the Micra hatchback given that reports about such a car have been doing the round for a while now. Why, we even have had a render of the Micra based sedan surfacing on the interweb.
Currently, Nissan India has the Sunny sedan in its product portfolio but the Sunny is doing anything but well in the ultra competitive C-Segment space. This, despite the car being offered with multiple engine and transmission options, and a back seat that is one of the most spacious ones in its class.
Where will the Micra based compact sedan fit in?
The compact sedan space in India is good for monthly numbers of over 30,000 units, an opportunity no mass market car maker can choose to ignore. By launching a Micra-based compact sedan to take on the likes of the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Hyundai Xcent, Nissan will gain access one of the fastest growing segments of the Indian car market.
Coming to the sub-4 meter compact SUV being planned by Nissan India, not much is known about this vehicle. Nissan India already has the Terrano (measures over 4 meters in length) operating in the affordable SUV space. However, space for a sub-4 meter compact SUV definitely exists given the 10 lakh rupee+ on-road price and positioning of the Terrano, which is essentially a badge engineered product.
With Volkswagen India (Taigun), Maruti Suzuki (XA-Alpha) and Hyundai (Grand i10-based) readying up sub-4 meter SUVs for the Indian car market, this segment will see a big launch boom in the next 2-3 years. Nissan is said to be looking at a 2016-17 time line for its sub-4 meter car launches.