Nissan has officially launched a Special Edition of the Sunny in both diesel and petrol. The top-end Nissan Sunny diesel XV special edition is priced at Rs. 9.69 lakh, while the petrol Sunny XV special edition is priced at Rs. 8.60 lakh.
The Special Edition Sunny is available only on the top two variants of the petrol and diesel models and is about Rs. 56,000 more expensive than the standard XV variants of the Nissan Sunny. With this special edition, the Sunny top-end is equal in pricing to the Renault Scala, but seems better value because of the additional features it offers. Also read: Nissan hikes prices of Micra, Evalia and Sunny
What’s new in the Nissan Sunny special edition?
The Nissan Sunny special edition gets a touchscreen Kenwood audio system featuring Bluetooth, DVD, and USB functionality, and it also incorporates a reverse camera for ease of parking. The reverse camera is something Nissan recently highlighted at its safety driving forum as well, as part of its plan to build safer cars. However, it does not come with parking sensors in addition to the camera. Incidentally, the Kenwood system in the Sunny is very similar to the one offered in the Mahindra Rexton, and it looks like Nippon Audiotronix, the company marketing this system is actively pushing this model across to a number of manufacturers, including Mahindra and Tata besides Nissan.
Besides the updated infotainment system, the car also gets leather seats, while the dashboard is dark grey and the seats are beige in colour. The car also gets a small boot lip spoiler that adds to the looks of the car, a chrome strip over the number plate and body side moulding. The addition of these features makes the Nissan Sunny, now much better value than its cousin the Renault Scala at the same price.
Standard features of the XV variant continue, such as power-folding mirrors, automatic climate control, ABS, two airbags, keyless entry, push-button ignition, and steering audio controls. The addition of Bluetooth and a reverse camera make the Sunny almost as good as the Hyundai Verna when it comes to features. It is slightly cheaper than the Hyundai Verna SX CRDi, which has all these features, but the Verna still beats it on engine power specifications. Also read:Nissan Sunny diesel road test and review
The Sunny is currently the best-selling car from Nissan in India, as the Micra, Evalia, X-Trail, Teana and 370Z are not selling enough volumes. Nissan is planning to introduce two more variants of the Micra and Sunny in the next few months – automatic transmission (X-tronic CVT) variants. It is also readying a compact SUV for launch at the end of the year, which will be a badge-engineered Renault Duster with some cosmetic changes as well. Also read: Five upcoming Nissan cars in 2013
Is the Nissan Sunny XV special edition worth it? Yes, we think the Nissan Sunny Special Edition is better value compared to the Renault Scala now – unless you really care about the looks of the Scala.