A Chinese website has revealed pictures of Nissan’s much anticipated V platform-based sedan ahead of the public display at China’s 8th Guangzhou Auto Show to be held in December 2010. The car is on the lines of a sketch that was revealed earlier and is most likely the Sunny.
In October, Nissan had revealed a teaser sketch of the global sedan. The interior pictures of the car, especially the steering and the central console is almost similar to the Nissan Micra’s interior. The exterior of the car looks as if the design engineers were inspired by the Nissan Teana and thus sculpted the Sunny in a similar fashion. Expect Sunny to be a mixed bag of Micra and Teana elements all over.
Both petrol and diesel engine variants will be offered. The petrol engine will likely be a 1.5-litre unit that would belt out roughly 100 bhp. Nissan may bring out similar specs in the upcoming Micra diesel as well.
Nissan relies on its smart V (versatile) platform so that it can sell the same model in the East as well as in the West without any changes. The aim of the V platform is to make financial sense in emerging markets while fulfilling the expectations of sophisticated markets such as Europe.
In India, the Nissan Sunny diesel will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Tata Indigo Manza. Nissan Sunny petrol will face stiff competition from the Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Linea and Hyundai Verna. Nissan will launch the Sunny first in the Chinese market and later, the sedan will be launched in India during the second half of 2011. Nissan will re-badge the car with a new name when it launches Sunny in the country. As of now word is that it could be called Versa or Tiida or a new name altogether.
All photos courtesy auto.163.com (Chinese)