Nissan launched the Sunny on September 20th in three variants, XE, XL and XV in the price range of Rs. 5.78 – 7.68 lakh. Sales of the Sunny were slow to pick up, at least in the first ten days, with the company selling only 659 cars till the end of the month. However, sales are expected to increase now, as the company has been advertising the car extensively on television as a very spacious car. The Sunny comes with contemporary features such as alloy wheels, climate control; safety features and is yet cheaper than its rivals.
It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed gearbox. This petrol motor produces 98 bhp of max power and 134 Nm of max torque. When compared with cars like the Maruti Suzuki SX4, Toyota Etios and Hyundai Verna 1.4, the Sunny is slightly less powerful and is tuned for better mileage. ARAI approved mileage of the Sunny is 17 kmpl, which is decent for a car in this segment. Also read: Nissan Sunny unveiled
Unique design: Looks-wise, the Sunny feels upmarket with its Teana-like front face and chrome-rich interiors as in the Micra. The Sunny welcomes you with a large chrome grille, coupe-like roof ending and a large 490 litres boot. The bumpers house small round fog lamps and add a bit of muscle to the car’s front. The design takes time getting used to because of its radically designed boot similar to the Maruti Swift Dzire.
Longer side profile: The Sunny has a longer side profile when compared to its rivals. The long wheelbase of 2601 mm and a body of 4,425 mm has helped Nissan carve out more space on the inside, especially for the rear occupants.
Spacious interior: The interiors overall are bright and have ample space for all occupants. Thanks to the wide wheelbase, the back seat has enormous space in terms of leg room, head room and shoulder room as well. Even with a six foot tall person in the driving seat, there is more than enough legroom at the rear.
Convenience features: The Sunny has a smart key with trunk release function, a start-stop button (only on the top end variant), a multi-information display, automatic climate control, fine vision meters and steering mounted audio controls. The electric folding mirrors are a handy feature for daily commuting. The Sunny even has a rear comfort fan for spreading the cool air quickly inside the cabin.
Safety features: The Sunny offers safety features such as SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags, ABS with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and BA (Brake assist) as standard. It also comes with an engine immobilizer door-ajar warning, speed sensing door locks and an anti theft alarm system.
*Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi