Nissan has started shipping out automatic variants of the Nissan Sunny to its dealers before launch and the official price list is already out with dealers. The Nissan Sunny CVT automatic is available in only one petrol variant the Nissan Sunny XL CVT, priced at Rs. 8.49 lakh ex-showroom Delhi (in Mumbai it is priced at Rs. 8.92 lakh including Octroi).
The Nissan Sunny XL CVT and the Renault Scala CVT automatic that we tested a few months ago are identical mechanically, using the same 1498 cc petrol engine that puts out 98 bhp of power at 5600 rpm and 134 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to an X-Tronic CVT gearbox that is 13% smaller and lighter than conventional automatics. The CVT serves up multiple gear ratios (between 3.641 up to 0.427) depending on the engine RPM and load conditions. This results in slightly better mileage compared to the petrol manual transmission – the CVT variant has a claimed mileage of 17.97 kmpl. Also read: Renault Scala CVT automatic road test and review
What’s new with the Nissan Sunny XL CVT automatic?
Besides the CVT transmission which replaces the regular manual transmission in the Nissan Sunny, the XL with the CVT automatic option also gets a few more bells and whistles compared to the manual transmission variant of the Sunny. The Sunny CVT now comes with a push-button ignition and full keyless entry like the XV variant. However, the instrument cluster is the same as the XL (unlike the Renault Scala whose RXL CVT variant has the RXZ’s instrument cluster). Also watch: Nissan Sunny video review.
Other standard features such as two airbags, ABS, power mirrors, automatic climate control, steering audio controls remain. The Nissan Sunny XL CVT does not get leather upholstery, alloy wheels, fog lamps or a rear comfort fan, features which are present in the XV variant. And of course, the biggest draw is the interior cabin space that the car has, especially for someone who wants to be chauffeur driven. However, when you look at the pricing of the Nissan Sunny XL CVT it is about Rs. 50,000 cheaper than the Renault Scala RXL CVT variant.
Does that mean that the Nissan Sunny CVT, despite missing a couple of features, is better value for money than the Renault Scala RXL CVT? Share your thoughts on this. Which one would you pick? Also see: Renault Scala CVT video review