Nissan has started testing an automatic variant of the Sunny in Chennai. The test mule had a CVT (continuously variable transmission) badge at the tailgate confirming that it was indeed an automatic transmission.
Except for the badge and the transmission, visually, there are no changes in the Sunny automatic variant to differentiate it from the manual variant. Nissan offers the Sunny (known as ‘Almera’) in Singapore with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The India-bound Sunny automatic is speculated to have this very 4-speed automatic transmission.
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At present the Sunny is available in both petrol and diesel engines mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Sunny petrol is powered by a 1.5 litre motor that produces 98 bhp of maximum power and 134 Nm of maximum torque. The ARAI-certified fuel economy of the Sunny petrol is 16.95 kmpl. Also see: Nissan Sunny road test
The Sunny diesel is powered by 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder K9K engine that churns out 85 bhp of power and a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The ARAI-certified fuel economy of the Sunny diesel is 21.6 kmpl.
The Sunny automatic may likely be launched only in one variant, preferably the mid variant. The Sunny XL mid variant is currently priced at Rs. 6.93 lakh. Assuming the automatic variant will be priced Rs. 70,000 more than the manual variant, the Sunny XL automatic will roughly priced around Rs. 7.63 lakh.
The mid variant, XL gets all the features of the XE and in addition gets passenger airbag, integrated audio system with four speakers and aux-in port, automatic AC, steering mounted audio controls and rear comfort fan (AC vents). And along with an automatic transmission, the Sunny XL automatic will be an attractive ‘value for money’ proposition. Here is a price comparison of Sunny XL automatic (speculated price) with other automatic petrol sedans in its segment.
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Most of the cars in the C segment such as the Maruti Suzuki SX4, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid have automatic variants. Hence, it will be no surprise if Nissan launches the Sunny automatic soon.
(Source: Team Bhp)