Nissan India is working on the all-new version of Sunny in the Indian market. The mid-size sedan from the Japanese manufacturer takes on the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. However, the Nissan Sunny is not as popular as its rivals in the Indian market. Nissan will launch the all-new version of the Sunny that is expected to increase the popularity of the sedan in the Indian market in the coming years.
Nissan has already started testing the next-generation Nissan Sunny in the international markets and ACI has created a speculative rendering, which shows how the upcoming sedan may look like. The upcoming Nissan Sunny is expected to draw inspirations from the Nissan Lannia concept sedan. The production version of the Lannia is already on sale in China but the Indian spec vehicle will look bit different to match the global design language of the brand. The Sunny is sold as Versa or Almera in the international markets.
The all-new version of the sedan is expected to arrive by 2020 or later in the Indian market. However, Nissan is yet to confirm anything officially. The all-new Sunny will be based on the V-Platform that underpins the European-spec Nissan Kicks and Note hatchback. It also underpins the all-new Micra, which has not been launched in the Indian market. The use of the new V-Platform will make the vehicles very expensive in India, which is why Nissan decided to launch the Kicks on the B-Zero platform in the Indian market. It is quite possible that the next-generation Sunny will go through the same strategy and it will be built on a different platform for the Indian market.
The styling of the Indian-spec Sunny is expected to be similar to the international models. On the inside, the all-new Nissan Sunny is expected to become modern and offer new-age features including touchscreen infotainment system and safety features like airbags and ABS as standard. The all-new Sunny is expected to be powered by the 1.6-litre petrol engine.
Nissan will globally launch the Sunny in a few months and will be on sale in many international markets. However, the launch in India may take some time due to the India-spec changes in the vehicle. Nissan currently offers Micra, Sunny, Terrano and Kicks in the Indian market. In the coming times, Nissan is expected to offer a wider range of vehicles in the Indian market. Nissan is also contemplating to launch the all-new Note electric hatchback in the Indian market in the coming years. However, it will not be a mass-segment product that will bring in volumes for the brand.