The New Nissan Sunny
is on the roads from the 20th September 2011 in India
. The car is the cheapest sedan
available in the market with a price range of 5.78 for the base variant and goes up to 7.68 Lakhs. The Car is expected to compete with likes of the Toyota Etios
and the new Hyundai Verna
. So what can you expect from it?
The Nissan Sunny
is built on the same platform of the Nissan Micra
. The Sunny has lengthy creases stretching all along the body, with eye catching floodlights. The rear is wide and almost similar to the upbeat Teana
The interiors of the Nissan Sunny
dashboard too copy the Micra. Everything from the music system, dials all reflect the Micra
except for the centre console. The front passengers are quite comfy and the brownish upholstery gives the interiors a calm and serene atmosphere. Even the materials used and their execution are better when compared to the Toyota Etios. The highlight of the sunny is the space area. The wheelbase is 150 mm more than the Micra and even the leg space is tremendous. However due to the low seat heights the thigh support suffers a bit. This can be a cause of concern especially on long escapades and you might be in for a regular stretch.
The rear occupants have a fan which comes as huge relief. The Sunny is equipped with a 1.5 litre petrol engine
capable of powering up to 97 bhp and delivering a torque of 13.6 kgm. The car is not a robust performer but has a good throttle response and decent pick up for the tricks and trades of your daily journey. The car breaches the 5000 rpm but begins to rattle as it moves upwards. The best to way to ride this sunny would be to hit right levers at the right speed and the engines will respond well. The manual transmission has five speed options which feel like the car is not in a hurry. So its better you know when to hit the right gears.
The road comfort is handled by the Macpherson strut
setup up front and a non-independent torsion beam at the rear. You might have to brace a few shocks but as the speed rises you will feel the smooth drive. The car is not racy to drive but it does have a zone of its own and settles nicely after a hint of body roll at the corners.
The car is available in XE
variants. The base XE has steel wheels, power steering, air-conditioning, ABS with EBD and a driver airbag. The XL has a rear defroster, wheel caps, climate control, beige interiors, steering mounted audio controls, electric adjust mirrors, rear blower vents, keyless entry, CD player with aux-in and airbags for driver and passenger. The XV gets 15-inch alloys, electric folding mirrors and keyless entry and ignition.
As of now the Sunny might not lighten up your spirits by having only a petrol option considering its other contemporaries all have diesel engines. The Sunny diesel is expected in a few months time although Nissan is not saying when. Over all the Sunny is a sensible car with a sensible price.