Next-Gen Nissan Sunny To Debut This Month In The US

  • Apr 03, 2019

Nissan is all set to showcase the next-gen Sunny in the US on the 12th of April, 2019. Called as the Nissan Versa in the United States, this will be the eleventh generation of the popular Nissan sedan. Prior to this, the tenth-gen Sunny was launched globally in 2010 and in 2011 in India.

Recently, a camouflaged test mule of the sedan was spotted testing which hinted at its compact and long sedan structure just like the current version. As before, expect the new-gen Sunny to offer generous legroom at the back. It is one of the longest sedans in the compact-sedan segment with 4455mm length, positioned second after the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz that’s 4490mm long.

Expect the new Sunny to be built on modern design lines derived from its siblings Altima and the new-gen Micra. The upswept headlamps, coupe-like roofline, and sharp-looking taillamps appear to be upmarket at first glance. It is more like the outgoing Hyundai Verna from the front as well as at back - sharp and sleek.

Looking at the inside spy images, the Nissan Sunny’s cabin looks similar to that of the Euro-spec Micra and the global-spec Kicks. While the touchscreen infotainment system has been integrated inside the dash, the AC vents acquire place just over the screen in the centre console. However, the India-spec Kicks comes with a floating touchscreen infotainment system with AC vents positioned on either end in the centre console.

Under the hood, the 11th-gen Nissan Sunny is expected to feature a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged IG-T petrol engine that produces a max power of 100PS and a peak torque of 160Nm, built jointly by Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi. On the other hand, we can’t rule out the possibility of it getting the Euro-spec Micra’s 1.0-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol unit that generates 117PS of power and 180Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual. The IG-T, on the other hand, can come coupled with either a 5-speed manual or Nissan’s Xtronic CVT gearbox. The updated 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine of Micra is likely to fulfill diesel desires of the model.

The new Sunny is likely to be based on the Euro-spec Micra’s platform which is an updated version of the V-platform. This is the same Nissan V-platform that forms the basis for the Sunny and the Micra in India.

As far as India-launch is concerned, we don’t have an official word regarding the same yet. However, we expect the automaker to launch it in the country, primarily due to two reasons- one is that the current-gen sedan is one of the oldest sedans in the segment and second because of its not-so-impressive sales. While other compact sedans like City, Verna, and Ciaz have an average monthly sales of more than 1,000 units, Nissan manages to sell less than 50 units a month.

The outgoing Nissan Sunny in India is priced in the range of Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 8.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).


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