Launched in September 2011, the Sunny was slotted between the entry level sedans on one side and the more expensive C segment sedans on the other end. The car offered class leading space along with a frugal diesel engine and clever CVT transmission with the petrol engine. However, it looks sober and this is where Nissan has decided to change the perception with the updated Sunny.
The new Sunny, shown at the 2014 Auto Expo retains the original design but with major changes to the front and the rear - for example new headlamps and bumpers. Likewise, though the interiors retain the same design, the car gets a new steering wheel, new piano black central console, a new audio system etc. Nissan has also worked on improving the overall quality of materials used.
The new Sunny comes with the same engine options as the old one - a 1.5-litre petrol with both a 5 speed manual and a CVT transmission along with a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine that is only offered with a 5-speed manual tranny. Both these powerplants remain untouched and put out the same performance as the older model.
The Sunny gets competition from cars like the Renault Scala but being cheaper than the City / Verna / Rapid segment, the Sunny comes across as a value for money propisiton given the long list of features like keyless entry and start-stop system, leather seats, rear air vents, best in class rear space etc.
The new Sunny will be offered in a total of 8 versions, namely:
PETROL : XE, XL, XL CVT
DIESEL : XL, XV, XV Premium Pack 1, XV Premium Pack 2