Nissan is all set to launch the face-lifted Sunny in India in June 2014. The refreshed Nissan Sunny gets bigger headlamps and a front grille, a revised front bumper with a chrome lining below the air dam and new fog lamp housings. The car also gets new alloy wheels. At the back, the refreshed Nissan Sunny gets a chrome strip over the license plate housing and the car also gets a new rear bumper with a faux black air diffuser in the centre.
Inside, the face-lift has also given the car a new leather wrapped steering wheel. The centre console, like in the Micra is finished in piano black. The face-lifted Sunny also gets a double-din stereo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity and features an LCD screen that doubles up as the display for the rear view camera.
Nissan will now fit all models of the Sunny with anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist as standard. While the car will also be available with front and side curtain airbags in top end versions.
Under the skin, the refreshed Nissan Sunny will remain identical to the current model with its monocoque chassis, McPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam at the rear. Engine options will remain the same too with the range of 1.5 litre, four cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Bronze Grey - Nissan Sunny
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
The new Nissan Sunny retains the same design theme as the earlier version but comes with a host of small changes and updates. For starters, the cabin gets a new color theme - light grey and overall quality of materails seems to have been improved. The second change one notices is the new steering wheel that is similar to some of the more expensive Nissan offers. This new steering also gets wide silver inserts to give that upmarket and premium look and feel. The wheel also gets controls for both the audio system and answering calls via Bluetooth. The speedometer console also gets white back-lightning now.
The central console gets a new piano black finish that was first seen on the new updated Micra last year. The audio system is also new and the top end versions gets a bigger unit with a 5.1 inch screen that also doubles as the display for the rear camera - this is another feature addition. The rear seats continue to offer class leading legroom and the rear air vents (not air-con vents, but mere air vents) makes things bearable in summers. Overall, small updates have gone a long way in improving the cabin when it comes to looks, feel and experience. Lastly, the top end version with premium pack will offer leather seats as standard.
Improved in terms of features and touch-feel
Rear air-vents should have been connected to the central air-con system
The Nissan Sunny impresses with its boot space of 490 litres. The 60:40 split fold down rear seats come as an added advantage as it can gobble up some more luggages or random stuff in the boot.
Nissan Sunny's speedometer has a nice classy touch to it. The dials are neat and easy to read.
In the Nissan Sunny, the gear lever is located well in the reach of the driver itself. The gear lever is placed in the middle console itself and now sports silver finish on it.
Nissan Sunny has double cup holders placed in between the two front seats. It also has cup-holders on the rear seats.
Nissan Sunny has a glovebox that carry usual tid-bits with ease.
The Sunny has a double-din stereo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, speed sensing volume control and four speakers and steering mounted audio controls for ease of use.
The air conditioner in Sunny is powerful with automatic as well as manual control vents along with climate control feature.
Arm rest is incorporated on the front and rear seats both.
The air vents in Nissan Sunny are mounted on the dashboard of the car and a couple of vents are provided on the backside portion of the front arm rest.
Seating accommodation is for 5 people in total, front and rear legroom and headroom is better than most cars in its segment. The headroom is designed for tall people. But the thin cushioning on the seats displays the cost-cutting. There is no seat-height adjustment though. The rear seats have very little under thigh support.
Ample of space in the rear means there's enough for passenger's to stretch their legs and relax. One of the best in the class!
The knee room in Nissan Sunny is about of 850/600mm and is also one among the best in its segment.
The shoulder space in Nissan Sunny is adequate and even 3 passengers in the rear bench is never a squeeze.
The headroom in the Sunny is s 950/940mm (F/R). The front and rear seat headrests can also be adjusted.
The Sunny gets a newly designed 3-spoke steering wheel. It also has comes with volume controls mounted on it. It's nicely wrapped in leather which gives it a premium feel. Only gripe is that it's only height adjustable.
The Sunny has power windows with one-touch up and down for the driver's window and anti-pinch function.
The keyless entry feature is available.
The driver information system has a trip computer with fuel indicator, dual trip meter and average fuel economy display.
While the new Sunny retains the same body shell as the earlier model, changes have been made at either ends up impart a fresh look - for example, the headlamps are new and bigger and somewhat follow the boomerang theme, something seen in other Nissan models internationally. The grille is updated and so is the front bumper with with new fog lamp inserts and even a clever horizontal chrome lining.
At the rear. the new Sunny gets a revised bumper with a larger chrome garnish. The antenna moves to the rear of roof and the car gets new wheel caps for lower versions and new alloy wheels for the high end versions. Overall, we like the new avatar though from certain angles, the Sunny still looks a bit sober. Given that top end models will cost over Rs 10 lac on-road, cars like the Verna / City in the same price bracket (though mid level versions) look class apart!
Lot of changes to either ends of the car plus new alloy wheels - we also love the new 'night' shade
Though it looks better now, the Renault Scala, we feel still has a better rear!
The Sunny has large head lamps and grille, chrome lining around the central air dam and fog lamp housings at the front.
At the back, the Sunny gets a chrome garnish on the boot lid and a black faux air diffuser in the rear bumper.
The top end Sunny models comes with alloy wheels, turn indicators in ORVMs and a chrome window line lend a more premium appeal to the side profile of the car.
Nissan Sunny has a ground clearance of 165mm.
Nissan Sunny has body-colored bumpers.
The Sunny has all new boomerang-shaped headlamps with chrome lining around them.
The rear view of the Sunny is similar with other cars in its segment except the tail lamp cluster that includes a rear turn indicator and reverse light. A new chrome garnish also runs between the tail-lamps.
The Sunny has round shaped fog lamps, along with an added chrome strip which gives it a premium feel.
The Nissan Sunny has tyres that are sized as 185/65R15.
The Nissan Sunny has 12-spoke alloy wheels sized 15 inches
The Sunny is equipped with electric mirrors that come with indicators on them.
Rear wiper is not available on the Sunny.
Rood rails are not available.
No Sunroof is offered in the Nissan Sunny.
There is no spoiler in the Sunny
There are no side steps in Nissan Sunny.
There's a full sized spare wheel in the Nissan Sunny
The 1.5 diesel motor is good to drive and is fuel efficient. There's very little turbo lag and it's super easy to drive int he city.
Diesel motor is good to drive and very peppy
Is a little noisy
Both the Nissan Sunny petrol and diesel models have adequate acceleration
In-gear acceleration of the Nissan Sunny is good
The new 2014 Sunny features the same transmission as before. The gearbox in Nissan Sunny is slick and easy to operate, the clutch which has been beefed up to take the extra torque, the gearbox in diesel Sunny feels heavier than in the petrol Sunny and as a result, constant gear shifting can take a toll on your left leg. The new Sunny CVT feels quick and smooth and its efficiency has been improved as per Nissan.
The Nissan Sunny is available in with a 1.5 litre petrol engine or a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The Petrol engine produces 99PS of power at 6000RPM with manual transmission & produces 101PS@6000RPM with automatic gearbox. The diesel variant is only available with manual transmission and produce 86PS@3650RPM.
Petrol engine produces 134Nm@4000RPM on the new 2014 Nissan Sunny, whereas diesel delivers 200Nm of torque at just 2000RPM.
The cabin is well insulated and there's no noise from the engine intruding inside. There's however a road/tyre noises whic seep in the cabin as the speed rises.
The new Sunny continues to use the same engines are the old one. However, Nissan has reworked the diesel motor for increased economy that now stands at a rated 22.71, an improvement of almost 5%.
Expect real world economy of 16-17 from the diesel in city and 11-12 from petrol (city conditions). Interestingly, the CVT transmission offers slightly better economy as compared to the manual one. On the highway, expect 22-24kmpl from the diesel and 16-17 from the petrol at speeds of 100-110km/h.
Diesel is very frugal. Petrol CVT is surprisingly efficient
|Diesel XE||22.71 kmpl|
|Diesel XL||22.71 kmpl|
|Diesel XV||22.71 kmpl|
|XV D Premium Safety||22.71 kmpl|
The diesel Sunny has a rated economy of 22.71kmpl which is an improvement over the earlier version. Expect the following figures in real world driving: City usagePetrol: 16-17 Highway : 22-24
The petrol Sunny has a rated economy of 16.95 for the manual version and 17.97 for the CVT version. Expect the following figures in real world driving: City usagePetrol: 11-12 Highway : 16-17
Handles quite well. Confident around corners. There isn't many safety features. You have to opt for safety package for it.
Good at corners and confident car overall
Very few safety features
The Sunny handles decently but is not as sporty as some of the competitors. There's a significant boy-roll while cornering hard and it's very clear that the car is tuned for comfort.
The Nissan Sunny is fitted with front disk brakes and rear drum brakes that are considered as the perfect combination for immediate braking. With the combination of the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with the Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and the Brake Assist (BA), the braking system is more powerful for giving the ultimate braking when applied.
Security features in the Sunny include driver and passenger airbag, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist.
ABS feature is available on the Nissan Sunny.
There is no traction control in the Sunny.
The Sunny is all about the space. There's so much space int he car that it leaves behind cars with bigger wheelbase and more expensive. Ride quality is good too.
Very comfortable rear seat. Oodles of space.
Suspension is little bumpy at higher speeds
Comfort is one of the Nissan Sunny's main forte. It can sit 3 in comfort at the back with any complains. Ample space with more than adequate knee and shoulder room, make Sunny a very comfortable car for the passengers.
Nissan Sunny comes with McPherson struts up front.
Nissan Sunny has rear suspension with torsion bar.
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Pros Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,
Cons Average Looks,
This is a not a beauty contest participant but a vehicle that delivers so much more. The kind of comfort and space the Sunny offers is unmatched at this price point. As both a chauffeur driven or a family car, the Sunny seems as an excellent option. The interior design is bland but Nissan has made up by offering features. The diesel engine is not a performance oriented motor but offers excellent driveability in city and yet is very frugal. I think the Sunny is one of those cars which have been underestimated in the Indian market. This car can do so good but sales have been bad unfortunately. I dont own one but couldnt stop myself from test driving my neighbor's car.
10 of 13 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,Break problem R & D could not rectify
Cons ,Every thing is good except break issue which is not reliable over a period
I bought Sunny CVT Petrol in Jan 2014 from Shawar Nissan Bangalore (KA05MP2406), since that time there is noise in break system, When we release the break slowly, Service centre tried to rectify the fault, they failed to rectify, the called Specialist from Chennai, once again R& D tried solution for the problem. once again my car was taken for repair, they failed to do. Finally they say the NOISE will be there and I have to compromise and live it with it. I did not had such problem HondaToyota or any Automatic cars, I have been driving since 25 Years. Please think many times to BUY CVT Nissan car.
37 of 44 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,More storage space in dash board.
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,I expect better fuel efficiency atleast 17-18 KmsLtr as against company's claim of 22 KmLtr
I am happy with the leg room, dicky space and interiors. Hand rests are not very comfortable. Dash board must be designed to accommodate more storage space. Fuel efficiency must be improved. Each owner give different claims ranging from 16Km to 21 KmsLtr. I do not find any consistency with regard to mileage. My car is not giving more than 14-15 Km driving in similar circumstances.
4 of 7 users found this review helpful.