Its been more than eight years since the last Nissan Sunny was introduced to the world. The Sunny, also known as the Versa in many other parts of the world, is the company’s bread and butter model. Precious little was done to update the car and while it was spacious and had a decent engine, buyers preferred more flashy cars. Bringing a freshness to the whole proposition now is the all-new Nissan Sunny. Like before, this one is based on the Micra and also shares the new platform. Let’s delve a bit deeper, shall we?
Nice to know about the all-new Nissan Sunny. What’s new though?
Alright! The all-new Nissan Sunny does look attractive now and that’s the first thing you will notice. While in India we still don’t have the new Micra, it is but obvious that design cues have been shared. The family V-motion grille is present and adds flair. The peeled back boomerang headlights house a full-LED ensemble. New fog lights also make their presence felt. These also have cornering function. One will also notice the pinched effect on the bonnet.
A new design for the 16-inch alloys and a floating roof effect too can be seen. At the rear, the lights are again boomerang-shaped and are LED units. An inbuilt spoiler too is present.
Inside the cabin, one can see the updated instrumentation as well as upholstery. Most of it seems inspired from the new Kicks SUV. There is also a flat-bottomed steering wheel with Bluetooth as well as music controls on it. Nissan has finally given the Sunny a touchscreen infotainment system that also hosts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As far as engine options go, the international models get an updated version of the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor. This engine now makes 126PS of power and 155Nm. A 5-speed manual or a CVT is available with this engine. As and when the all-new Nissan Sunny comes to India, it will ideally have a diesel motor too. With respect to safety features, four airbags are standard along with ABS and EBD. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert are some of the features available globally though its anybody’s guess if these will make it to India.
Currently, the Nissan Sunny is one of the most affordable C-segment sedans in India. It is likely that prices will go up because of the BS-VI implementation, however it could still be priced very attractively. Nissan India desperately needs a volumes player and the Sunny could be the chosen one.