Nissan Motor India has unveiled its model for the midsize segment in India – which was speculated to be called Versa, Almera or Sunny got its official Indian name – ‘SUNNY’. The tenth generation Nissan Sunny is based on the popular V (Versatile) platform, the same as the one used in the Nissan Micra.
The Nissan Sunny sedan is a world class sedan and will be a fore-runner for most of the new products they will roll out from Nissan-Renault. In India, the Nissan Sunny mid-size sedan will be available in both, petrol as well as diesel options.
However, like the Micra, Nissan India will launch the petrol variants first with the diesel following up in a few months from now. At the time of the launch, the Sunny will be available only with a 1.5-litre petrol motor, a diesel variant of the car will be released in a few months time. The diesel engine would be the same 1.5-liter dCi unit which powers the Nissan Micra and the Renault Fluence in India.
In terms of looks, the Sunny appears to be quite large, especially when viewed from the rear three-quarters, with its big boot, long wheelbase and massive cabin. It gets some of its styling cues from the bigger Teana as well. On the inside, Nissan has tried to make the cabin look upmarket. Overall plastic quality and fit and finish are up to expectations.
The Sunny is very spacious from the inside too – it has more rear legroom than even a Mercedes E-class and Indian customers will just love that. The rear sets are pretty comfortable with decent under-thigh support on offer. The rear passengers also get twin AC vents with a dedicated control for the blower.
Speaking on the growing Nissan product portfolio, Dinesh Jain, CEO, Hover Automotive India said, “Unveiling of the Nissan Sunny could not have been at a better time than this. We have built a chain of 40 dealerships nationwide in a period of over one year and we are on schedule to open up another 100 dealerships by the end of 2012.”
The petrol variant of the Nissan Sunny will be manufactured at the Renault-Nissan alliance Oragadam facility in Chennai. Prices will be revealed only at the time of its launch, which is expected in the next few months.
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