Japanese auto giant, Nissan India is speculated to launch a new CVT (continuously variable transmission) auto transmission version of its popular mid size sedan Nissan Sunny. Now the car has been spotted by the Team-Bhpian near Cubbon Park in Bangalore doing the testing rounds. From the looks of it, the diesel badging absent on the Sunny caught testing indicates that Nissan might be launching the automatic version of the Sunny with a petrol engine.
It is expected that the same 97 Bhp petrol engine of the manual transmission version with a peak torque of 134 Nm. Moreover, the cost factor may prevent the company from adding the automatic transmission in the line-up of already expensive diesel version of the car.
Nissan does sell the Sunny sedan with the continuously variable transmission(CVT) in the United States. It has been speculated that the same CVT transmission gearbox will be incorporated in the Indian version of the Sunny AT. A CVT gearbox is different from conventional automatic gearboxes, which use a torque convertor. The CVT gearbox uses a complex array of weights and belts, much like the Honda Activa and Suzuki Access 125 automatic scooters of this world.
The car was launched in India in December last year and it has been receiving a very good response from the Indian buyers. Now with the CVT automatic gearbox, the Sunny will only become more convenient than ever before for driving in crowded city conditions. The other automatic cars in the Indian C-segment car space are the all new Honda City, the Volkswagen Vento, the all new Ford Fiesta, the Hyundai Verna Fluidic and the Skoda Rapid. Of these, only the Verna is available with an automatic transmission for the diesel engined variants.
Source – Team-Bhp