Spied - Nissan Sunny/Almera

Japanese car maker, Nissan Motors had announced that it will be launching its global sedan based on the ‘V’ platform by the end of this year and it was caught testing in India by Autocarindia.com. It was spotted somewhere near Chennai, where the sedan is going to be manufactured. This global sedan will be the second offering based on the ‘V’ platform after the Micra in India.

Nissan has launched the C-segment car in China, and has named it Sunny. Nissan Sunny is available in two variants in China. Don’t expect this car to perform too well in the style department because on the outside it looks like it was made by the same person who made the Swift DZire and on the inside it looks exactly like Micra. In China, the car sports two engine options:

• A 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine with 100bhp
• A 1.5L diesel engine with the same output

Looks are suggestive that the Sunny will not resemble the Micra too much and will be first launched in China followed by 170 countries worldwide. Nissan may not name it the Sunny in India as Bajaj has the trademark registered for that name. This car could be named Nissan Almera in India. The Sunny will have to battle it out against Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti SX4, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Linea and the likes. Expect the car in the second half of 2011.

The all new Nissan Sunny is expected to be launched in India as ‘Nissan Almera’, and the pricing should be in a range of 4.75 to 6.25 lakhs.

Also see – 2011 Nissan Sunny Sedan