Nissan Sunny Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Nissan Sunny Overview

Nissan launched the Sunny sedan in the year 2011 but quite frankly it never took off in the Indian market because its rivals offered a much better package and along with them came good looks which Nissan Sunny could not match but its biggest advantage was always its interior space which no other sedan can match.

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Now Nissan thought of targeting the sedan segment under the 10 Lakh price bracket with a new approach and that is perhaps the reason Nissan launched the facelifted Sunny in the Indian market today. Although this is only a facelift but Nissan did not wanted to take any chances and perhaps that is the reason why they have updated the new Sunny exterior appearance which looks quite effective and as a result the new Sunny looks more premium and aggressive in terms of appearance. Nissan also has made certain changes to its interior too and the new Indian spec Sunny received new multi-functional steering wheel and premium looking dashboard. Last but not the least the Diesel engine also received some tweaks and as a result of that it now returns an impressive fuel efficiency figures. We will talk about all those a bit later in this review. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Nissan Sunny Exterior

The Nissan Sunny has never been a looker, it’s a car with neutral styling and the massive length gives it quite the presence on our roads. The Japanese automaker has made multiple changes on the outside which make it look fresh amongst a sea of sedans now vying for buyer’s attention in the C-segment. At the front, the Sunny gets new headlights which are bigger and seem to have taken a slight inspiration from the Altima and Teana with its arrow boomerang shape finishing on the side running deeper into the body. The grille too is new and bigger with thicker chrome surrounds. The front bumper is new as well with a chrome lip while the new fog lamp housing gets a chrome surround. The side remains quite similar, the rear view mirrors are new with side indicators while new wheels caps/alloy wheels (Y-shaped 12-spokes) make a debut.

The rear carries the same tail light while the rear bumper is new with the lower half getting a faux black diffuser to reduce the visual bulk. A sedate rear spoiler is being offered as an accessory, the same is standard on the Sunny in some markets. A new short antenna has been added (shifting the position from the front to the rear), while the boot lid gets a chrome garnish. The Sunny continues to look like its predecessor but the minor changes do make it look appealing. Nissan wants to position the car towards the more mature audience and thus sporty colours (like red) have been discontinued, being replaced by more stately shades, a new black colour has been added which appears purple in the sun.

Nissan Sunny Interior

It is very remarkable on how Nissan used the same Micra platform for a spacious sedan. As soon as you step in the car, the first thing that you would notice is the interior room space. It’s a roomy car. I didn’t enjoy the driver seating as much as I enjoyed the rear passenger seating. The rear passenger seating follows lots of cues from its hatched sibling. The rear passenger has all the comfort of spreading his legs even after the driver`s seat is pulled behind completely meaning fantastic legroom.The seating design on this one works as an advantage in long rides The headroom also contributes in the same cause of creating a spacious sedan. The instrument cluster though doesn’t earn as many accolades as its spaciousness. The instrumental panel offers trip meter, fuel consumption, tachometer and the fuel capacity. The Fine-Vision instrument design looks very dull compared to its rivals.

The placement of A-pillars doesn’t hamper the vision and gives a nice and clear view to the driver. The interior of even the high-end XV variant lacks the high end feel. The quality of plastics doesn’t welcome you in the car. This is something where Honda City scores more. Centre dash looks very closely inspired from Micra, which I wondered why? Nissan Sunny even though is based on the Micra platform; it is not a sequel to Micra. It’s supposed to be a proper midsized sedan competing against Citys, Ventos and Vernas. The design of air-conditioner vents was very average and not something really different, which also continues to the quality of switches used.

Steering mounted audio control is a good touch. The large centre arm rest and the cup holders can also help you ease up the during the ride. The NVH levels are also on the higher side. I would like to make a special mention for the rear cooling of the vehicle. Nissan engineers did a smart job of putting a cooling system in the rear in form a 2 speed adjustable fan with nicely finished vents, which is really effective and also first in its class.

Nissan Sunny Performance

As you all are quite aware of the fact that the Sunny is available with both diesel and petrol engine options and also comes with an optional CVT transmission with the petrol engine while the rest of the engines are mated to a standard 5 speed manual gearbox. The 1.5 liter HR15 Petrol engine which comes with a displacement of 1498 cc manages to produce 99 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm while the same engine churns out 101 Ps of peak power at 5600 rpm while mated to a CVT Transmission however they both return almost same amount of torque 134 Nm at 2000 rpm to be exact.

Coming to the diesel engine the K9K dci diesel engine this too has been carried over from its predecessor and returns an impressive 86 ps at 3750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Nissan claims that the petrol engine on the Sunny now returns an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures of 16.95 kmpl with the 5 speed manual transmission while the same engine will return 17.97km to a liter of petrol while mated with the CVT transmission the diesel engine on the other hand now returns an ARAI certified 22.71kmpl.

The facelift Sunny has been fitted with the same Mcpherson strut suspension setup at its front while the rear gets Torsion bar setup. This suspension setup has been tried and tested on our Indian roads and thus it will be able to handle Indian roads with ease. The standard car gets 185/70 14 inch wheels while the XV premium variant gets the all new 15 inch 12 spoke alloy wheels.

Nissan Sunny Driving

The Sunny will continue to be positioned towards back benchers and thus this car isn’t about handling. Still, the vehicle is light on its feet, handles decently well and has decent grip on offer, as long as you don’t push it. The steering isn’t feedback rich but is light and that makes the Nissan Sunny easy to manoeuvre at all times. It does weigh up better than some of the cars in the segment and high speed stability left us nothing to complain about. The NVH levels could have been better though as road noise is apparent inside the cabin at high speeds. Braking performance is good and the ABS has been calibrated well.

Where the Nissan Sunny totally excels is in the ride quality department. It’s a sweet riding car, absorbing most of the bumps in its stride with relative ease. The suspension set-up is on the softer side, yet it feels mature and more than up for the job. The mature calibration of the suspension prevents bounciness over bad roads while also ensuring the car remains stable and tackles bad roads in its stride without much vertical movement. Lots of interior room along with a good ride quality makes the Sunny a very comfortable car for occupants.

Nissan Sunny Safety

The sedan is among the well-equipped and safest Nissan car models in India. All the variants of the sedan get ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and brake assist, driver airbag, central door lock, door ajar warning, immobilizer, key remove warning lamp, low fuel level warning, headlight on warning lamp and speed sensing auto door lock. Features like front passenger airbag, side airbags, seat belt warning lamp, anti theft device with alarm and front fog lamps are available only on the top-model.Braking performance is good. It gets strong front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The well-calibrated ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brakeforce distribution) and brake assist avoid skidding, and ensure safe drive. However, the brake pedal needs an improvement.

Nissan Sunny Cost in New Delhi

Nissan Sunny On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,69,773 to 11,26,917 for variants Sunny XE Petrol and Sunny XV Diesel respectively. Nissan Sunny is available in 6 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Sunny variants price in New Delhi. Check for Sunny price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Nissan Sunny Conclusion

The Nissan Sunny was a hot-seller but new rivals have come and dented sales of what the company likes to call a caaaaaaaaar. Still, the Sunny has a lot of potential as Nissan is very clear and focussed on whom it’s targeting with the car. Nissan is wooing the chauffeur driven and in that regard, the Sunny is still difficult to beat. While other cars in the segment are offering a lot of features, none offer this level of comfort at this price point. With fresher looks and a new positioning, the new Nissan Sunny is sure back into contention.

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