2014 Nissan Sunny: A new hope to resuscitate sales

Updated: Jun 12 2014, 19:56pm hrs
Nissan Sunny2014 Nissan Sunny is all set to reclaim lost ground with major exterior and interior upgrade.
Nissan will soon give the Sunny sedan, the caaaar, a new kiss of life. The 2014 model facelift was showcased at the Auto Expo and it is expected to be at showrooms by the end of this month. Sunny sedan has been facing stiff competition in the C-segment lately. Cars such as Honda City and Hyundai Verna grabbed the market, thrashing down its sales in the Indian market. The facelift would give Sunny a new lease of life and will certainly boost the sales.

Nissan Sunny is based on the V platform sharing it with the sibling Micra hatch. The new version is all set to reclaim lost ground with major exterior and interior upgrade. Starting from the outside, the car now gets a bigger grille with company claiming it could be another compelling style statement. The Nissan badge takes the center stage on the grille. The Teana like headlamp cluster is also revamped going deeper into the front fender. Chrome enhancement around the central air dam and the fog lamps differentiates it from the current model, posing a more grown-up look. The side profile is restructured with mirror-mounted side blinkers and chrome finishing across the window line. The sloping roofline gently runs into the seamlessly integrated boot. The new set of Y-spoke alloy wheels is also on the list of updates. Rear profile is somewhat similar to the ongoing model but receives chrome touching for added style and premiumness.

The 2014 Sunny receives host of improvements inside. The central console gets Piano Black finishing. The Terrano borrowed steering wheel with aluminum inserts and mounted audio control looks appealing. Silver finish on the gear knob and chrome touching on parking brake lever adds the premium touch. The central console also adds up a new infotainment system that features 6.1-inch touchscreen panel. The infotainment system gives access to navigation and reversing camera while USB, Bluetooth and Aux-In inputs are there for music fanatics. Sunny also comes with air-conditioner with auto climate control. Comfort level doesn't ends here. The spaciousness, for which this caaaar is known for, is still unbeaten. The leather adorned seats with perforated leather section ensures maximum comfort every time you hit the road. The rear passengers with plenty of knee and legroom enjoy relaxing position in comparison to close rivals. Sunny also gets a massive boot space of 490-litres. On the safety front, the car gets dual front SRS airbags while the top variants will get additional side airbags besides Anti-lock Braking system with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist feature.

Under the hood, there will be the same tried and tested petrol and diesel engines. The 1.5L HR15 petrol engine produces power output of 99.9bhp and 134Nm of peak torque. While on the other hand, diesel variants will be powered by the same 1.5L K9k motor generating 84.8bhp and 200Nm of max torque throughput. The petrol variant comes in two transmission choices; 5-speed manual and automatic CVT gearbox while the diesel variant comes with 5-speed manual transmission system only.

Pricing of the car is still unknown but it would be falling under the same price range as the ongoing model. Nissan Sunny is being sold with base price of INR6.30 lakhs and goes up to INR 8.48 lakhs in the petrol line-up.. The diesel powered Sunny starts from INR 8.48 lakhs and tops the chart with INR 9.86 lakhs, all priced (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).

Launched in 2011, Sunny tasted an instant success. Initially, it was loved by customers because of oodles of space and rich features inside. However, better eye-catching and feature loaded new cars outshined its fundamental strengths. But now Nissan Sunny has come up with strong suit especially tailored to cater requirements of car buyers in India and it would be offered at an attractive price tag as well. Nissan is looking for some serious volume gainer and Sunny seems to be the ideal car to go with.