Nissan is planning to give a makeover to its sedan, the Sunny which is expected to be introduced in India in 2018, as per a report on Autocar India. According to the report, the company has started working on the new Sunny that will be based on the Micra hatchback and while the international version of the car will be based on the latest V platform, the India-spec Sunny will be underpinned by CMF architecture which will help keep costs low. The new sedan will have extended wheelbase, hence offering extra leg room at the back. Speaking of the powertrain, the 2018 Sunny will get a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is currently used in Duster. The engine is expected to produce 104 hp of power and will be mated to a Nissan X-Tronic CVT transmission. However, the new generation Sunny is likely to miss out on a diesel engine.
Currently, the Nissan Sunny is offered with two engine options - a 1,498cc petrol engine and a 1,461cc diesel engine. The 1,498cc engine produces 98 hp of power and 134 Nm of torque, while the 1,461cc diesel engine churns out 85 hp of power and 200Nm of torque. The unit is mated to 5-speed manual transmission with an option of a Xtronic CVT transmission for the petrol engine. The sedan gets features such as power windows, power steering, music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth and front fog lamps.
In terms of safety, it gets Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), side and front impact beams for the driver and passenger, speed sensing automatic door lock and hazard warning switch.
The current generation Nissan Sunny is available at a price of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 9 lakh, ex-showroom. The next gen Sunny will stand against the likes of Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.