Nissan Sunny Performance & First Drive

Nissan Sunny Overview

Nissan Motor India Private Limited, the Indian subsidiary of Japanese autogiant Nissan, owns a fleet of vehicles, belonging to almost every segment from hatchback to SUV in the country. In the entry-level saloon segment, it offers the Sunny sedan which is truly a royal wagon to drive. Nissan Sunny hit the Indian shores firstly in 2011 and it was received considerably well by the auto freaks in India. But along the course of time it lost its glory and hence, in an awe to re-create the enigma and panache, the company has launched the second generation of the entry-level saloon in the country being cited as ‘Nissan Sunny’. It is more promising, advanced and striking than its predecessor and looks complete. Book a test drive for Nissan Sunny  in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Nissan Sunny Design & Style

The facelifted Nissan Sunny can be instantly recognized by its bolder front end. The bulbous headlights are replaced with larger Boomerang shaped units. The wide Nissan front grille now comes as standard across most of the Nissan sedans and it gets a dash of chrome to liven up things at the front end, you will also find the redesigned front bumpers which further add to the glamor quotient of the sedan.

Now walk towards the side profile of the sedan and you will notice that Nissan has replaced the old ORVMs with new sleeker ones while the front apron now boasts of a more sporty and dynamic design. The top end variant gets a new 15 inch 12 spoke alloy wheels which definitely adds to the styling of the sedan furthermore. The rear too gets a chrome trunk highlight on the top end variant while the other variants gets a black Slitter which makes the humongous boot look good.The Nissan Sunny is known for its generous proportions and class-leading cabin space. The new model continues to build on its qualities by creating a more stronger and contemporary look. The numerous aero-upgrades have helped achieve a very low coefficient of drag, this also aid’s fuel economy.

Nissan Sunny Cabin & Comfort

Nissan had updated the Micra last year and that facelift had transformed the interiors of the car drastically. Similar changes now flow into the Sunny, which also gets a new centre console with piano black finishing. The AC controls see minor changes while Nissan has made heavy changes to the dashboard of the car. The instrument cluster gets a new fine vision meter which changes the way the console is lit, the multi-information display now getting white lighting. Lower variants still get a basic cluster. The steering wheel too has been ditched for a new and sportier unit. The new 3-spoke steering feels much better to hold and doesn’t come across as too big, the audio control buttons having a slick feel. The beige and grey interior has been replaced by an all black interior which looks so much better, invoking a sporty feel inside the cabin.

The rest of the Nissan Sunny remains identical. You get a cabin which truly has acres and acres of space, more so for rear passengers who can sit and stretch like they are in a lounge with 636 mm of legroom, easily class leading. Good headroom, decent under-thigh support (a bit lacking for tall passengers at the rear), two reading lights at the rear (there are four cabin lights), a chiller of an AC (with rear fan vents which pull AC air from the front), all play a big role in ensuring the Sunny is among the best cars in its class to be chauffeur driven in, the airy cabin further accentuating the backseat appeal. Our only gripe with the cabin is the doors don’t auto lock. Nissan has given the Sunny Bluetooth connectivity and the 2-DIN audio system with a 5.1-inch screen is new as well. The top variants (XV and XV Premium) also get reverse parking sensors and a reverse camera. The XV Premium variant is available in two optional packs – Safety Pack adds side airbags while Luxury Pack consists of genuine leather seats along with a leather wrapped gear knob.

Nissan Sunny Engine & Performance

The Japanese automaker Nissan has presented the entry-level saloon Sunny in both petrol and diesel guises. The company has refrained from making any modifications in the Sunny; hence, retaining the engine specifications of the same phased out model. The petrol variants carry a 1.5-litre motor with them which has Electronic Fuel Injection Control as fuel system. The 1498 cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine is being christened as ‘HR 15’. It is capable of churning out a top power of 98 bhp at 6000 rpm with the manual variants while the automatic variant gets an exceeded power of 2 bhp which makes it 100 bhp at 5600 rpm. Though, torque remains common in form of 134Nm at 4000 rpm for both the manual as well as automatic variants. The engine gets coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a XTronic CVT transmission. Check for Nissan Sunny in quisicilia.com

On the other hand, the diesel avatars of Sunny are being offered with 1.5-litre K9K dCi engine which has been re-tuned to yeild a better fuel economy. The 1461 cc motor has Common Rail fuel system and it generates a maximum power output of 84 bhp at 3750 rpm along with a peak torque performance of 200 Nm at 2000 rpm. Sadly, there is not an automatic transmission on offer in the diesel fuel trim and the company has opted for its conventional 5-speed manual transmission in an awe to maximize mileage and performance.

Nissan Sunny Ride & Handling

The petrol powertrain delivers decent performance, but the noise creeps in the cabin post 4000rpm. The tall gearshifts affect its performance over 120kmph. The engine takes time to pick-up from low revs in high gears. The clutch is light and the gearbox is sleek. The diesel variant of the sedan is slightly more efficient and engaging than its old model. It delivers an impressive city and on highway performance. The handling isn’t best in the segment, but decent with light steering and decent grip. The sedan offers a brilliant ride quality, thanks to the calibrated suspension.

Nissan Sunny Braking & Safety

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.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.

Nissan Sunny Price in Chennai

Nissan Sunny On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 10,82,166 to 19,48,929 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 Chennai. Check for sunny price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Nissan Sunny Verdict

Since the Indian debut of this sedan in 2011, It is the most complete car in all the aspects. Be it the elegant exterior appearance, be it the luxury packed interior cabin or be it the avant-garde safety features and performance, it emerges triumphant in every aspect. Except for the loose handling and not-so-brisk acceleration with the diesel variants, it is a marvel; a true peach of a car that truly deserves its sticker price. So, if petrol is your flavor and performance is your priority, then choose Nissan Sunny, unarguably.

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