Nissan India has made the teaser website for its Sunny sedan live. The website, although minimalistic in terms of the information revealed about the new product, shows the various models of Sunny from the year 1966. The company has chosen the tagline ‘Not just a car’ for the new sedan.
The site enables the user to register online so as to let the company representatives may get back to the prospective customners with more information. Apart from this the site talks a bit about the history of Nissan Sunny, and also helps the user locate a dealer close by.
The Sunny sedan is slated to be launched this festive season (read october). The car will be powered by 1.5 liter bpetrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine would be 1498cc unit with variable valve timing, and will dish out peak power of about 110PS at 6000 rpm, with peak torque rated at about 145Nm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, would be the same unit which propels the Micra diesel and the Renault Fluence. The engine produces 106PS of power at 4000 rpm and 240 Nm of peak torque at 2000 rpm on the fluence. The figures may differ slightly for the Sunny though.
Transmission duties will be taken care of by a 5 speed manual system. In the US, the Sunny sells with an Xtronic CVT auto transmission as well. We are not sure whether the auto tranny will make it to India though.
The Sunny is said to be a really big car from the inside. The cabin space is extremely generous with the legroom at the backseat exceeding even that of the Corolla Altis. Some reports even suggest that the legroom at the backbench in comparable to that of the Mercedes E-class. The boot too is reasonably big at 420 liters.
The size of the Sunny clearly puts it in the league of the Honda City and the VW Vento. It would, however be important that Nissan doesn’t get too carried away and price the sedan well. Even with all its virtues, a relatively new brand like Nissan would require a price advantage if it has to lure the SX4, Dzire and City customers into its showrooms. A price of Rs 7 lakh for the base petrol variant should be good. The diesel engine variant should undercut the SX4 diesel, vento and new Fuidic Verna reasonably pricewise to sell in respectable numbers.
You can visit nissansunnyindia.com to have a look at the site. Here we have some more pictures of the new car