Nissan Sunny Facelift Engine & First Drive

Nissan Sunny Overview

Nissan marked its entry into the Indian mid-size sedan segment with the launch of the Sunny. The car arrived in our country in its tenth-generation and apart from rivalling the likes of the Hyundai Verna and Honda City, it is a larger alternative to compact sedans like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Tata Zest. Here’s a look at what the Nissan Sunny offers and who should consider buying one. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Nissan Sunny Exterior & Style

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 & Space

This rather cheeky marketing campaign has been quite successful in highlighting its best features- cabin space. The Sunny is extremely spacious on the inside; it almost feels like you’re sitting in a purposefully built long wheelbase model. The 2015 Nissan Sunny offers generous space for five adults and room to spare for their luggage. The car is more refined and Nissan has upped the level of comfort. The dashboard looks and feels premium although, the basic layout has been retained even in this updated version as well however you get an all new Piano Black center console which has made things look interesting inside although the most noticeable change is the addition of new steering wheel (the top end variant gets new leather wrapped steering wheel) which comes with audio mounted controls Yes! My friends the Sunny now has its own steering wheel and no longer shares its steering wheel with the hatch Micra. The on-board 2 DIN Wide-display Audio System entertainment system supports USB and iPod and also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. The top end version gets a display screen for the reversing camera. Now coming to the most important part of the Sunny and this is the reason of its popularity in the Indian market, the facelift Sunny continues to provide the same spacious interiors for its occupants inside like its predecessor in addition to that now the Nissan Sunny comes with a refreshed and premium looking cabin. The new seats fabrics have made things even more interesting. You can also get rear adjustable headrests and leather upholstery with the top end variants. The Sunny provides an impressive 490 litres of boot space at the rear which is also a big advantage for this sedan.

Nissan Sunny Engine & Performance

The Sunny’s 1.5-litre, twin-cam, 16-valve petrol motor (codename: HR15) makes a decent 97bhp and 13.6kgm of torque. Down from 1.6 litres as in other markets, this 1.5 also has only one injector per cylinder, as opposed to two. But because it doesn’t have much mass to move, you will find it performs more than adequately. Its 12.6sec 0-100kph time is no match for a Honda City or a Toyota Etios, but isn’t too far off a VW Vento’s and you can see this in the way it drives. The 1498cc motor’s almost ‘square’ cylinder dimensions work at making part-throttle responses peppy and giving it decent mid-range and top-end power. The best bit about this engine is how well it pulls from low speeds, which makes city driving quite a breeze.

Power delivery is quite linear all the way to the 6500rpm redline, but isn’t as smooth or willing to be revved as, say, a 1.5-litre Honda City motor. It gets quite thrashy past 5000rpm and the Sunny works best when you upshift early and use the engine’s good part-throttle responses and excellent low-rpm performance to get you to speed. It’s easy enough to maintain cruising speeds, and overtaking doesn’t require too much downshifting.

The five-speed manual gearbox has a well-judged set of ratios, but the gearshift feels a bit notchy and there’s a fair bit of transmission whine as well. However, the clutch is light and this takes some effort off the gearshifts.As for fuel efficiency, it sipped a litre to travel 11.5km in the city, and 16.4km on the highway, and that’s better than a Honda City.

Nissan Sunny Driving Dynamics

This is clearly a car for the laid back rear seats. But the well performing petrol and diesel engines request to be driven at least sometimes. Now you can not push this car along corners, because even though the steering is precise and has a light feel yet adequate feedback, the long body make the car fishtail. The suspension is soft and very well made for our Indian roads. No matter how may the ditch or undulations this car seems to dampen them very well. There is no shock or effect that filters through the seats. The NVH levels are also very low. These are clearly features of something you would find in cars way above 15 lakhs.

Nissan Sunny Braking & safety

The kit, but it does without the alloy wheels, which otherwise add a much-needed dash of flair to the design. Both the XL and XV get an interesting feature – a rear seat air-circulation fan. The vents aren’t directly connected to the air-con but help circulate cool air faster.It’s the base XE that is poorly equipped. It doesn’t even get wheel caps and the hard, black interiors make it better suited for taxi duty. But even this basic model comes with ABS and a driver airbag.

Nissan Sunny Cost in Chennai

Nissan Sunny Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 6,97,871/- (Sunny XE Petrol) to 9,50,497/- (Sunny XV Diesel). Get best offers for Nissan Sunny from Nissan Dealers in Chennai. Check for Sunny Price in Chennai at Carzprice

Nissan Sunny Conclusion

There is no doubt in the fact that the Nissan Sunny facelift has definitely improved a lot in terms of its appearance while its upgr Sunny XV is well equipped, with features like keyless entry, power windows on all four doors, electrically folding mirrors, a CD player, climate control, ABS, EBD, driver and passenger airbags and alloy wheels. The lower XL isn’t too bad either; you still get the CD player, power windows and all the safetyaded interiors provides a much more premium feel inside. The diesel engine now returns an impressive fuel efficiency which will definitely attract lot of attention. Overall if you are looking for a spacious cabin with quality interiors and are not at all worried about the performance bit of your sedan then the Nissan Sunny won’t disappoint you at all.

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