Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Nissan Sunny Launched in India





Caption – Mr. Kiminobu Tokuyama, Managing Director & CEO, NMIPL with Mr. Dinesh Jain, CEO, HAI pose with the Sunny sedan for the Indian market, moments ago in Mumbai.

In a Mumbai press conference that is rolling as we bring this to you, Nissan has confirmed that it will use the name ‘Sunny’ for its sedan. The word “Sunny” according to Nissan depicts sun god which also means good beginning in the morning (surya namaskar).

Nissan has sold 16 million examples of the Sunny worldwide. The vehicle has just been launched in China and will also reach Canada and Mexico shortly.


Nissan describes the Sunny as a car with a premium design interior and exterior, roomy interior and good performance. Our man on ground zero says the car looks exactly the same as the US model as Nissan adds in the background that this is a “benchmark” sedan.

There are 52 operative dealers and 78 appointed dealers for Nissan who will retail the Sunny. It is powered either by a 1.5-liter diesel engine or a 1.6-liter petrol engine.


Exteriors
To start with, the Sunny’s front grille looks like a downsized grille taken from the Nissan Teana, but this however, gives a bigger look to the car. The wraparound headlights are quite attractive and gel well with the overall front contours of the car.


The car’s roofline tapers towards the rear as it would in a two door coupe, but this lessens the head room of the rear passengers. When looked at from the sides, the car’s design looks a little quirky and will take a while getting used to the asymmetric proportions.


Interiors

The Sunny has borrowed many bits from the Micra such as the steering wheel and chrome door handles. The lighter shades brighten up things on the inside. We expect the front seat to offer good thigh support while the rear leg room is massive; thanks to the long wheelbase (2601 mm) that has helped Nissan in carving out more user space for the rear passengers.
However, due to the drooping roof line at the rear, the headroom may be a little less. The 420 litre boot with a low boot lip will help load and unload luggage with ease.

Engine
The Sunny is powered by 1.5 litre petrol motor that produces 107.5 bhp of maximum power and 147 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Sunny sports independent struts at the front and torsion beam suspension at the rear. The braking system includes ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear.  The car has a turning radius of 5.3 metres and a fuel tank capacity of 41 litres. The car is 4,455 mm length, 1,694 mm width and 1,513 mm height.
Nissan is yet to get a break-through in the Indian market despite launching its small car, the Micra in the mass car market with both petrol and diesel variants. The Sunny, with compact-outside and spacious-inside looks, if priced competitively, might help the brand establish itself in the growing Indian auto space.


Stay tuned for price & more details on Nissan Sunny. We will get it right here to our readers asap.






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