Nissan India has launched the new Sunny 2017 at prices starting from Rs. 7.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Sunny competes in the executive sedan segment against rivals like the Maruti Ciaz and Honda City, both of which are awaiting facelifts in the near future. As a result, Nissan too has brought in some very minor updates to the car in order to add freshness to its package.
The Nissan Sunny 2017 now comes with a new colour tone option – Sandstone Brown. Moreover, it gets some chrome inserts on the exteriors, especially around the door handles. Indian customers are often inclined towards chrome and treat it as a testament of a car’s premiumness. As a result, Nissan has tried to subtly use more chrome throughout the car’s profile to make it look a bit distinctive, as compared to the earlier model. The interior also has been updated, as the Sunny can now be opted with an all-black cabin. This includes striking black fabric seats and blacked-out dashboard panels.
No mechanical changes have been made on the Nissan Sunny 2017, as it continues to offer two powertrain options: a 1,498 cc, HR15 petrol engine that is coupled with a 5-speed MT or XTRONIC CVT, along with a 1461 cc k9k dCi diesel engine that comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. In terms of fuel economy, the 2017 Sunny diesel returns 22.71 kilometres per litre.
Nissan is also offering an aftersale service package that spans over a period of 2- years / 50,000 km (whichever is earlier). This package includes warranty as well as free Road Side Assistance. Availability of such an after sales package helps brands like Nissan to inspire confidence in prospective customers.
Features on offer with the car include intelligent key and start/stop push button. Standard safety features available with all models include anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA) as well as dual (front and side) airbags.
Nissan claims that it has sold over 16 million units of the Sunny sedan, globally. However, the Sunny’s Indian run hasn’t been as great. It has been overshadowed by the Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, as well as the Skoda Rapid and VW Vento. With the facelift, Nissan is planning to boost the Sunny’s sales a bit. Whether or not the Japanese automaker will be able to achieve this aim is still a mystery.