After making its debut at the 2014 Auto Expo earlier this year, Nissan India has launched 2014 Sunny facelift in the country priced at Rs. 6.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated model comes with a host of changes to the exteriors as well as the interiors that make this capable and spacious sedan a lucrative buy in the segment. With slumping sales in the past, Nissan is optimistic that the facelift along with a repositioning will help the company sell the very capable ‘Caaaaar’ better.
The 2014 Nissan Sunny gets subtle design revisions inspired from the company’s international line-up. Changes extend to the front fascia that gets the new chrome induced grille with a slight flare and a revised bumper that features new fog lamp housing with chrome embellishments, which lend a premium appeal to the sedan. The headlight cluster now gets the boomerang design and is more angular and sharper to look at, than the curvaceous design seen on the outgoing model. Changes to the side profile remain minimal with the new ORVM integrated turn indicators and 15-inch alloy wheels (only available on the top trim) with a new sporty design.
The rear fascia on the other hand gets a new bumper with black inserts that has helped reduce the stout look of the 2014 Nissan Sunny. The rear otherwise is clutter free and blends well with the overall styling of the sedan. Moving on the inside, changes include a revised centre console that now comes with a piano black finish and features a 5.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, 2-DIN audio and automatic climate control. The new 3-spoke steering wheel offers much better feel and the new all black interiors replace the beige and grey colour scheme. The instrument cluster also gets mild tweaks.
Powering the Nissan Sunny are the same frugal and potent engine options which include the 1.5-litre petrol motor capable of producing 99 PS at 6000 RPM and 134 Nm at 4000 RPM, paired to a 5-speed manual and X-Tronic CVT automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine produces 86 PS at 3750 RPM and 200 Nm at 2000 RPM, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. While the mileage of the petrol model remains the same (16.95 km/l for manual and 17.97 km/l for CVT), ECU changes have resulted in the diesel version becoming more efficient with an ARAI claimed mileage of 22.71 km/l (previously 21.64 km/l). In terms of safety tech, the Sunny is loaded with safety features inclusive of driver side airbag along with the ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, all of which are available as standard on all variants.
Nissan will also be offering the 2014 Nissan Sunny with two optional packs namely Safety Pack that adds side airbags, while the Luxury Pack includes genuine leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. Competing in the C-segment sedan space, the Sunny is certainly a pleasing buy for those who want to be chauffeur driven, with oodles of space at your disposal at the rear. With fresher looks and more equipment on offer, the Sunny might just make its way through to being a top seller for Nissan.
Nissan is planning to come up with a total of 200 outlets in India by the end of FY 2014 and 300 outlets by 2016. Currently, Nissan has 128 outlets around 20 percent of Indian population has access to Nissan outlets.
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2014 Nissan Sunny Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) –
* Nissan Sunny XE (Petrol) – Rs. 6.99 lakhs
* Nissan Sunny XL CVT (Petrol) – Rs. 8.91 lakhs
* Nissan Sunny Diesel – Rs. 7.99 lakhs
2014 Nissan Sunny Petrol Price (ex-showroom, Mumbai) –
* Nissan Sunny XE – Rs. 7,29,354/-
* Nissan Sunny XL – Rs. 7,94,046/-
* Nissan Sunny XL CVT – Rs. 9,29,692/-
2014 Nissan Sunny Diesel Price (ex-showroom, Mumbai) –
* Nissan Sunny XE D – Rs. 8,33,696/-
* Nissan Sunny XL D – Rs. 8,97,345/-
* Nissan Sunny XV D – Rs. 9,73,553/-
* Nissan Sunny XV D Premium (Leather) – Rs. 10,22,690/-
* Nissan Sunny XV D Premium (Safety) – Rs. 10,02,248/-