The Japanese auto manufacturer, Nissan increased some serious heat in the executive sedan segment with the launch of the Sunny, which is based on the Nissan’s versatile V platform. The Sunny is indeed a great car and has been commanding decent sales volumes month after month. Now, apparently it seems Nissan is going to go one step ahead and launch an automatic transmission variant of the Nissan Sunny in the first quarter of 2013. A member of Team-BHP recently caught the Nissan Sunny Automatic being tested near Bangalore, which featured a basic 4-speed CVT gearbox.
The gasoline version of Nissan Sunny is powered by a 1499cc, 4 cylinder engine that produces 97 BHP of power at 6000 RPM and 134 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. Currently this engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Features include driver side airbag, EBD and ABS. With an overall length of 4425mm, width of 1695mm and height of 1505mm, the Nissan Sunny is has oodles of space compared to any car in its segment.
With the automatic variant coming in, Nissan would directly rival the Sunny against models like the Skoda Rapid AT, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire AT, Hyundai Verna AT and the Honda City AT. Automatic transmission is the buzzword today in this segment and Nissan doesn’t want to be left out of the game. If Nissan can price the AT version correctly (which will be priced at Rs. 80,000/- more than the manual variant), it will definitely be a huge hit among buyers. Whether Nissan will launch the automatic version in diesel is still unknown.
Spy Picture Source – Team-BHP