Nissan Sunny is a well elegant sedan which has 8 variants available in India in order to cater to the diverse population. It has its 3 petrol version while the remaining 5 are diesel versions. Sunny comes in 6 vibrant colours namely, Blade Silver, Bronze Grey, Deep Gray, Night Shade, Onyx Black, Pearl White. Despite being one of the best selling Nissan cars, its sales dropped due to the tough competition. In order to improve its sales, sedan underwent various exterior and interior upgrades, keeping the ENGINE mechanism the same.
The face lifted model underwent multiple exterior changes, while keeping the overall shape of the car similar to the old model. In case of its front end, it features new signature boomerang shaped headlights, modified bumper, more pronounced chromed grille and new fog lamps. Whereas, the side profile largely resembles the old version, except for the side indicators and new Y-design alloys/ wheel caps. ORVM with integrated turn indicators, antenna on the rear of the roof and revised rear bumper with a chrome strip are some of the prominent changes. The sedan is now also available in a new black colour which appears purple in sunlight.
INTERIOR & FEATURES
On the interior, the sedan gets all black theme, new centre Console with piano black finishing, greige (grey + beige) fabric upholstery, multi-information display with white lighting and new sporty steering. The other changes include steering mounted audio controls and hands-free phone function, rear reading light, reverse parking camera, automatic aircon, keyless flagship and push button start.
The updated model of the sedan is available with both petrol and diesel ENGINE options. The 1.5-litre, DOHC petrol ENGINE produces a maximum power of 97.7bhp at 6000rpm and 134Nm of a peak torque at 4000rpm. The 1.5-litre, K9K, SOHC, diesel ENGINE, also powers the Nissan Micra, Logan and Fluence, churning out a maximum power of 84.8bhp at 3750rpm with a peak torque of 200Nm at 2000rpm. Both the powertrains are linked to a 5-speed manual transmission; however, the new X-Tronic CVT gearbox is available only with diesel model.
The 1461 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 22.71 kmpl, while the Petrol variant offers a MILEAGE of 16.95 kmpl respectively.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The petrol power train produces quite decent performance, but the noise creeps in the cabin post 4000rpm. The tall gearshifts influences its performance over 120kmph. While the ENGINE takes time to pick-up from low revs in high gears, the clutch is light and the gearbox is sleek. The diesel variant of the sedan is slightly more efficient and engaging than its older version. It delivers an impressive performance on both city roads as well as on highway. The handling isn’t best in the segment, but decent with light steering and decent grip. Due to its calibrated suspension the sedan offers a brilliant ride quality.
Rapid being a robust and practical car it delivers flawless highway performance due to its powerful ENGINE and practical interior. However, it lacks in terms of its plain interior and noisy ENGINE. On the contrary, The Nissan Sunny offers outstanding performance and its spacious and well-equipped interior beats Skoda Rapid with flying colours.