Nissan India’s highest selling model, the Sunny sedan is coming around for mid-life facelift and this new avatar is scheduled to officially launched in the country on 3rd July 2014. The Sunny Facelift was first shown at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show earlier this year.
The Sunny sedan has been in the Indian market since 2011 and has been a consistent performer, clocking impressive sales number for the company. However, in face of new competitors, the Sunny’s mediocre looks has started ageing in the market. This is why, the Japanese automaker decided to refresh the sedan - so that it can sustain in the Indian market for at least the next two years. That said, the changes made to the updated Sunny are limited only to cosmetic and feature updates, while the mechanical bits remain unchanged.
Visually, the Sunny Facelift sports a new front fascia with a re-designed grille, bumper and headlight assembly. The The grille has also been garnished with some serious amount of chrome, while it has also been contoured to look bold. The headlight assembly has ditched the curves seen in the earlier model and instead, features a more angular look. The bumper now holds new fog lamps. The ORVMs on the other hand, now also holds the turn indicators. At the back, there is a new bumper along with a spoiler, which now comes as standard. The bottom half of the rear bumper has now been blackened out to add to the sporty look of the new Sunny. The model also features auto folding mirrors and new 15-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Sunny Facelift has got a new console, which is finished in black. The centre console also features an updated infotainment system, which boasts of a 2-DIN radio, 6.1-inch touch screen DVD player and Bluetooth connectivity. The steering wheel has been re-designed as well, which now gets a new leather-wrap and also accommodates audio controls. The model has been equipped with the start-stop system as well, to lower fuel consumption. Feature wise, the new Nissan Sunny has been equipped with standard safety tech such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, side airbags and Brake Assist.
As mentioned earlier, the mechanical bits on the new model remains unchanged. Which means, the Sunny facelift will continue to use the same 1.5-litre petrol unit and the 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine that are rated at 99PS/134Nm and 86PS/200Nm respectively. Thanks to the ECU remap, the diesel Sunny returns a mileage of 22.71 kmpl as against 21.64 kmpl of the out-going model. A total of eight variate of the Sunny Facelift will be offered on sale: 3 petrol and 5 diesel. A new body colour is also expected to debut.
In the Indian market, the new Nissan Sunny will compete with the likes of Toyota Etios, Chevrolet Sail, Mahindra Verito and the Honda City to name a few.