Nissan Sunny Engine, Performance & Test Drive

Nissan Sunny Overview

The Nissan Sunny sedan, launched in 2011, received its first facelift in 2014. The sedan has been one of the best-selling Nissan cars in India; but with the rising competition in the segment, its sales started dropping. In order to improve its declining sales, Nissan introduced a facelift with major exterior and interior updates. Though, the engine mechanism remains same. The new model gets new signature boomerang shaped headlights, modified front and rear bumpers, chromed grille, new fog lamps, new Y-design alloys/ wheel caps and other styling changes along with a new black color. The all black interior with new centre console with piano black finishing, greige (grey + beige) fabric upholstery, multi-information display with white lighting and new sporty steering looks more premium than the old model. It gets some more features such as steering mounted audio controls and hands-free phone function, automatic air-con, rear reading light, reverse parking camera etc. Though there were enough exterior and interior changes made to the car, its engine options remain unchanged. It continued to feature an 84.8bhp, 1.5-litre petrol and a 97.7bhp, 1.5-litre diesel. A 5-speed manual transmission and a new X-Tronic CVT gearbox are on offer. It’s one of the most fuel efficient Nissan cars in India. The ride is very smooth and comfortable, but drive isn’t engaging. The NVH levels need an improvement, too. For information on contact details of Nissan car dealers in Chennai

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Nissan Sunny Style

The facelifted Nissan Sunny can be instantly recognized by its bolder front end. The bulbous headlights are replaced with larger Boomerang shaped units. The wide Nissan front grille now comes as standard across most of the Nissan sedans and it gets a dash of chrome to liven up things at the front end, you will also find the redesigned front bumpers which further add to the glamor quotient of the sedan.

Now walk towards the side profile of the sedan and you will notice that Nissan has replaced the old ORVMs with new sleeker ones while the front apron now boasts of a more sporty and dynamic design. The top end variant gets a new 15 inch 12 spoke alloy wheels which definitely adds to the styling of the sedan furthermore. The rear too gets a chrome trunk highlight on the top end variant while the other variants gets a black Slitter which makes the humongous boot look good.The Nissan Sunny is known for its generous proportions and class-leading cabin space. The new model continues to build on its qualities by creating a more stronger and contemporary look. The numerous aero-upgrades have helped achieve a very low coefficient of drag, this also aid’s fuel economy.

Nissan Sunny Space

Nissan had updated the Micra last year and that facelift had transformed the interiors of the car drastically. Similar changes now flow into the Sunny, which also gets a new centre console with piano black finishing. The AC controls see minor changes while Nissan has made heavy changes to the dashboard of the car. The instrument cluster gets a new fine vision meter which changes the way the console is lit, the multi-information display now getting white lighting. Lower variants still get a basic cluster. The steering wheel too has been ditched for a new and sportier unit. The new 3-spoke steering feels much better to hold and doesn’t come across as too big, the audio control buttons having a slick feel. The beige and grey interior has been replaced by an all black interior which looks so much better, invoking a sporty feel inside the cabin.

The rest of the Nissan Sunny remains identical. You get a cabin which truly has acres and acres of space, more so for rear passengers who can sit and stretch like they are in a lounge with 636 mm of legroom, easily class leading. Good headroom, decent under-thigh support (a bit lacking for tall passengers at the rear), two reading lights at the rear (there are four cabin lights), a chiller of an AC (with rear fan vents which pull AC air from the front), all play a big role in ensuring the Sunny is among the best cars in its class to be chauffeur driven in, the airy cabin further accentuating the backseat appeal. Our only gripe with the cabin is the doors don’t auto lock. Nissan has given the Sunny Bluetooth connectivity and the 2-DIN audio system with a 5.1-inch screen is new as well. The top variants (XV and XV Premium) also get reverse parking sensors and a reverse camera. The XV Premium variant is available in two optional packs – Safety Pack adds side airbags while Luxury Pack consists of genuine leather seats along with a leather wrapped gear knob.

Nissan Sunny Engine

The Sunny sports an all-new 1.5-litre gasoline unit putting out 99PS at 6000rpm and producing 134Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The engine is not just exceptionally smooth in delivering power, but also quite peppy and makes the car fun to drive. The initial zest and thrust of the engine however doesn’t continue for long and over 3000rpm it seems to run out of breath. The displacement-power ratio is in accordance with what is expected of a 1.5-litre powerplant but the car fails to be a mile muncher and is not really something that one would call fast, but then again, in this segment it doesn’t even need to be. Although the engine is remarkably refined, it lags behind in terms of performance. Cabin noise has been kept to a bare minimum and you really have to strain your ears to get any kind of audible hint that the motor is running. As much as we enjoyed the well-tuned engine, the five-speed manual gearbox was a major disappointment in our test car. The ‘box was not just notchy, but also imprecise to the extent that we had to work a wee bit harder in order to slot the car in the desired gear

Performance isn’t really the most important attribute for a car in this segment but as mentioned before this is one place where the Nissan Sunny will mildly disappoint those looking for a little spunk in their drive. In our instrumented tests the Sunny accelerated to 100km/h from standstill in 14.84 seconds which is more or less o par with all its competitors. Keep that right pedal pressed and the Sunny feels stressed as it lumbers on to its 164km/h top speed. While all that may be decent, where this Nissan lacks is in mid-range grunt – throttle up from 60km/h in fifth gear and you’ll take 26.73 seconds to get up to 100km/h. The Sunny’s front discs and rear drums are top notch but although the car can be brought to a standstill from 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, unfortunately the brakes of the test car felt much less responsive. However, what this segment needs and as is the most important factor punters look out for is fuel efficiency and here Nissan can hold its head high. This is one Sunny spot which can be taken to the hilt with the car dishing out 12.6kmpl in our in-town tests and 14kmpl on the highway. Many petrol hatchbacks deliver this sort of fuel efficiency so while the hotshot leaden-footed drivers need not apply here, the please-all non-intimidating type can always be rewarded with a balanced blend of performance and fuel efficiency from this Nissan.

Nissan Sunny Rideing

The Nissan Sunny flaunts an all new 3-spoke leather strapped tilt electric power steering wheel. It is quite light in maneuvering the sedan across the narrow streets and the sedan too responds almost instantly and precisely to the driver’s directions. The tilt steering wheel further facilitates the driver to adjust the steering position according to his/her comfort and convenience. Although, despite all this, the handling is just okayish. There is also a first-grade suspension system with Mcpherson Strut as front suspension while the rear one is Torsion Bar in the Sunny sedan. The manual transmission and the automatic transmission of petrol variants of Sunny touch the 100 kmph barrier from standstill in a mere 12.7 seconds and 12.1 seconds, respectively with a common top speed of 175 kmph. The diesel variant crosses the same barrier in a time frame of around 14-15 seconds with a top speed around 160 – 180 kmph.

Nissan Sunny Safety

One area where the Sunny scores is its fuel efficiency. The light weight and moderately powerful engines mean that the Sunny is not particularly thirsty. Nissan India claims the diesel Sunny manages 22 km/l in test conditions and the petrol CVT is close to 18 km/l. Of course, real world figures are lower, but oour experience has been that the Sunny really is among the most fuel efficient mid-size sedans in the country.

Nissan Sunny Cost in Hyderabad

Nissan Sunny Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,97,988/- (Sunny XE Petrol) to 9,50,497/- (Sunny XV Diesel). Get best offers for Nissan Sunny from Nissan Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Sunny price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Nissan Sunny Conclusion

The Sunny has always been the stepson of the segment, recommended to those who want value rather than features or snob value. No more, not with the features list that is now available with the Sunny. Nissan has gone for a relatively safe strategy and not offered a top-spec petrol (yet), instead preferring to promote the diesel. If Nissan manages to keep the 2014 Sunny within Rs 20,000 of its predecessor, it will make an extremely strong case for itself if you’re looking for an alternative to the segment’s usual picks, the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

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