The much speculated Nissan Sunny Diesel is here at last. The car was launched with a competitive pricing at Rs. 7,98,000 (XL) and Rs. 8,78,000 (XV), ex-showroom, New Delhi. The bookings for the Nissan Sunny diesel has been thrown open for the public and the customers can now book the car at any of the 47 Nissan dealerships across the country.
If you might recall, the Nissan Sunny petrol was launched in the month of September and the hugely successful midsize sedan has been receiving a lot of cheers. The Nissan Sunny diesel is available in two variants called XL and XV. The Nissan Sunny has been built on the global ‘V’ platform. The offers one of the best in class fuel efficiency and targets the fast growing demand for diesel cars in the Indian market.
The Sunny Diesel is powered by the famous K9K diesel engine, a product that came out from the Renault-Nissan alliance and boasts of a supreme fuel efficiency of 21.64 kmpl (ARAI certified). The engine has been developed on the inputs received from the customers. The Nissan Sunny diesel is built at the Nissan plant in Chennai and features a 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder KPK engine which pumps out 85 bhp of power @ 3750 and a maximum torque of 200 Nm @ 2000 rpm. The engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission. It is the first time Sunny is offered anywhere in the world with a K9K Diesel engine.
The Nissan Sunny diesel has been squarely aimed at young professionals. The Nissan Sunny diesel features the sophistication of the Nissan Sunny petrol and also boasts of roomy interiors and abundance of style quotient thrown in adequately. The Nissan Sunny is the second model from Nissan after the Micra to use Nissan’s pre-eminent ‘V’ platform that carries engineering to deliver a modern, light weight structure, which provides integral strength, robust ride refinement and dynamic on-road behavior.
Like the Nissan Sunny petrol, the Nissan Sunny Diesel also features high levels of active and passive safety features and technology designed to enhance both the driving and ownership experience. The car features advanced safety features such as Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Engine Immobilizer and Airbags.
The Nissan Sunny Diesel is being offered in six attractive colours such as Bronze Grey, Blade Silver, Storm White, Sapphire Blue, Onyx Black and Brick Red. Nissan India Motor Pvt Limited (NMPL) in a new trend has adopted a uniform pan-India pricing strategy whereby the ex-showroom price of the Sunny Diesel will remain the same across all states. However, expect some variations on the final on-price of the car depending on the values such as VAT, Entry Tax, Octroi and other local taxes levied by states/cities.
The Nissan Sunny Diesel is an exact replica of the Nissan Sunny petrol in terms of style and features present in the car. Nissan’s signature grille dominates the front and is flanked by jewel-shaped headlights with discreet but elegant chrome touches. Wide opening doors offer better passenger ingress and egress while muscular haunches, stylish curves and a neat rear spoiler adds a sporty touch to the silhouette. The diesel variant is 4425mm long with a 2600mm wheelbase that directly translates into roomy interiors. It offers rear-knee room that is on par with luxury sedans and gives passengers the opportunity to cross their legs in comfort. The large central armrest with cup holders adds a touch of luxury while the roomy 490 Liter trunk illuminated with a boot lamp provides loads of luggage space.
Independent front MacPherson struts with coil springs makes the ride smooth while the compact torsion beam rear axle further minimizes intrusion into the luggage area. Sub-frame mounted suspensions and anti-roll bars at both ends help reduce road noise and vibration. The long-travel suspension kits make the Sunny Diesel’s response much better to the most challenging of road surfaces.
Mr. Kiminobu Tokuyama, Managing Director & CEO, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, on the event of the launch said, “We are delighted to introduce the diesel variant of Sunny for the Indian market. At a time when Indian market is witnessing an increase in demand for diesel cars, Sunny Diesel with Nissan technology of high performance and fuel economy will be the right choice for our valued customers in their search for the most suitable sedan.”
G M Singh, Vice Chairman & MD, Hover Automotive India, Nissan’s Marketing & Sales partner said, “Introduction of Sunny is another major milestone in Nissan’s efforts to grow fast in the Indian market which is growing at much faster pace compared to many other parts of the world now. The fact that we are able to clock over 3000 sales for the Petrol Sunny so far reinforces our belief that Indian customers prefer Nissan’s products which are filled with innovation and excitement.”
The launch of the Nissan Sunny diesel certainly is the boost in the arm for Nissan India as there could be a spike in the diesel car sales which again reflects the new trend that has come to stay in India. Nissan India sold 2717 units in the month of November out of which 1131 units were that of the Sunny. You can read our Nissan Sunny car review here at carazoo.com.