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03 July 2014

Launched: Nissan Sunny facelift

Nissan's midsize offering has had a makeover, and now, it's on sale

Amaan Ahmed
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Ever since it was launched in 2011, the Nissan Sunny has been a less glamorous cousin to the more expensive Renault Scala. Now though, the Sunny has moved up in life with a proper facelift.

This is the refreshed Sunny, and though Nissan would rather you thought of it as a comprehensive overhaul, it really only is a cosmetic job. The headlamps now mimic the bigger Teana's, the alloys are new, the ORVMs have integrated turn indicators, the front and rear bumpers have been tweaked, and there's truckloads of chrome splashed liberally all around the car.

Inside, there's a new, Teana-like steering wheel with audio and telephone controls, an updated instrument cluster, and a piano black finish has been applied to the centre console, which also houses a new stereo. XV variants get a 5.1-inch screen which also doubles up as a display for the reversing camera.

Engine and gearbox options remain unchanged, so you still get a 1.5-litre, 98bhp, 134Nm petrol, and a 1.5-litre, 85bhp, 200Nm diesel. The five-speed manual is standard across the range, but the petrol can also be had with a CVT 'box. In fact, Nissan says the diesel Sunny is now more fuel-efficient than before, with an ARAI-certified figure of 22.71kpl. We'll see what that translates to in real world use.

It will be available in a total of six paint schemes, and there are three petrol variants - XE (Rs 7.29 lakh), XL (Rs 7.94 lakh), XL CVT (Rs 9.29 lakh), and five diesel variants - XE (Rs 8.33 lakh), XL (Rs 8.97 lakh), XV (Rs 9.73 lakh), XV Premium Leather (Rs 10.22 lakh), and the side airbags-equipped XV Premium Safety (Rs 10.02 lakh). All prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai.

Still a fair way off the Scala's price, but it is no longer the simplistic, vanilla offering it used to be. If you want to know more, here's our first drive.

Tags: sunny, nissan

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