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17 April 2013

Nissan Sunny automatic prices out

Sunny now offers ease of driving and better fuel efficiency with a CVT variant priced at Rs 8.89 lakh

Devesh Shobha
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The Sunny sedan has been one of the best sellers for Nissan in India, thanks to a comfortable backseat ride and class-leading rear legroom that made it a favourite as a chauffeur-driven car. But the company now wants to make it more popular amongst the self-driven masses and this brings the new Sunny automatic into the picture.

The Sunny automatic is offered with a new, fourth-generation X-Tronic CVT gearbox, similar to the one doing duty in its lookalike, the Renault Scala. Power comes through a 1498cc petrol motor that now churns out 99.6bhp, that’s around 3bhp more than the manual variant.

Nissan is one of the fewer companies to stick with CVT technology when companies world over are switching to traditional automatic gearboxes. However, the Japanese car manufacturer has made quite a few advances with this next-gen ’box, resulting in the Sunny CVT to be smoother and more efficient than the manual variant. Nissan claims this 1040kg sedan runs a commendable 17.97km per litre of fuel, making it 20 percent more efficient than the manual.

As of now, the Sunny CVT is only available in the XL variant and is priced at Rs 8.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), making it Rs 1.67 lakh dearer than the manual. What it gets in addition are features like chrome bits on the inside, fog lamps and push-button start, along with the obvious CVT ’box. So is it worth spending that much extra? Have your say in the comments box below.

Tags: sunny, nissan

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