Reports online suggest that Nissan might bring in the next-gen version of their only mass market sedan here in India by 2018. The all-new Sunny is currently under development and could be showcased around the Auto Expo period next year. This new model will be based on the Micra hatchback (K14).
Just like the current version, Nissan will retain the primary USP of the Sunny and will bring it in a extended wheelbase version compared to the base car. Made-in-India, the new Sunny will also be exported to LHD & RHD markets. While the new Sunny will be developed on the Nissan V platform, the Indian version will be based on the more cost efficient CMF architecture.
Nissan wants the new Sunny to compete in a better way with other C2 segment sedans like the Honda City & Maruti Ciaz. To the new version will have a better balance between form & function.
Engines are expected to be carried over. The proven 1.5L K9K diesel motor along with a petrol option would be offered to customers. Also, the CVT automatic gearbox will be retained on the new Sunny.
Nissan hasn’t really been bringing in great sales numbers. The brand needs a car which appeals to the masses and helps the Japanese manufacturer climb the market share ladder in India.