Rumour: Nissan working on new-gen Sunny, India launch in 2018

As per some media reports, Nissan is working on a new-generation model of the Sunny sedan. This new model will likely be launched in India by the end of 2018.

The new 2018 Nissan Sunny will essentially be based on the new-gen Micra, which was unveiled last year at the Paris Motor Show. However, the sedan will feature a longer wheelbase, as compared to the hatchback. The international models will be based on the V platform, while the India-spec Sunny will underpin the cost-effective CMF architecture, developed by the Renault Nissan Alliance.

The current Sunny gets a stretched layout to enhance cabin space, while ignoring the overall proportions of the exterior design. However, Nissan is reportedly looking for a balanced design for the new-gen model. This is being done to ensure that the car can compete with rivals like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.

The new-gen Sunny is likely to be powered by the new 1.5-litre H4K petrol engine that is found in the Renault Duster and produces 104 BHP. Interestingly, the report suggests that there won't be any diesel engine option on offer with the 2018 Sunny. However, with a significant chunk of customers in India still looking for diesel cars, Nissan India might offer an oil burner under the hood of the India-spec model.

Source: Autocar India

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