Next-Generation Nissan Sunny is expected to go on sale in 2021 and takes design influence from latest Altima
Nissan has commenced the real-world testing of the next generation Sunny in the open in the United States and as you might expect will be the biggest upgrade its lifespan. Ever since the latest generation Sunny graced the international markets with radical changes to the design and thoroughly grown dimensions, the Sunny has been expected to get a similar treatment, at least on the exterior.
However, since Nissan has a comprehensive sedan portfolio in global scenes, the Sunny’s spy pictures indicate the influence of the Altima and you cannot help but appreciate the details taken from the Lannia concept showcased in Auto China 2014. The next-gen Sunny will have the latest take on Nissan’s signature V-motion front grille and the headlamps are stretched back.
The sharper headlamps go in line with the newly designed bumper and will have chrome bits to enhance the styling further. It is expected to have larger proportions with longer wheelbase resulting in a more pronounced side profile with larger windows and rear door giving a conventional silhouette.
It is based on the updated version of the V platform as the global-spec Kicks and Micra, and will likely share several components with the two models. The interior will undergo changes in design and functionality along with updated connectivity options and new safety features.
Of late, Nissan has been slashing the prices of the Sunny in India and it currently starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 6.99 lakh – far less compared to the main rivals such as Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. It will be interesting to see how Nissan stacks up the next generation Sunny in India.
The Japanese manufacturer exports more cars from India than it sells in the domestic market and Sunny is the main contributor. We reckon the next generation Sunny will have similar export importance and it could be launched sometime later next year before going on sale in 2021.
With an all-new City approaching in 2020, let alone the facelifted Verna in the coming months, the Sunny could have more hurdles than it already does as the Skoda Rapid and VW Vento replacements based on MQB A0 IN platform will likely debut around the same timelines as the new Sunny.