All previous editions of Nissan Sunny were all dull to look at and terrible to live with. And this new one, unveiled at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition, does not seem to be any better! It is the latest evolution of Nissan’s global platform which spawned the global compact car – the new Micra – last year.
The new Sunny Global Sedan will go on sale first in China in January 2011 and then progressively across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names.
Nissan introduced the Sunny to the Chinese market in 2003, and it’s being built there ever since. This economy sedan offers the basic qualities an average family looks for in their every day car, such as contemporary design, space, quality. But that’s it, there is absolutely nothing interesting about this car whatsoever.
Being an eco-car, the new Sunny will be powered by Nissan 1.5-liter HR15DE engine with dual injectors and a new-generation Xtronic CVT with an auxiliary transmission, both of which are newly introduced in China. It features MacPherson struts for the front suspension and a torsion beam for the rear suspension.
The new Sunny will be produced in Dongfeng Nissan’s Huadu Plant in Guangzhou and will be priced from RMB 82.8K to 112.8K (1.04 million – 1.41million yen).
Other cars in Nissan’s booth at the show are far more interesting. There’s the Tiana sedan, which is on sale in some countries as the new Maxima and features an Infiniti-like design plus a V6 engine with X-tronic CVT, and there’s also the world-famous zero-emission Nissan LEAF and the magnificent GT-R.