It’s seems like it is the season of new launches in the C2-segment. In the mid-size sedan segment, majority of the manufacturers are using ‘facelift’ as a tool to give a decent push to sales. Recently, Nissan also took the opportunity of the favorable season and launched the facelifted Sunny sedan, the 'Caaar'. The updated version was showcased way back at 2014 Auto Expo in February. It was launched at a competitive price of INR 6.99 lakhs and INR 7.99 lakhs for the base petrol and diesel respectively. A couple of weeks ago Ford also launched the facelift Fiesta. Both Sunny and Fiesta are struggling in the market bracing impact from Honda City and Hyundai Verna, eating up their large chunk of sales. We have made a quick comparo to know what’s new they are offering to their prospective buyers.
Starting with the front, Nissan Sunny has been drastically changed. It now sports an elongated chromed grille with a pair of new boomerang shaped headlights inspired from Teana. The front bumper is also revised which integrates single slat lower air dam and round fog lamps. The side profile shows no sign of changes but does get a new pair of alloys. The rear portion portrays subtle changes with a new boot-lid embellished in chrome and the bumper showing a dual-tone shade. The overall length of the ‘caaar’ is 4425mm, longer than Fiesta’s 4320mm, so expect some extra rear legroom.
Similarly, Fiesta was also showcased at the Auto Expo this year. Fiesta gets a fresh face from outside that depicts company’s new 'Kinetic 2.0' design philosophy. The front façade is more mature now with Aston Martin styled grille framework and new swept back headlamp cluster and revised bumper. The side profile boasts of new set of twin-five-spoke 15 inch alloys. While the rear section is now extended as compared to the previous version with new taillight cluster showing LED effect and tweaked bumpers.
Nissan Sunny carries a number of changes inside. The central console is replaced with an upmarket piano black finishing that lift the ambiance inside. The steering wheel of the new Sunny comes with a leather wrap and is inherited from its sibling Terrano. The central console gets swanky with a new 5.1inch infotainment panel that offers USB/Bluetooth/Aux-In/CD playback along with providing display for the rear parking camera. The sedan brings the same comfort level which includes