Nissan Micra and Sunny discontinued in India

Team OD Updated: May 12, 2020, 03:09 PM IST

Nissan India has stopped selling the Nissan Micra hatchback and the Sunny sedan in India. Given that the Terrano was also dropped from the line-up sometime ago, the Japanese carmaker currently only sells the Nisan Kicks SUV and the GT-R supercar in India.

This seems to have been a result of the new BSVI norms that have being put in place. The Micra and Sunny were both available with the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that has now been dropped from the Renault-Nissan line-up. The Micra's close twin, the Datsun Go, will continue to be sold in BSVI guise with a 1.2-litre petrol motor. There doesn't seem to be any replacement for the Sunny in the works currently.

Nissan will launch a new turbo-petrol engine option for the Kicks SUV, as a replacement for its diesel engine.

This HR13 DDT 1.3-litre 4-cylinder unit makes 156PS and 254 Nm, and is a derivative of the engine that was showcased with the BSVI compliant Duster turbo-petrol at the Auto Expo 2020.

The turbo-petrol engine will be available in five variants, the 6-speed manual version will come in XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O) variants. The X-tronic CVT version will come with the XV and XV Premium trim options.

The carmaker's big play in India will be the sub-4-metre SUV that is under development, rumoured to be called the Magnite. Nissan India has already begun teasing the new SUV, which will be based on the CMF-A platform. These are underpinnings that will be shared with the Renault HBC SUV slated for a debut soon. The CMF-A platfrom is derived from the Kwid's underpinnings and also finds its way under the Renault Triber MPV. The Nissan SUV is set to debut by the first half of 2021 and should come with a similar set of engines as the Triber. These include a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol with 72PS and 96 Nm. The new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol revealed at the Auto Expo by Renault can also be expected here, with 100PS and 160 Nm.

The company confirms that the SUV will be manufactured at the Oragadam plant near Chennai, and will be primarily sold in the Indian markets. However, it will also be exported to other countries as well. While the design of this SUV is expected to take styling cues from the company's bigger SUVs, the cabin trims and the features list will have a premium touch.

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