Nissan used this week's China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition to unveil its all-new Sunny sedan, a front-drive compact that goes on sale in that county in January 2011 and will subsequently be rolled out in 170 other nations worldwide under several different model names. While Nissan's U.S. execs won't officially comment on its status in America, the don't deny this new Sunny and a recently released sketch of the next-gen Nissan Versa are virtual dead ringers -- right down to their wheel design.
Based on Nissan's new global-V platform architecture, the new Sunny embraces the more aggressive exterior styling cues found in the rest of the automaker's latest offerings. Beneath that finely honed bodywork, the Sunny boasts an equally handsome and space-efficient passenger cabin that clearly bodes well for what's likely to be our 2012 Nissan Versa, albeit with the appropriately remade-for-America features and option sets.
The new Nissan Sunny will be fitted with Nissan's trick 1.5-liter HR15DE engine, super-efficient four that uses two fuel injectors per cylinder to improve efficiency. It will be paired with a new generation of Nissan's Xtronic CVT, a combo that's projected to give the Sunny sprightly acceleration and net it class-leading mileage stats. Underpinning the new Sunny is a suspension system that matches MacPherson front struts with a rear torsion beam axle, a combination Nissan says will give the car both low-speed agility and high-speed stability.