Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan announced its business transformation plans for its Africa Middle East India (AMI) recently, and the good news is that the brand has mentioned launching an affordable B-segment sedan.
Expectations in the industry are that the vehicle is likely to be a sub-4-meter offering, considering the segment is doing well. As is, Nissan only offers the Sunny in India. The sub-4-meter segment is a major volume driver and Nissan is sure to set its sights here.
A statement from Nissan read, "The company will build on Nissan's existing strengths in the region including continued growth in key markets and strong brand presence, maximising synergies with Alliance partners and leveraging an expansive and competitive manufacturing presence in South Africa, Egypt, India and Nigeria."
Rumor has it that the upcoming Nissan vehicle will share LED lighting, the touchscreen infotainment system, the instrument cluster, and connected technology with the Renault Triber.
Speculation is that the sub-4-meter offering which Nissan says will be affordable, could be based on the Renault Triber's architecture. The Nissan sub-4-meter sedan is likely to be powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that is part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
It is too early to speculate about power figures, but one can expect a five-speed manual to be offered as standard, with the possibility of an AMT and a CVT automatic.
Once launched (which is likely to happen only late next year), the new Nissan sub-4-meter sedan will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Honda Amaze, the Tata Tigor, and the Ford Aspire.
In Nissan related news, the brand has rescheduled the launch of its Magnite model in the country. The SUV was scheduled to be launched during August this year. The vehicle will now be launched during January next year. To know more, click here.
Thoughts About The Upcoming Nissan Sub-4-Meter Sedan
While Nissan's statement does point towards the Renault Triber, it really is too early to tell. We're a bit on the fence with this one. We just hope that the brand brings its own take to the new sedan, and not just change a few elements and rebadge it.