This is the new Nissan Sylphy, as it’s called in China, but for South Africans, the Sentra nameplate is more familiar even though the model is no longer on sale locally due to dwindling sales.
Let’s pretend that C-Segment sedans are hugely popular and then you might be able to imagine the Sylphy being offered in South Africa. The truth, however, is that sedans are dying in the wake of the crossover/SUV craze and it’s the very reason that the Nissan Sentra was discontinued locally in 2017. The Almera, however, is still forging ahead. Unsurprisingly, Nissan SA has confirmed that the Sylphy is not coming to South Africa.
Nonetheless, the Sylphy is an all-new model that adopts a wider and lower-riding stance with improved aerodynamics. The Sylphy wears a black grille with a 3-D V-motion design.
Nissan has not divulged full engine details but it is stated that the Sylphy is powered by an all-new Nissan HR16DE Gen3 intelligent drive engine with an Xtronic transmission which is said to offer a linear, smooth driving experience. Nissan has also reworked the steering, suspension and increased body rigidity in an effort to improve handling performance.
The interior benefits from an 8-inch central display as well as a high-definition 7-inch transistor monitor which communicates information to the driver. The infotainment system provides seamless smartphone connectivity and voice command.