Nissan’s all-new Sylphy touches down in Beijing
Words by Jose Carlo Roberto R. Sapera
Some of you might still recall the name “Sylphy.” It's actually not new in Nissan’s roster of cars and first appeared in Japan as the Bluebird Sylphy back in 2000, or what we call here as the Sentra Exalta. Five years later, Nissan dropped the “Bluebird” tag when the second generation was launched and was only made available in selected Asian countries. The Philippines was unfortunately not included. But at the 2012 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Nissan premiered an all-new Sylphy, and this time around, they said it's going global.
Just to give you an idea about its size, the Sylphy is categorized as a compact sedan and bridges the gap between the Sentra/Sunny and the larger Teana. From pictures, it's shaped like a downsized Teana, but injected front and back with inspiration from (of all places) a Lexus GS. Other notable physical attributes include LED tail lights and daytime running lights, and a strong outline that runs along the entire length of the car.
Like the Teana, the all-new Sylphy is blessed with luxurious amenities such as leather seats, Intelligent Key with an engine start-stop button, a dual-zone air-conditioning system, and a touch screen infotainment system. The addition of faux wood and silver accents on the dashboard and doors added to the vehicle's classy character.