Nissan may launch Sylphy sedan in India by 2013

Nissan may launch the production version of the Sylphy concept sedan in India by 2013. The Sylphy may be priced around Rs. 14 lakh.

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Photo: The Sylphy looks elegant yet aggressive from the front with its wide grille and sharp headlamps

Looks, space and comfort

The Sylphy concept was showcased at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show last month. The Sylphy concept has a front grille similar to that of the Sunny and the Teana sedans. The headlamp too has a conventional design yet the day-time running LED lights give it a premium feel. The fog lamps housing has a radical styling. Also read: Nissan Sunny XL vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi: Buy the sedan, or the mini-MPV?

The strong crease line that begins at the top edge of the side swept headlamp cluster and continues to run through the length of the car, adds a tone of muscle. At the rear, the bumper looks conventional with a large side swept tail lamp cluster with LED brake lights and a thick horizontal chrome slat above the number plate.

The interior of the Sylphy concept has a conventional instrument cluster and central console layout. The three spoke steering wheel has V-shaped silver accents with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls. The seats are well sculpted and should offer good overall support. The boot space can also be expected to be at par with its rivals.

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Photo: Inside the Sylphy will be plush and we can expect good quality plastics and inserts

Expected Performance

The Sylphy is expected to be powered by a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder petrol motor mated to next-generation, XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). As per Nissan, the XTRONIC CVT will deliver better fuel efficiency than the regular CVT. Power and torque specifications are not known at the moment.

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Photo: The Sylphy sedan looks typically Nissan from the rear and remind you of its siblings

Competition

The Sylphy sedan will compete with cars such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura and the Renault Fluence. Buyers look for diesel powered vehicles in the D segment and that is why petrol-only cars like the Honda Civic suffers when it comes to overall sales. Hence, a diesel engine is crucial for the Sylphy to sell in significant numbers.

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