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World premiere: Nissan new Sylphy

Updated: 2012-04-24 15:39
By Hao Yan (

Nissan's new Sylphy, the company's next generation model, made its world premiere during the first media day of the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2012) in Beijing on Monday.

The new Sylphy, set to be available in mid 2012, is to be produced at the Dongfeng Nissan Huadu Plant facilities in Guangzhou. Following its introduction in China, the car will be launched in most major markets worldwide during the course of 2012 and approximately 120 countries by 2014.

Retaining the popular features of current Nissan models it upgrades design, perceived quality, roominess and performance. In fact, Nissan has virtually re-imagined the category, delivering premium sedan styling outside and spacious, quiet comfort inside with the latest "smart" amenities, plus remarkable fuel efficiency.

The front grille and LED-bordered headlamps contribute to the premium image and help create a modern look. LED taillights, a sharply angled trunk lid and eye-catching chrome trim add to the tastefully-styled one-class-above appearance.

Within the roomy cabin, passengers enjoy generous shoulder room and legroom one would expect in more expensive vehicles. The trunk's capacity is among the best in its class. Thorough noise isolation, vibration absorption, and an advanced suspension with optimized high-stiffness frame assure a peacefully smooth ride. Amenities for comfort and convenience include dual-zone air conditioning, Intelligent Key and keyless pushbutton ignition.

With its new 1.8 liter MR Engine and Xtronic CVT, the all-new global sedan delivers impressive fuel efficiency that aims to surpass all rivals in its class. A long piston stroke and dual variable valve timing control (Twin C-VTC) optimize combustion, while hydrogen-free Diamond Like Carbon coating on valve lifters halves friction and beehive valve springs reduce inertial loss.

The Xtronic CVT is lighter and more compact than previous designs, yet achieves greater efficiency and a wider gear ratio range, thanks to an auxiliary transmission with sub planetary gears and smaller pulleys.

This environmentally-friendly performance reflects Nissan's global Pure Drive commitment to reducing the carbon footprint and improving the cleanness of conventionally fueled powertrains.

Tech specs

Engine: New 1.8-liter MRA8DE

Gearbox: Xtronic CVT

Wheelbase: 2,700 mm