Nissan Sylphy EV Wants A Bite Out Of China’s EV Market

Earlier this week Nissan announced a mysterious electric model for the 2018 Beijing Auto Show – and now we know what it is.

Meet the Sylphy EV, a zero-emission version of Nissan’s China-only compact sedan.

These images from China’s PCauto reveal a design similar to the regular versions of the vehicle, with the exception of the front end, which gets a Leaf-like styling, and the electric badges on the front doors.

Details are scarce at the time of writing, but the new Sylphy EV is said to use an electric motor that delivers 109 horsepower. Top speed stands at 144km/h (90mph), but there’s no word on its range yet. Still, the Chinese publication estimates that it should be able to travel for around 200-250km (124-155 miles) on a single charge, or pretty much the same as the new Leaf in real world conditions.

Read also: Mercedes A-Class Sedan Could Debut In China Later This Month

The Sylphy EV will celebrate its public debut on April 25, during the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and will be assembled locally by Dongfeng-Nissan. Moreover, Dongfeng is believed to sell a rebadged version of Nissan’s new electric car, as will the Venucia brand.

Pricing and other details haven’t been announced yet, but the EV will be more expensive than the range-topping ICE-powered Sylphy, which costs 159,000 yuan ($25,290) in China.

 

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