Photos of China’s all-new Nissan Sylphy compact sedan were leaked on the web today. What that means for us is that, in all likelihood, we get an early view of North America’s next generation 2020 Sentra compact sedan, expected later this year.
How is that, you ask? Well, the current Nissan Sentra first debuted as the Sylphy in China and the same scenario may repeat with the new generation model. Something else that makes this theory plausible is the design of the new Nissan Sylphy in Chinese specification.
As you can see, it totally suits the styling language adopted by Nissan sedans in North America in recent years, first with the Maxima and more recently with the Altima. Built by Dongfeng-Nissan, the new Sylphy is longer, wider and lower than the current model. It’s 4,651mm (183.1in) long, 1,815mm (71.4in) wide and 1,450mm (57in) high, with a wheelbase stretched 12 mm (0.47 in) to 2,712 mm (106.7 in).
All these changes in dimensions appear to have had a positive impact on the car’s appearance, giving it a more athletic, expressive look. The front end adopts Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, sleeker headlights with a boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, a low bonnet and a restyled bumper with sharp lines.
The side view reveals the kick-up C-pillars and 17-inch alloys, while the rear view is dominated by a pair of new LED taillights and a reshaped bumper that integrates a diffuser-like element.
The Chinese-market compact sedan will feature an updated 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine rated at 137 hp (139 PS) — 13 hp (13 PS) more than the current model. Transmission choices will include a standard manual transmission or an optional CVT in China.
The all-new Nissan Sylphy is expected to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 16. As for America’s 2020 Nissan Sentra, expect it to debut sometime this year — the earliest venue would be the New York Auto Show that starts a day after the Shanghai show.
Thanks to Almuraba for the tip !