Nissan Bringing All-New Sedan To Shanghai, Could Be The Sentra / Sylphy

The Shanghai Auto Show is two weeks away and Nissan will use the event to introduce an all-new sedan.

The company was tight-lipped on specifics, but said the upcoming model will feature “Nissan’s latest distinctive design cues” and an “array of technologies that embody Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

That isn’t much to go on, but the mysterious model could be the Sylphy. Photos of the redesigned sedan surfaced earlier this year and they showed the car will have a bold new design that echoes the Altima and Maxima.

Starting up front, the model has an angular bumper and a prominent V-Motion grille. The car has also been equipped slender headlights and a faux floating roof.  Out back, there’s wraparound taillights and a minimalist diffuser.

Specifications remain unconfirmed, but the Sylphy is expected to be longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. The model is also slated to have an upgraded 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 137 hp (102 kW / 139 PS).

Besides introducing the new sedan, Nissan will show two previously unveiled concepts. The first is the IMs which debuted at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year. Billed as an “elevated sports sedan,” the concept features styling cues from cars and crossovers.  It also has an electric powertrain and an autonomous driving mode.

Nissan is also bringing the IMQ crossover concept which originally debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. Boasting angular lines and sleek bodywork, the concept has a multi-motor electric all-wheel drive system that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.

Nissan will also showcase an assortment of other models including the Lannia, Leaf, Tiida and GT-R. Fans can also check out an number of crossovers and SUVs such as the Kicks, Murano, Patrol, Qashqai, Terra and X-Trail.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “Could Be”

    At this point, pretty much is, not could be

  • eb110americana

    That looks so much better than any recent Sentra, it’s not even funny. The floating roof does not work, and looks lame as a black stripe–I do feel it works on crossovers/SUVs, where the roof is more of a flat element. But the proportions are way better, and the narrow, elongated lights help accentuate it’s new low, long, wide stance. It looks sleek–which is something I never thought I’d say about a Sentra.

    • Mill0048

      I’m with you: a very nice step forward for the Sentra. A surprising effort considering everyone is pulling back on sedans. Though I don’t mind the floating roof even if it does look better on CUVs.

  • Bhaskar Manda

    The silly faux floating roof styling must die. It’s a design affectation, like pinstripes. Some of the ugliest shapes in autodom some with this design affliction. Almost every SUV, the horrible Odyssey, every Nissan seems to have a slightly different version – but all reliably out-of-place. Look at the clean honest designs on the Mercedes family, the Pacifica, or the Volvo wagons – so refreshing compared to these phone-in “designs”.

  • ME

    I think there’s no longer a need for the Maxima as the Altima seems to be given all the attention: bigger size, newer style and AWD. By the looks of the next Stanza it fills the shoes where the first Altima left off. It seems to no longer be the B flat sedan it used to be.

    • Jason Miller


    • Bash

      What Stanza?

  • Paul

    It looks like a baby Altima.

  • Dude

    Pretty sure we saw this like 4 months ago

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