For many decades, Nissan was the go-to company for small, conventional family sedans. We had the Sunny, the Sentra and then the Sylphy. The ‘B17’ Sylphy is really where things started to go south. B-segment sedans like the Almera could more adequately serve the budget buyers and crossovers were where the middle class where throwing their money.

Discontinued 3rd generation Nissan Sylphy

Edaran Tan Chong Motor no longer offers the Sylphy in Malaysia, and its French cousin, the Renault Fluence has also been cut from TC Euro cars portfolio.

But take one look at this fourth-generation Nissan Sylphy and tell me it doesn’t have potential. That is one fine looking sedan!

4th generation 2020 Nissan Sylphy rear

Nissan just showed it at Auto Shanghai 2019. There it is being offered with a newly updated 1.6-litre inline 4 petrol engine (HR16DE GEN3) and an XTRONIC CVT.

4th generation 2020 Nissan Sylphy side profile

While we don’t expect great performance from that sort of setup, Nissan are happy to announced that the new Sylphy has a drag coefficient of just 0.26. That makes it as aerodynamic as a GT-R!

4th generation 2020 Nissan Sylphy cabin 1

They’ve fitted the car with a Dynamic Control Module, which uses individual brakes to keep the car level through rough roads. Just like the Nissan Sylphy before it, this one is targetted for maximum comfort, but improvements to the steering, suspension and body rigidity give it a more ‘solid’ driving feel.

4th generation 2020 Nissan Sylphy front

In terms of advanced safety, expect Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Ride Control, Emergency Brake for Pedal Misapplication, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Driving Alert.

4th generation 2020 Nissan Sylphy interior

Press release:

The all-new Nissan Sylphy was unveiled today at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, sporting a new look and featuring the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies to give drivers increased connectivity, comfort and confidence.

With a new and more fuel-efficient powertrain, a wider stance, a lower center of gravity, improved aerodynamics and a roomy, luxurious interior, the new Sylphy delivers even better performance and an enhanced driving experience. Seamless connectivity features and a full suite of active safety technologies provide support for drivers.

At first glance, the all-new Sylphy is characterized by its stance, which reflects the design concepts of “vigor” and “confidence.” The lower profile and streamlined exterior contribute to decreased wind resistance, with a drag coefficient of just 0.26 – equal to that of the Nissan GT-R. Signature Nissan features include the black grille with a three-dimensional V-motion design, bringing about a strong visual impact. The sides are defined by lean, striking proportions that create a sense of motion even when the car is stationary.

These dynamic exterior design cues hint at a number of key performance upgrades. The car is powered by the all-new Nissan HR16DE Gen3 intelligent drive engine with Xtronic transmission. The new powertrain technologies boost engine stability and fuel efficiency1 and provide a linear, smooth driving experience. Steering, suspension and body rigidity have also been enhanced to improve handling and deliver a more solid driving feel.

The wide stance and long wheelbase allow for a spacious cabin where up to five people can ride comfortably in soft, 3D Multilayer ergonomic seats. The interior comes in sporty black, light gray or tan. The tan version features a diamond-cut quilting pattern on the seats that adds a modern, luxurious feel.

Interior features that have been designed for increased comfort and convenience also include the three-outlet air conditioning system. Controlled by a single integrated switch, it supplies air separately to the left and right front seats and to the back seats. An 8-inch center color display and the 7-inch, high-definition thin-film transistor monitor, which shows drive information and readings from the car’s sensors, are arranged inside the meter assembly for a smart, highly functional design.

Among the many Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies in the all-new Sylphy are seamless smartphone connectivity and intelligent voice command. The Integrated Dynamic Control Module uses targeted brake applications after the vehicle encounters a bump or undulation to immediately improve the level of the body, enhancing ride quality. Additional technologies to assist the driver include Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Ride Control and Emergency Brake for Pedal Misapplication.

Safety technologies such as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Driving Alert support the driver in anticipating and avoiding hazardous situations.