It was another successful year for Nissan at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show as they showcased the Sylphy concept car. While there’s no confirmation whether this is the case but chances are that it could be rebadged as the 2020 Nissan Sentra in America, Europe and possibly South Africa.
Looking Back At The Nissan Sentra
The Nissan Sentra has been in production since 1982 originally classified as a subcompact car until the 2000 model when it was reclassified as a compact car. In China there were actually two other generations preceding it while the Sentra name has a rich history in itself; in fact, seven generations.
The previous Nissan Sentra, known as the B16, was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. It was 5.8 cm shorter and 68 kg heavier than the current model. Until 2006, the Sentra was simply a rebadged version of the Japanese Nissan Sunny but that all changed in 2013. This is the year that marks the Sentra being born from a rebadged export of the Nissan Sylphy B17.
Originally, as a compact sedan, the Nissan Sentra wasn’t necessarily a “premium car” but they’ve come a long way since then. Nissan was eager to improve their car and even released a dynamic Nismo version not so long ago.
Now, looking at the 2019 Nissan Sentra for example, it only had a few upgrades which include the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it’s a far cry from what was available a few years ago. The previous models were underpinned by Nissan’s C platform while the current Sylphy or Sentra is based on the V platform.
The New Nissan Sentra (Sylphy)
Nissan unveiled the Sylphy sporting a brand new look with all the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies that will increase driver connectivity, comfort and confidence. It has a new and more fuel-efficient powertrain, wider stance and lower centre of gravity along with improved aerodynamics which just adds to the final package.
The interior is roomier, more luxurious with all the creature comforts you’d expect from a modern car, the new Sylphy (Nissan Sentra) delivers even better performance and more enjoyable driving experience. Along with seamless connectivity features, it has a full suite of active safety technologies to offer added driver support.
Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd said: “The all-new Nissan Sylphy represents the full landing of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in China. With an even more stylish design and advanced connectivity and safety technologies, the all-new Nissan Sylphy gives customers a whole new level of confidence and excitement, befitting of a leading family sedan.”
Nissan has been selling the Sentra for quite some time and seemed to have created a market for itself as a value-for-money deal. Perhaps that is why it never appealed to die-hard car enthusiasts but the new 2020 model could change that. It certainly grabbed our attention!
While we have to wait and see whether the Sylphy will actually change the badge to Sentra, hopes are that it does and in South Africa as well. For more interesting updates and developments in the motoring world, please follow us on Facebook and read our blogs covering a wide array of topics.