The car would thus compare with Toyota Corolla Altis, VW Jetta, Hyundai Avante/Sonata, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. Nissan as of now has Sunny and Teana in the sedan extreme segments, however in the D-segment, Nissan currently has no models, and this is where almost all other car makers are present. Sylphy is quite a spacious car with its class leading space focusing on passenger comfort. This is something Nissan has been focused towards, similar to what we see in Sunny and Teana which has comfortable rear seats. Therefore, features like dual zone air conditioning, a spacious rear seat with emphasis on high leg room and shoulder room, etc are the Sylphy’s major selling points. So, the car is expected to be aimed at the chauffeur driven car market, a perfect foil to the likes of the Corolla Altis and the Skoda Laura.
The Sylphy comes with a 1.8 Liter petrol engine that runs on a long stroke design and features a range of steps like variable valve timing and low friction internals for maximum fuel economy, smoothness and torque. This engine is mated to Nissan’s latest intelligent XTRONIC CVT transmission. This CVT transmission, the latest in Nissan’s range, is said to be lighter and more fuel efficient that previous versions. A diesel engine is yet to be announced for the Sylphy, although this would be a prime requirement for the car in India, if Nissan intends to gather good sales.
The car is expected to hit the Indian market in 2014 and will be priced between INR 12-17 Lac, with starting range for Petrol version and high end for Diesel Automatic transmission variant.