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Nissan Sylphy is going to blow D-segment definations in India soon!

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After the octevia, there wasn't a single well-priced Sophesticated looking car for management peoples, in D - Segment & to fill this empty place & to achive sells-target of half a million of Sylphy's a year by 2014, It's going to hit Indian soil along with 120 more countries by end of this year!

Have a look at her!

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Being a truly global product, it’s only a matter of time before the Nissan Sylphy makes its way into India. If the pricing in China (Rs. 10.4 lakhs – Rs. 14.8 lakhs) and Thailand (Rs. 13.3 lakhs – Rs. 16.6 lakhs) are anything to go by, then we can safely speculate that Nissan will put this entry level luxury sedan smack into the D-segment populated by Corolla, Laura, Jetta, Cruze, and Fluence.

The Sylphy, also called as Sentra in the US, gets a familiar look, thanks to a very Sunny-like, but larger chrome grille. The headlamps are sleek with LED underlining and have a slight kink where they meet the fenders. The side is characterized by a strong shoulder line and chrome treatment for door handles and window outlines. At the rear, the stretched tail lamps complement the shape of the headlamps. Overall, the design is clean and understated. The interior is all new and feels modern. At 2,700 mm, the wheelbase is one of the longest in the entry D-segment making space its USP. Setting the car in motion will be a 1.8 litre petrol engine with variable valve timing, generating 130 bhp of power and 174 Nm of torque. The Thailand version also gets a 1.6 litre, 116 bhp petrol.

For India, the 1.5 litre K9K diesel in same state of tune as the Renault Fluence (108 Bhp) could be the weapon of choice. Transmission duty is handled by the efficient X-CVT, just like the recently updated Samsung SM3. India may get a 5-speed manual as well to form the entry model.The Sylphy is high on space and equipment compared to its rivals and Nissan is capable of putting cat among the pigeons with this car, but only if they get the pricing right!

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Sunny has made a mark in the segment it operates & if Nissan carries forward the philosophy, Sylphy could well be aiming to rule the segment. A little more work on the after sales department & most of the worries connected to Nissan brand would be washed off.

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Sunny has made a mark in the segment it operates & if Nissan carries forward the philosophy

The Sunny has done a lot of good for Nissan.

Sunny doing goodness will be history soon. The little bit costlier Scala looks miles of Sunny, so most of Sunny's prospects will move to Scala.

Its really bad to see partners murdering each other.

Micra is already a dud, Teana, X_trail hardly sells, their only hope is Elivia.

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Sunny doing goodness will be history soon. The little bit costlier Scala looks miles of Sunny, so most of Sunny's prospects will move to Scala.

Its really bad to see partners murdering each other.

Micra is already a dud, Teana, X_trail hardly sells, their only hope is Elivia.

At the moment Nissan has much stronger dealership network than renault & this is a big advantage! & Indian market always preferres tried n' tested product (That's why micra sells more than pulse) & Sunny is way sober than scala, which again is an advantage, as there are few cars in that seg, which can play role of a good office car!

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If the diesel is priced well, with good features, it might sell well. I just hope it's not Nissan's national engine that powers everything from the Micra to the Fluence that does duty in this, but rather a bigger diesel.

The engine from the Koleos plonked into this would give the current segment performance leader Cruze a run for it's money.

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Looks are subjective and depend upon personal taste and preferences. While Sunny might appeal to some, others might find it too bland to their taste. Likewise for Sylphy, while some might find its looks understated yet modern, personally feel that the looks lack character and is a mix and match of their other offerings. E.g. the side profile looks pretty similar to that of Sunny. Same is the case of Hyundai with their fluidic design philosophy with all their cars looking similar. But that doesn't mean that Sylphy or Hyundais look bad!!! On the contrary, I like the new fluidic design philosophy and completely dig on the retro style rear design of the Micra.

The fact is that most car companies are taking the term 'Platform Cars' to a whole new level now with as much as 40% of their cars remaining the same and sharing common components. The benefit to a customer is in terms of lower cost of ownership and lower capex for car companies. One big drawback of having similar design cues across cars is that they all start looking aged at the same time and minor tweaks or modifications don't work much at such a time.

Also, while the overall package of Sylphy might be good, there are a couple of things I can point out by just looking at the pics like the presence of a large transmission tunnel hump, a manual aircon, and light coloured interiors which might need frequent cleaning. And these are practical bits, some of which affect our daily driving experience.

However, its too soon to comment upon how good the actual product is till the time we see it in flesh. It might pack a serious punch and depending upon its price, might offer a lot of value to its buyers.

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