The compact sedan class is set to be a busy one this year. Honda recently updated the Civic while Toyota went out guns blazing with the all-new Corolla. Not to be outdone, Nissan turned their attention to the Sylphy, which gets a new look for 2019.
Granted, the Sylphy is a little long in the tooth already, first revealed back in 2014. Nonetheless, the refreshed compact sedan now follows the marque's current design language, which is evident in its new front end. It now sports the signature 'V-Motion' grill at the front, and a pair of reshaped headlights which now incorporate boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights. The bumper has also been reshaped, employing a slightly more aggressive profile.
As for the rest of the vehicle's body, it remains largely carried over from the current model. There are, however, new fenders to accommodate the new headlight design. A peek at the rear also reveals a new rear bumper, incorporating new corners which house a redesigned reflective strip. Capping off the changes for 2019 are a set of new alloy wheel combinations, depending on the variant.
It is also largely carried over inside but the addition of wood trimming is new this year. The steering wheel designed is retained, so is the instrument cluster layout, and center stack. A new touchscreen unit is wider compared to the current Sylphy.
Moving on to the engine, that too has been carried over. The 2019 Sylphy is powered by a 1.6-liter engine making 116 PS and 154 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a continuously variable transmission. That is the lone engine specification for Singapore but other markets could possibly have the 1.8-liter engine with 131 PS and 174 Nm of torque as an option.
This could be a short life cycle for the facelifted Sylphy as it has been reported that an all-new Sentra (which the Sylphy is based upon) is underway and could come out by the next decade. As to when the next-gen Sentra/Sylphy will arrive, there is no exact date or year just yet.