Nissan Sylphy ZE Is An Electric Sentra With Leaf Guts


But don’t expect it to arrive in the US.

Right now, the Nissan Leaf hatchback is the most successful EV on the market. It will soon be joined by a Leaf-based SUV, which Nissan believes will become the first truly mainstream EV. The Japanese automaker has also outlined plans to expand its EV range with an electric sedan based on the Leaf, which was shown for the first time at the Beijing Auto Show. There is a catch, though – it’s only being sold in China, since EVs are currently booming in the People’s Republic and sedan sales are falling in America.

Called the Sylphy Zero Emissions, Nissan is billing the new electric sedan its “first mass-production electric vehicle for the Chinese market,” and one of the 20 electric cars that will join Nissan’s lineup in the next five years. It has a range of 210 miles according to Chinese government standards. It may look like a Sentra, as the model is known as in the US, but it’s based on the the Leaf's platform. This has allowed the batteries to be placed under the seats, resulting in a spacious cabin. Multilayer ergonomic seating with heating options further enhances comfort, and the EV also features connectivity allowing audio and video to be controlled from a mobile phone.

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No technical specifications for the electric sedan have been revealed yet, but since it shares the same platform as the Leaf it could also have the same electric motor, which produces 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It could also use the Leaf’s batteries – in the US, its 40-kWh battery produces 151 miles of range, but a 60-kWh is coming with a range of over 225 miles. The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission will go on sale in China later this year, but don’t expect it to arrive in the US. Introducing a new EV that’s similar to the Leaf and based on the same platform wouldn’t make such sense, and could potentially cannibalize sales of the successful model.