The Nissan Sylphy was all along a far cry from what can be described as exciting. Though brilliantly packaged as a comfort based saloon, its rather heavy rear quarter coupled with beige themed interior wrote itself off the wish list of many younger customers. A sportier body-kitted Impul variant was later released, but its black leather seats stood out like a sore thumb above the original interior shade.
Now however, it has finally got what it long deserved along with a few other updates, costing from RM114880 to RM124880. Up front it sports a slightly more aggressive bumper matched by a simpler but bolder chromed grille. Its top of the range XV variant gets additional Bi-Xenon projector headlamps for brighter illumination.
The rear receives larger revised “tear drop treatment” lamps while the bumper features an additional brake lamp. In whole, its back portion looks a lot more exclusive than before thanks mainly to the new hind light clusters.
Of course the star attraction is its cabin. Unlike its predecessor, the interior is now finished in black while maintaining its cherry wood gain panels. Updates on its dashboard include titanium lining around the central aircon vents, black meter cluster housing which brings out the readings on the gauges, and a digital display for its automatic climate control. Integrated audio controls on the steering are made available in the flagship model.
Passenger comfort is placed on top as to past Sylphys. The famed Masumi fabric upholstery now dark colored are of premium quality while possessing soft and textured feel. It has to be noted that sitting in them is akin to settling down in a lazy chair, well bolstered without being too fluffy nor too firm, with the back being the best place to be in. Offering loads of leg room even if one is an NBA player, the space here is so good that it easily eclipses some other cars from the next category.
Nonetheless, as relaxing as they are to settle in, the cushion inserts are designed mainly to cradle just two instead of maximum utility. This means any occupant additions would involve some amount of shoulder rubbing.
For those who rarely travel empty handed, the Sylphy does not disappoint with its vast availability of cubby holes and compartments. The glove box holds up to 10litres of stuff while the nifty centre multi-console might seem to originate from IKEA’s R&D department. Featuring a rather large main unit, it has an integrated dual-cup holder which flips up when needed. Flip over the armrest and there are hooks to hang grocery bags or a take-away teh tarik. If you open just the top portion, one will find a very useful organizer for business cards, mobile phone, coins or keys. It is a pity that the only opening between the cabin and boot is via a narrow pass-through behind the rear armrest; limiting its capability to just items like poles and lamp stands.
Pictures from Nissan.com.my