The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission has been unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, and becomes the brand’s first electric car made in China for consumers in the country. The new electric vehicle will be one of 20 electrified models that Nissan plans to introduce over the next five years.

Despite its name, the Sylphy ZE is actually built upon the Leaf and shares the same 2,700 mm wheelbase with the hatchback. The design at the front is a combination of the facelifted US-market Sentra as well as the Leaf, including a distinct V-Motion grille with blue accents near the charging port. However, this is still a proper sedan in shape, with 510 litres of boot space available.

Nissan hasn’t revealed full details about the electric powertrain used here, but there is some information to be gained from the automaker’s press conference at the event. For starters, the Sylphy ZE has a 38 kWh battery, which is good for an all-electric range of 338 km following China’s standards. The unit is smaller than the Leaf’s 40 kWh unit that offers 400 km in Japan’s cycle and 378 km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) on a single charge.

The battery is positioned under the rear seats, and powers a 107 hp (80 kW) electric motor that drives the front wheels – the Leaf has a 148 hp (110 kW) e-motor. There’s no word on the performance capabilities of the Sylphy ZE, but expect it to be utilitarian enough for driving around a city like Beijing.

No photos of the car’s interior, but given its underpinnings, we reckon it should be a blend of the standard Sylphy and the Leaf, much like its face. Nissan also notes the cabin offers ergonomic heated seats and a range connectivity options, with Nissan Intelligent Mobility being another core feature.

For now, the Sylphy ZE is a model specific to China but it could be a precursor for another global market sedan EV that might join Nissan’s fleet in the future. The Sylphy ZE will go on sale later in 2018, where more information will then be made available.

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