All-new Sylphy, all-new design: Nissan program design director Shinichiro Irie

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Shinichiro Irie is a program design director at the Nissan Global Design Center. Irie talked about the design of the new Sylphy. Q1: What are the most notable features of the new Sylphy’s design?Irie: We designed the new Sylphy to communicate the ideas of “vigor and confidence” and “lean and dynamic.” We expressed these through larger-diameter tires and a low center of gravity, along with a wide, firm stance. We also use common Nissan design language extensively.The new grille, which made its China debut on the Nissan Altima at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show, presents a more dynamic and robust V-motion by connecting the line from the bottom of the bumper to the hood.This vehicle also has signature boomerang-shaped lamps in the front and back, which distinguish it as a Nissan car at first glance. The familiar “floating” roof is expressed as well.Q2: What are some key characteristics of the interior design?Irie: Customers who choose the Sylphy will want a comfortable, functional and modern interior design. We sought to realize this by combining the concepts “elaborate yet intuitive,” referring to the car’s intuitive functionality, and “lean yet comfortable,” which refers to the comfortable and efficient use of space.Q3: Doesn’t the reduction in overall height sacrifice cabin space?Irie: The new Sylphy features an expressive, wide, low, stylish exterior design. It goes even further in terms of cabin roominess and comfort, which was already a key strength of past models. For example, knee space and head clearance are the same, or better, than in the previous Sylphy. Also, the car has a wide interior with excellent visibility for the driver and passengers. All riders are aided by the “gliding wing” instrument panel design that makes the vehicle feel more spacious – a signature interior characteristic for Nissan.Q4: Why does the air conditioner have three air outlets? Does it represent something?Irie: This was a unique opportunity for Nissan to express sporty, premium functionality in an area that can be easily overlooked. Rather than aiming for a certain motif or image, the vent design expresses sporty, premium functionality. The three simple vents supply air separately to the left and right seats, and to the back seats. The integrated switch for the vents is an example of the “smart structure” that characterizes our interior design.Q5: Tell us about the color schemes on the show car.Irie: The main, featured exterior color is a metallic orange that expresses the “vigor and confidence” and “lean and dynamic” concepts. The interior color of the show car is tan, which gives a modern, refined feel.Q6: What’s the significance of the Sylphy in terms of overall Nissan design?Irie: The Sylphy is important to Nissan’s brand identity and helps define the future direction of our design. This new model continues to play these roles, as the Sylphy has done with each prior model change.Q7: Is there anything unique among the design features of this new model?Irie: The new Sylphy has seats as soft as a sofa, providing comfort even during long drives. The diamond quilting pattern on the tan-colored seats provides a luxurious feel. This eye-catching design adds to the premium, modern atmosphere.Q8: Does the new design incorporate any Nissan Intelligent Mobility features?Irie: The new Sylphy features advanced safety technologies that embody Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Among these, a 7-inch, high-definition thin-film transistor monitor, which conveys the operation status of various sensors as well as drive information, is arranged inside the meter assembly for a smart, highly functional design.ContactDan Passe Global Product Communications Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. dan-passe@mail.nissan.co.jp +81 (0)50 3804 5833 / +81 (0)70 1408 5052Qiao Ren Communications Management Division, Public Relations Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd. renqiao@nissanchina.cn +86 10 5925 1998 / +86 186 1407 7211For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissan-global.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.   

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