A compact vehicle manufactured by Nissan Motors and appeared for the first time in 2000. Pulsar 4-door sedan is considered as the first Bluebird Sylphy offered in Japanese domestic market with a view to keep the Bluebird name living in the automotive market. Toyota Corona was its old rival vehicle. The Bluebird Sylphy became an independent model when Pulsar was suspended and taken over by the Nissan Tiida, Versa or Latio. Nissan Bluebird Sylphy has nothing to do with export model.
First Generation (2000-2005)
The first generation G10 Bluebird Sylphy launched in 2000 was essentially N16 Pulsar. It was available with different engine options including: 1.5-L QG15DE, 1.6-L QG16DE, 1.8-L QG18DE, and the 2.0-L QR20DE where 1.5-L models received a 5-speed manual transmission and the rest came with 4-speed automatic transmission. The only four-wheel drive was offered with 1.8-L.
In the export market, the car was sold under different names. For instance, in Australia, it was sold as Pulsar; in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Middle East as Sunny; in Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia as Sentra; while In Brunei it was sold as Almera.
In 2004, minor modifications were made in Bluebird Sylphy such as a revised grille, all-new rear end featuring Teana-like taillights.
The 2009 model in Egypt received a driver and front passenger airbags, ABS, EBD, BA brakes and revised front grille and lights.
Second Generation (2005-present)
The second generation G11 Bluebird Sylphy was introduced in 2005 and is based on Nissan’s B platform. It was first revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The second generation Bluebird Sylphy features the same engines used in Nissan Tiida/Versa/Latio, i.e. the HR15DE 1.5-L and an all-new MR20DE 2.0-L engines. The models featuring the 2.0-L engine comes with Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (Xtronic-CVT). This combination provides a smooth and powerful acceleration yet offering the fuel economy of 1.8-L engine.
In its class, the Sylphy is the only vehicle that offers the most spacious interior and the biggest boot of 504-L. As for rear legroom, it features the legroom almost similar to the Nissan Teana and Toyota Camry.
The Bluebird Sylphy was made available for export markets in 2008 and is marketed as Nissan Sylphy in all export markets. It is offered in South East Asian countries and China. The Yulon Motor Company produces the Bluebird Sylphy in Taiwan as Nissan Bluebird.