- This is our first look at the next-generation Nissan Sentra compact sedan , courtesy of the closely related Nissan Sylphy that was just unveiled for the China market.
- Much-improved styling both outside and in suggests that the Sentra will be a more competitive entry in its class.
- Nissan says that we'll hear more about the new U.S.-market Sentra later this year.
It seems like the Nissan Sentra is about to come out of the doldrums. The China-market Nissan Sylphy that you're looking at is a close indication of what our next-gen Sentra sedan will look like, and it's a huge improvement in terms of styling if you ask us.
Visually lower, wider, and longer than the current Sentra sedan , this new model looks considerably less gawky and incorporates some interesting visual elements from Nissan's other sedans such as the Altima and Maxima. We're not quite sold on the "floating" C-pillar effect that's now a mainstay of Nissan designs, but the front and rear fascias look clean, and the surfacing treatments on the doors keep the car from looking too slab-sided.
Based on these photos, we're impressed by the looks of the interior, too. There's a compelling-looking dashboard layout with a tablet-style center screen and three circular air vents. Upscale touches such as diamond quilting for the seats and a large screen in the gauge cluster are nice additions, too.
The most likely choice for the Sentra's base powertrain is the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four from
the Rogue Sport
, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It produces 141 horsepower, a slight but useful improvement over the current Sentra's 130 horsepower from a buzzy, unrefined 1.8-liter four. We can also hope that Nissan will keep the more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four as part of the lineup. It makes 188 hp in
the current Sentra SR Turbo
Sentra NISMO models
and can be had with a six-speed manual transmission.
We won't know more official details about the U.S.-bound Nissan Sentra for a while, but Nissan does say that we'll hear more about it by the end of this year, suggesting that it will make its debut as a 2020 model and go on sale sometime either at the end of 2019 or in early 2020.
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