Los Angeles, CA — Nissan chose the LA Auto show to reveal a newly-designed version of its popular Sentra compact sedan. The changes are subtle and the mechanical changes equally so, but it does offer a new vibe nevertheless.
The new Sentra benefits from stylistic changes that have happened elsewhere in Nissan’s line-up—most recently on the Altima sedan—which means a new front fascia with Nissan’s V-Motion grille treatment. It also gets the boomerang headlight lenses and LED taillights found elsewhere in the line-up.
Inside, the steering wheel is new (and styled to reflect what’s seen on the 370Z sports car), but the big changes happen with the infotainment, which gets an all-new touchscreen interface. Siri eyes-free tech is also available.
Under the hood, the 4-cylinder from last year’s car returns unchanged, and it continues to make 130 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired with a new generation of the X-tronic Continuously-Variable Automatic transmission.
The biggest change comes to the chassis, where the Sentra gets new, firmer suspension tuning. If you select the sportier SR model, the suspension is stiffer still. Nissan assures that though stiffer, the suspension shouldn’t compromise ride comfort.
The SR also gets special 17-inch wheels and chromed exterior appliques. Six models will be available in total: the S 6MT, S Xtronic, SV 6MT, SV Xtronic, SR and SL.