All-new Nissan Sentra Compact Sedan arrives January 2020
Just prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan unveiled their all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra to the media.
The reinvention of the Sentra, says Nissan, transforms the storied nameplate into a head-turning compact sedan with class-leading interior refinement, standard Safety Shield 360, seamless connectivity and fun-to-drive performance.
The Nissan Sentra has always been a favorite of ours. Sentra, along with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra have ‘owned’ the compact sedan segment for years.
Now in its seventh year – the current generation Sentra model is struggling to keep up with the more recently updated Civic and Corolla. So much so that Sentra sales significantly trail Civic and Corolla in 2019. In fact, while both have performed about even to sales YTD in 2018, the aging Sentra has fallen off by 11.34 percent in the same period.
Reinvention of the Nissan Sentra was maybe a bit past due, but it has arrived. And – from what we see so far – it looks well more than ready to make up for lost ground in 2020.
2020 Nissan Sentra
The new 2020 Sentra completes Nissan’s redesigned sedan lineup– following major Sentra, originally introduced for the 1982 model year – updates to Versa, Altima, and Maxima over the past two years.
“Nissan has a vibrant portfolio of new-generation sedans for customers in the U.S. market,” said David Kershaw, division vice president, Nissan Sales & Regional Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “With more than 6 million Sentra vehicles sold, we believe the all-new Sentra will reach new heights offering refinement and quality, technology and performance not seen before. The lower stance and more athletic design cues from the Maxima sports sedan give Sentra a sexy new look.”
The all-new Nissan Sentra is built on a new platform that provides greatly improved proportions and stance – about two inches lower and two inches wider than the previous generation.
The exterior also incorporates Nissan’s latest design language found on its other dramatic sedans, including its signature V-motion grille, thin LED headlamps and floating roof. Sentra also features new wheel designs and a slate of new colors, including three new two-tone color combinations.
Inside, the all-new interior of Sentra is more refined and luxurious, creating a high-quality experience for driver and passengers. Extra attention was paid to the smallest of details to improve the perceived and actual quality of the new Sentra. The feel of the steering wheel in the driver’s hands, the smooth operation of the dials and switches were carefully crafted to create a premium feel.
Available amenities range from quilted, leather-appointed, heated front seats and heated outside mirrors to Nissan’s renowned NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats and Intelligent Around View® Monitor.
Infotainment and connectivity features include an available floating 8-inch multi-touch center display and NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
The 2020 Sentra features a new standard fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine rated at 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque – increases of 20 percent and 16 percent respectively over the previous generation’s 1.8-liter engine.
We note Nissan says the new Sentra will deliver a ‘sportier drive’ but makes no mention of a turbocharged power plant. The current (2019) Sentra offers 1.6L turbocharged engine in the SR trim level and the NISMO. That turbo delivers 188 horsepower with 177 lb.-ft. of torque.
Given the sportier design elements and updated features of the new Sentra – it certainly seems likely this (or another) turbo engine is in the plan. We hope so.
We note also their reference to dynamic performance being greatly improved through the use of a new independent rear suspension and a new rack electric power steering system. We agree it will make a difference.
Now give it a turbo to boot and the new Sentra will really get our attention.
The new Sentra features advanced safety and driver assistance technologies, that are now available across the entire family of Nissan sedans.
They include standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six advanced driver- assist systems that includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, and High Beam Assist.
In addition, the new Sentra also offers standard 10 airbags, Rear Door Alert, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Driver Alertness.
“The all-new Sentra delivers the whole package, with features and value that are hard to ignore,” said Kershaw. “It’s stylish, confident and connected – a true breakthrough in compact sedans.”
When and How Much
The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in late January. More complete detail and pricing will be made available closer to the available date.
Go to https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/future-concept/2020-sentra.html to follow the arrival of the 2020 Sentra.
Source: Nissan Press Release