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Nissan Senior Vice President: 2016 Sentra Will be “Almost All New”

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/15/2015 Erick Ayapana

The 2016 Nissan Sentra is set to debut this fall and the automaker claims the compact sedan will be significantly refreshed with better technology and styling updates.

Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, told Automotive News that the 2016 Sentra will be “almost all new,” though didn’t give any specifics.

The current seventh-generation Sentra was introduced in 2012 for model-year 2013. While competitors like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic still dominate the segment, Nissan considers the Sentra a relative sales success, going home to 183,268 customers in 2014, a jump of 42 percent compared to the previous year.

The Sentra is currently offered with one engine choice, a 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 130 hp. Its sheetmetal looks relatively fresh, though the updated version could adopt cues from the 2016 Maxima. The midsize Altima is also rumored to mimic the Maxima’s styling for its mid-cycle update.

The Sentra came in last place in a five-car comparison test that included the Honda Civic, Dodge Dart, Mazda3, and Kia Forte. Notable shortcomings were its sloppy handling characteristics, fuel economy, and options lists. Nissan addressed some of these issues with updates for the 2014 model year, but could improve things further in the refresh. The Sentra is available in five trim levels, though none are truly performance-oriented. Enthusiasts are still waiting and hoping for Nissan to approve a production version of the Sentra Nismo concept shown at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. That car sported performance upgrades and a 240-hp, turbocharged I-4.

Current Nissan Sentra shown

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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