Nissan has unveiled the 2013 Sentra, ahead of its launch this fall. It features upscale styling and a more efficient powertrain.

Nissan has unveiled the 2013 Sentra, ahead of its launch this fall.

Essentially a renamed Sylphy, the model eschews its angular styling for a modern design that draws inspiration from the 2013 Altima. Notable highlights include a prominent grille, LED-infused headlights and soft curves. If you're looking for something sportier, the SR variant has unique bumpers, extended side skirts and a rear spoiler. Overall, the sedan measures 182.1 inches long (an increase of 2.3 inches) and has a wheelbase that spans 106.3 inches (an increase of 0.6 inches).

The cabin has been significantly improved with higher quality materials and a better design. Entry-level models are sparsely equipped, but higher-end variants offer leather upholstery, faux Maple wood trim and a Bose audio system. They can also be ordered with the new NissanConnectSM infotainment system that has GPS navigation and a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant which "reads incoming text messages and allows drivers to reply without taking their hands off of the steering wheel." More importantly, thanks to the car's increased size, the model offers class-leading rear legroom and a boot that holds up to 15.1 cubic feet (427.6 liters) of cargo.

Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 hp (97 kW / 132 PS) and 128 lb-ft (173 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to a six-speed manual or a new Xtronic continuously variable transmission. With the latter gearbox, the Sentra has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 30 mpg city / 39 mpg highway.

Check out the press release for additional information

Gallery: 2013 Nissan Sentra unveiled [video]

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