Nissan has taken the wraps off the 2016 Sentra. It features revised styling inside and out.
Nissan has taken the wraps off the 2016 Sentra.
Drawing inspiration from the new Maxima, the facelifted model has a front fascia with a V-Motion and boomerang-shaped headlights. The car also has a revised hood, new front fenders, and restyled 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. The changes are less noticeable out back but include a new rear bumper and boomerang-shaped taillights.
Buyers looking for a sportier appearance can opt for the Sentra SR which features extended side skirts, a rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. The model also has fog lights and a chrome exhaust tip finisher.
Moving on the interior, drivers will find a new center console, a revised shifter, and a steering wheel inspired by the one on the 370Z. The sedan also boasts higher quality seat fabrics and a revised instrument cluster with a higher resolution LCD display.
The entry-level Sentra has a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, while higher-end variants have a six-speaker audio system with an infotainment system that has a five-inch display. The range-topping Sentra SL goes one step further as it has an infotainment system with a 5.8-inch display, GPS navigation, and NissanConnect Apps - including iHeartRadio, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor.
Speaking of technology, the Sentra can now be equipped with an assortment of new Safety Shield Technologies. These include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
While the car now comes packaged with tech, the engine is still stuck in the Stone Age as it's a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 130 bhp (97 kW) and 128 lb-ft (173 Nm) of torque. It is connected to either a six-speed manual or an Xtronic continuously variable transmission.
Staying on the topic of performance, the Sentra gains an optimized power steering system and a retuned suspension that features stiffer springs and dampers.
The 2016 Sentra will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $16,780.