When Nissan unveiled the new Juke Nismo , it also announced that it was simply the tip of the iceberg for the new Nismo family. We have already seen the GT-R Nismo that followed it, and now a new Sentra Nismo Concept. This concept is on display next to the GT-R Nismo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , and we have big hopes to see it put into production.
The concept features the usual Nismo elements, like the more powerful engine, the aerodynamic kit, tuned suspensions and a high performance braking system, red accents all over and, of course, a sporty interior.
The Sentra Nismo Concept rocks a Bright Pearl White exterior paint combined with a carbon fiber pattern on numerous exterior elements and the staple Nismo red line on the front spoiler lip, the side skirts, the rear spoiler and the exterior mirrors.
Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept.
With every passing year, compact cars seem to get better and better, so it’s no surprise that the the Sentra is not the same entry-level, cheapo Nissan it used to be. Our Sentra tester is fitted with the SR trim package, which adds in plenty of bells and whistles that you would expect from a more expensive vehicle, including keyless entry, push-button start and navigation. The best part is the price; at $21,550 as tested, the Sentra SR offers plenty of bang for your buck.
The Sentra SR’s exterior is very well appointed with LED headlight surrounds, sport front and rear bumpers, and side skirts that look like they belong in "The Fast and the Furious" series. Even the alloy wheels look pretty good for the price.
What really pulls the whole exterior together is that Electric Metallic Blue paint that we last saw on the 370Z a few years back. Sure, it’s not a Ferrari, but there’s a lot to take in for the price point.
The interior is a not quite as satisfying as the outside, but the push-button start and navigation system for under $22k, we’re not complaining.
The seats are cloth, but they look good for the class, and the dash is padded with the more expensive, soft plastic. Add to that trimming that doesn’t feel like it was stamped in the same Chinese factory as your iPhone case, and the overall interior package is fairly attractive. Top that with good rear leg room, nice visibility all around and folding rear seats, and you have a flexible product with very little compromises.
On the road, the Sentra drives okay, but with a CVT driving the front wheels, it is not an overly exhilarating experience. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels better than a lot of more expensive cars, and the CVT does a good job at limiting torque steer and unwanted movement in the steering wheel.
The suspension is comfortable for daily use, but it also allows you to take corners with confidence. We even caught ourselves taking a few corners fast enough to get a little feedback from the tires, which added a some extra fun to the drive. Is it Porsche fun? No, but it is above average for the econo-box class.
Overall The Nissan Sentra SR gives you a lot for your money. On the outside, it looks good enough to prevent your buddies from chuckling at you when you roll up in it, and inside, you have plenty of premium features to keep you happy for years to come.
Of course, with the 2014 Toyota Corolla debuting a sporty look, your choice of entry-level sedans is getting harder.
The previous generation Nissan Sentra was on sale from 2007 to 2012, and now for the 2013 model year the company is launching the seventh generation Sentra. The model is about 150 lbs lighter and comes with a new 1.8-liter engine and the next-generation Xtronic CVT with sub-planetary gear for optimal performance and efficiency.
The new generation Sentra is using the same design language as the recently announced Altima . New features include a new new signature trapezoid-shaped grille and large wraparound headlights with LED accents.
The 2013 Sentra is being built on a new platform that is lighter than the previous design and is powered by a new 1.8-liters 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 130 HP and 128 lb-ft of torque.
When the new Sentra goes on sale this fall it will be offered in S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL trim levels.
"The 2013 Nissan Sentra is the most revolutionary design in the nameplate’s 30-year history, a worthy addition to what is without question the most innovative, highest quality, highest value sedan lineup in Nissan history," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the complete redesign for 2013, Sentra is closer in look and feel to Altima than a typical compact sedan."
Updated 08/31/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Sentra.
Updated 10/01/2012: Nissan announced today prices for the new 2013 Sentra. The model will be priced from $15,990 when it goes on sale at U.S. Nissan dealers nationwide beginning October 16.
After debuting the new Altima at the 2012 New York Auto Show, Nissan is moving on to its next project by presenting a teaser image showing five redesigned models that will be launched in the next 15 months. During the Altima’s official debut in New York, Nissan also presented a short promo video that showed five new models hidden under a white cover.
Rumors say that the list of redesigned models will begin with the production version of the 2013 Pathfinder and a new Sentra . From left to right in the teaser images, the cars are: the hatchback version of the latest Versa set to be unveiled by the end of the year, the 2013 Pathfinder, the new Altima, the redesigned Rogue compact crossover, and the next Sentra that will adopt the same design language as the new Altima.
We haven’t received any confirmations for any of the models listed, but these are the best speculated vehicles in terms of Nissan’s history. Nissan has confirmed, however, that the new Sentra will be the next model unveiled.
The small car market in the United States has been growing by leaps and bounds in the recent years and new offerings have made existing vehicles seem outdated. These machines, such as the Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Cruze , make the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla seem more at home with a horse attached to the front.
Yet, what happens when one gets a vehicle that seemed outdated before the launch of those new models? The Nissan Sentra is just one of those models, as its styling inside and out could easily be from 1999, but does that really matter? Styling is, after all, something that each person sees differently and the interior of a vehicle, as important as it is to the media, doesn’t seem to matter much to Americans. Just look at how many Impalas sold last year and this point will hit home.
So, with that being said, is the Nissan Sentra a work of art hidden under a bland exterior, or is its 20th century appearance a sign of what’s to come once on the road? In order to find out, Nissan gave us a 2011 Sentra 2.0 SL to drive around for seven days.
The most powerful Sentra in Nissan ’s line-up enters the 2011 model year with minimal changes compared to the previous model year. It is still offered in two versions: SE-R priced at $19,580 and SE-R Spec V priced at $20,080.
Both models are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 HP and 172 lb-ft of torque for the SE-R model and at 200 HP and and 180 lb-ft of torque for the Spec V model. The engine can be mated to either a Xtronic CVT transmission or a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
Compared to a standard Sentra, the SE-R model is distinguished by an aggressive front and rear fascias, side sill extensions, rear spoiler and SE-R badging. Inside Sentra SE-R’s cabin are a number of unique SE-R features, including an exclusive black interior color, sport bucket front seats with SE-R stitching, unique seat fabrics, aluminum foot pedal pads, leather-appointed steering wheel (with silver stitching on Spec V) and shift knob, and an additional two-gauge meter pack.
It seems Nissan has been at the drawing board as they are ready to dish out a variety of refreshers and new models. There will be a redesigned version for all of the Versa subcompact 4- and 5-door models, the Sentra compact sedan, and the Altima midsize coupe, plus there will be a new sedan in the next two years. Nissan is also stating that they will be bringing out some more new models, but these big plans do not include a revival of the old 240SX . According to Nissan, the car will not sell on the market and an estimated number of 30,000 units a year is not convincing.
So, instead of coming out with a totally new model, Nissan plans on creating a coupe version of the current Sentra. Future Nissans have to be ’high-volume and high-share kind of products", he says. "I’m not looking to fill every niche, every opportunity. If I let my product planners go, they could come up with 15 other cars we should have."
As for the next generation Altima, it will be radically changed. Dealers have already seen the shortened version and seem to be impressed: "They’re probably more excited than I’ve ever seen them."
Nissan Sentra is entering the 2011 model year with a few more packages and some exterior modifications. The Sentra will again be offered in 6 models including the 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL, SE-R, and SE-R Spec V with prices ranging from $15,520 for the 2.0 version to $18,850 for the SL version.
The 2011 Sentra comes with a standard 140-HP 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission or a fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
Some of the changes made to the 2011 Nissan Sentra are an improved EPA estimated fuel economy as well as the addition of a SE-R style rear spoiler for 2.0 CVT, 2.0 S, and 2.0 SL models. The Sentra 2.0 now comes with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) as standard while the Sentra 2.0, 2.0 S, and 2.0 SR will get Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) as standard. As an option, Sentra owners will also have the opportunity to receive the new SL Value Package, the Visual Audio Package, or the SL Audio Package.
Nissan said today that it may halt production of its vehicles in Tennessee and Mexico because of a parts shortage from Hitachi Ltd.
The company has not yet decided to stop production as of now, Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan’s chief operating officer told Automotive News. If production does come to a halt, it could mean a loss of 15,000 vehicles. Production in Japan will stop on July 14 to July 16 because of the parts delay.
The part in question is an engine control unit that wasn’t delivered on time. The supplier said that integrated circuits needed were not available at the time.
"We’re working around the clock to try and minimize any inconvenience to our customers," Shiga said at the launch of the fourth-generation March compact car.
"For now, we’re still gauging when and whether we would need to halt production in the United States."
If Nissan do decide to stop production, the first models affected might be the Altima and the Sentra .
Looks can indeed be deceiving and if you watch this new Nissan Canada commercial for the Sentra SE-R , you would think that the cars that were used during filming were actual Nissan vehicles.
Ok, that last statement isn’t entirely true and only somebody with a warped sense of dimensions would think that the car used in the ad is a real Sentra SE-R. Memo to you buddy: those are 1/10th scale RC models of the Sentra SE-R.
The more you watch the ad though, the more those cars begin to look like the real thing. Then again, Nissan isn’t exactly a neophyte when it comes to making commercials using RC vehicles so we shouldn’t at all be surprised that they dusted off an old marketing trick to promote their new Sentra SE-R.
If it works, it works. We shouldn’t be blaming Nissan for not coming out with something new to attract our attention. Rather, we should be blaming ourselves for continuing to enjoy something these guys have already done before. And to be honest, we can’t get enough of the commercial.