Nissan's all-new 2013 Sentra was unveiled in Dallas, Texas today, showing off a svelte new body with clear design connections to its bigger Altima sibling.
The new Sentra compact is said to be 5% (68 kg) lighter than its predecessor, despite being bigger, with more interior room.
More aerodynamic as well, it enables use of a more fuel-efficient 1.8-liter engine, which combined with a next generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) results in a 13 percent improvement in combined fuel consumption.
NRCan fuel-consumption figures haven't been released yet but Nissan touts its combined fuel-economy as best-in-class.
"With the complete redesign for 2013, Sentra is closer in look and feel to Altima than (to) a typical compact sedan,' says Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America.
It offers best-in-segment connectivity features as well as fuel economy, he claims.
Stylistically, the Sentra adopts Nissan's now-signature trapezoid-shaped grille and large wraparound headlights with LED accents. LED taillights are also standard.
New side-body lines and a lower belt-line give the new Sentra a more aggressive stance and enhanced outward visibility for passengers.
It is built on a new platform that is not only lighter but encompasses one of the largest interior volumes in its class, with ample rear seat legroom and enhanced trunk capacity.
Compared with the previous generation Sentra, the 2013 model has a slightly longer wheelbase (by 15 mm) and it's 58 mm longer (4625 mm). It has a shorter front overhang and a greater rear overhang and it's slightly lower in height (-15 mm) and narrower 930 mm), to enhance aerodynamics
The coefficient of drag has been reduced to 0.29 from the previous 0.34.
Premium touches inside touches inside include soft-touch instrument panel and driver's door armrest, available leather-appointed seating and available wood-tone trim.
Rear seat legroom of 881 mm is among the largest in class and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. Trunk capacity of 427 litres is 12% larger than in the current model.
Standard interior features include 6-way manual driver's seat, 4-way manual front passenger's seat, air conditioning with microfilter, tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows with driver's one-touch auto up/down and auto reverse, power door locks with auto-locking feature, two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, remote keyless entry and remote trunk and fuel-filler door releases.
A new Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) system is offered for the first time with Sentra, allowing the driver or front passengers to set their own individual temperature settings.
The standard audio system is an AM/FM/CD system with four speakers, with several up-level options available, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System.
Optional NissanConnect with Navigation includes a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant that reads incoming text messages and allows drivers to reply without taking their hands off of the steering wheel.
Other available technology ranges from the RearView Monitor and Nissan Intelligent Key with illuminated push-button ignition switch to a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy Fill Tire Alert feature.
The new Sentra also features an independent strut front suspension with anti-roll bar, torsion-beam rear axle with integrated anti-roll bar, power-assisted vented front disc/rear drum braking system (4-wheel disc brakes available), and vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering.
Available wheels and tires include 16-inch steel wheels with full covers with 205/55R16 size all-season tires or 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires.
Six trim levels are offered (U.S. Spec; Canadian to be determined): Sentra S, FE+S, SV, SV+S, sporty SR and the top-of-the-line SL, with progressively greater content as they move up the price scale.
All models come with standard Xtronic CVT, except the base Sentra S, which is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT.