Nissan has unveiled its all new 2013 Sentra as part of its plan to release five new car models in a 15-month period.
"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," Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of Nissan Division, Nissan North America Inc., explained.
"With the complete redesign for 2013, Sentra is close in look and feel to Altima than a typical compact sedan," he continued. "Like Altima, the new Sentra offers best-in-segment attributes, such as high fuel economy and easy-to-use connectivity, that offer real customer value and convenience."
Many improvements have been made to the car's design as the new model is 150 pounds lighter than its predecessor while also having larger overall dimensions and more interior room. This lighter design allows the car to better utilize its 1.8-liter engine.
"Sentra has long been known as one of the roomiest sedans in class and the latest iteration is no exception. The fine-tuning of its dimensions has created not only extremely well-balanced exterior proportions but enhanced rear seat legroom and created a larger, more usable trunk space," said Castignetti.
The new Sentra can achieve up to 40 mpg on the highway. The vehicle sports a sophisticated new look and uses materials for the interior normally not found in compact cars such as a soft-touch instrument panel, driver's door armrest, available leather-appointed seating, and available maple wood-tone trim.
The Dual Zone Temperature setting found in the Maxima and Altima is also available in the new Sentra for the very first time.
It can achieve up to 30 mpg in the city. The 2-liter unit found in its predecessor was cut out in favor of a 1.8-liter version. It also shed 10 horsepower, settling at 130, but the lighter body should make up for the loss.