Following major revisions of the Nissan Maxima flagship sedan and best-selling Nissan Altima for the 2016 model year, Nissan last week debuted a significantly revised 2016 Sentra at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
In northern America, the Nissan Sentra compact sedan has achieved some impressive numbers over its more than 30 years and seven generations of production. Sentra is Nissan’s second best-selling vehicle, behind Rogue. And since the introduction of the latest generation design in fall 2012, Sentra has experienced continuous growth in sales and market share year-over-year because of continuous product improvements, and contributes to the Nissan brand, the fastest-growing brand in Canada.
Now, to help keep the momentum going for the 2016 model year, Sentra has undergone a significant refreshing – starting with a revised exterior and the addition of an expanded suite of available safety and driving aid technologies.
The exterior redesign brings Sentra closer in look and feel to the dramatically styled, new 2016 Maxima and redesigned 2016 Altima. All three Nissan sedans reflect Nissan’s new design language first introduced on the dramatic Nissan Murano crossover.
Key features of the new Sentra exterior include new front and rear fascias, grille, fenders, hood, signature boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights and new 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design. Sentra SR and SL grades add new LED low-beam projector headlights with LED signature accents. Inside, the revised Sentra interior features a new steering wheel, new available power driver’s seat with power lumbar, new center cluster and audio display design, new console and shifter knob, and refined seat fabrics. The instrument panel offers a new TFT-type (Thin Film Transistor) LCD flat panel display with higher resolution than previous LCD screens.
The high-quality interior design features materials not usually found in compact vehicles, including soft-touch instrument panel and door armrests and available leather-appointed seating. Other available features range from Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control and a Bose Premium audio system with eight speakers, to Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry and push button ignition system and RearView Monitor.
A number of Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield Technologies are now available on Sentra for the first time – Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The 2016 Sentra also delivers enhanced performance and handling through a retuned suspension design featuring a 10-percent increase in spring and damper rates, as well as enhanced body stiffness for improved roll and body control. Drivability is enhanced through use of the next generation D-Step Logic Control for Xtronic transmission-equipped models.
The D-Step Logic Control helps provide a more stable, natural and crisper shift feel (versus the previous execution). Steering feel and response has also been improved through use of optimized electric power steering mapping in conjunction with the revised suspension and new tire design.
All 2016 Sentra models utilize a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. A six-speed manual transmission is also available.