Into its eighth generation, this four-door Nissan is fresh from the ground up, biking on a new platform. This foundation makes the Sentra about 2 inches wider and sits about 2.2 inches closer to the ground than before, changes that will greatly improve its overall proportions.
MacPherson support bearing with dual-tube shock absorbers support the car's front end, while a new, two-wheel, electrically-powered power steering system will provide improved dynamics. At the rear you will find a new independent suspension design
On top of the car's basic structure, the designers gave Sentra some welcome new style. Sure it looks like Nissan's other sedans like the handsome Altima and sporty Maxima. In front is a prominent V-movement grille, and there are more lines and sharper creases. The wheels, which span up to 18 inches in diameter, are now flush with the body for an improved look.
A generous palette of eight exterior colors is offered. In addition, three two-color options are available, including super-black with monarch orange metallic, a combination that is special to pick up.
Keeping things simple, only two trim packages and three models are offered: S, SV and SR. Some of the basic version's headline features include 16-inch steel wheels, remote control without keyless entry, and push-button start. They also boast a 4.2-inch driver information display and a multimedia system with a 7-inch display.
Step up to an SV model and you get 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and dual-zone climate control. SV and higher models also have four-wheel disc brakes, which must mean that the base version still has rear drums. Sad trombone …
Finally, SR variants get all that and more, including a number of appearance enhancements such as the aforementioned 18-inch rims. Beyond that, they also have a rear spoiler, black mirror caps with integrated turn signal repeaters and special window extenders. Their grills and exhaust manifolds are also treated with a dark cream surface.
The Nissan Safety Shield 360, the carmaker's suite of six advanced driver assistance technologies, is standard throughout the range. This includes elements such as lane warning, blind spot monitoring and automatic high beams. An intelligent screen around the view is also available.
Nissan worked to make the Sentra far more stylish, and hopefully desirable, than before, but it also focused a lot of time and energy on the car's interior. The company wanted to improve its perceived quality to better compete with segment-leading small cars. To do this, Nissan equipped it with finer switches and knobs, a more premium, flat bottom steering wheel and satin chrome aluminum accents. Designers also tried to make all the controls more intuitive than before.
Like its larger sedan siblings, Sentra Nissan's NASA-inspired Zero-Gravity has bucket seats. They should be superior to what is offered in today's model, which is less comfortable to sit on than a broken bag chair. Improved sealing of doors and bodywork should noticeably reduce the penetration of wind and road noise.
Apart from all this news, the 2020 Sentra also has a fresh driveline. It is built around a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 149 horsepower and 145 kilograms of torque. It's significantly more muscular than the 1.8-liter unit it replaces and should be more efficient to boot, although official fuel economy ratings aren't available right now. Typically, a continuously variable automatic transmission is the engine's dance partner.
Sentra is Nissan's best-selling model in the United States. Since its introduction in 1982, the Japanese car manufacturer has provided more than 6 million examples. This all-new 2020 version will be the most similar one has ever offered. Look for examples of dealers starting in January. The pricing will of course be announced closer to the date of sale.