Sure, you could watch the teaser video that Nissan released yesterday. And in fact, it shows off the car pretty well, especially if you watch it in slow motion. But wouldn’t you rather see the real deal, and skip out on the teasing? Of course you would.
Meet the 2013 Nissan Sentra. Well, technically it’s the 2013 Nissan Sylphy fro the Chinese market. Same difference, though. As you can see from the photos, the 2013 Sentra style is heavily based on the 2013 Altima. That’s hardly a bad thing, considering how good the new Altima looks. From my preview:
Are you kidding? It looks great. This is a fantastic time to be in the market for a midsize sedan. From the front, angles, and side, the Altima looks like a much more expensive car than it is. The rear isn’t quite as nice, but it’s hardly an eyesore. The front grille is very Infiniti-esque, which is a nice touch.
The Sentra is decidedly more modern than the current model. It’s also less, well, blocky. It doesn’t appear to have an A pillar the size of Kansas, which is my least favorite thing about the current Sentra. The 2013 version isn’t necessarily gorgeous, but what compact economy sedan is? It does look quite attractive, though. It’s curvaceous without being bubbly, and Nissan didn’t go crazy with the chrome. The interior looks top notch for the class, though the feel matters here as well.
Under the hood
I’ll speculate. The Sylphy is sporting a 1.8 liter4 cylinder engine, as evidenced by the 1.8 badge. The current Sentra is powered by a 2.0 liter engine good for 140 horsepower. I’ll wager than Nissan will keep the 2.0 around for the US market, but they’ll find an extra 15 or 20 ponies. Fuel economy will skyrocket at the same time – otherwise the Altima will be a more attractive choice.
All in all, this looks like another great redesign from Nissan. I can’t wait to see the specs and fuel economy numbers on this one.