Six-year-old Sentra is getting a major refresh.
The current seventh-generation Nissan Sentra has been on the market since the 2013 model year without any major changes. Nissan just updated the car for 2019 with new technology and a slightly higher price, though we haven't heard much news regarding the next-generation Sentra, until now.
Almuraba.net has obtained leaked photos of the 2020 Nissan Sylphy, which is what Nissan calls the Sentra in China. Using alternate names for a car in different markets is common practice in the automotive industry - the Sentra has also gone by the names Sunny, Teana, Pulsar, and Tsuru in other markets.
From the leaked photos we can see the new Sentra will adopt the similar styling to the new Altima and Maxima. This new Sentra will be lower, wider, and longer than the current model. In terms of dimensions, the car is 183.1 inches long, 71.4 inches wide, and 57 inches high with a wheelbase of 106.7 inches (0.47 inches longer than the outgoing model). The Sentra will borrow Nissan's signature V-Motion grille and boomerang-shaped LED headlights and DRLs. We can also see two different wheel types - a more basic silver hubcap wheel and a sportier two-tone wheel for higher trim levels.
Under the hood sits a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower (13 more than the current model). This engine will send power to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. So far we have only seen the standard Sentra, so it is unknown if a new turbocharged Nismo model will arrive at a later time.
Expect to see the 2020 Nissan Sylphy at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show on April 16. The US-Spec Sentra is also expected to make its debut sometime this year, possibly at the 2019 New York Auto Show, which starts just one day after the Shanghai Show.