Nissan's compact sedan is getting significant upgrades for the 2020 model year.
Having been on sale since 2013, the current-generation Nissan Sentra is starting to show its age. Thankfully, Nissan's compact sedan will soon be getting a significant update to help it fend off competitors such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, which have both been renewed since the current Sentra launched.
We won't have to wait very long to see the new model either, as Nissan has confirmed the all-new 2020 Sentra will debut on November 19 at a standalone event in LA. While Nissan hasn't released any teaser photos of the new Sentra yet, it will likely share design cues with the all-new Sylphy that debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show back in April, which is China's version of the Sentra.
Compared to the old model, the new Sylphy has a sportier appearance thanks to its wider stance and lower center of gravity. Impressively, it also has a drag coefficient of just 0.26, matching the Nissan GT-R. The interior has also been updated with a three-outlet air conditioning system, an eight-inch screen for the infotainment system and a seven-inch color instrument cluster. Expect these changes to carry over to the new Sentra.
According to leaked order guides, the all-new Sentra will be powered by a standard 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that produces 149 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. That's 20 percent more power than you get in the current Sentra, which develops 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque in the base model.
Like the current model, power will be sent through a CVT transmission, but we're hoping the six-speed manual will still be optional. Ride quality should also improve thanks to a multilink rear suspension that replaces the current car's torsion beam setup.
In addition, the new Sentra will also come equipped with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite that includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and auto high beams as standard. The current Nissan Sentra starts at $17,890, but don't be surprised if these updates result in a price bump for the all-new model. More details will be revealed on November 19 when the 2020 Nissan Sentra makes its world debut.