LOS ANGELES – Following major revisions of the Nissan Maxima flagship sedan and best-selling Nissan Altima for the 2016 model year, Nissan today debuted a significantly revised 2016 Sentra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan Canada dealers nationwide in early 2016.
"For 2016, we're giving our popular Sentra a complete makeover – that's three-for-three for our top sedans," said Steve Rhind, director of marketing at Nissan Canada Inc. "Like Altima, we're taking a powerful nameplate and making it even better."
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 due to 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.
Also announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show was the new Nissan Versa Note Colour Studio program, which allows owners to "make it yours" through an a la carte selection of 13 exterior and interior accent accessories, each available in a choice of six vibrant colours.
About the 2016 Nissan Sentra
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 a 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. Sentra SV, SR and SL grades include a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) located between the tachometer and speedometer. These grades also include Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition as standard equipment.
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).
Another new available technology is NissanConnectSM Services powered by SiriusXM®. It offers emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts and convenience services (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). The system allows the driver to set customized alerts for family and friends – such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications.
NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® (six-month free trial; subscription required, sold separately), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) are standard on SL grade. Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are included in the Luxury and Premium Packages (SV and SR grades) and standard on Sentra SL.
The 2016 Sentra also delivers enhanced performance and handling through a retuned suspension design featuring a 10 per cent 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 (EPS) mapping in conjunction with the revised suspension and new tire design.
All 2016 Sentra models utilize a fuel-efficient 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available with the Sentra S and SV grades.
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