We got our first glimpse at a potential redesign for the Nissan Sentra back in April via images of the Nissan Sylphy, the Sentra’s Chinese doppelganger. Just recently, the automaker made this redesign official and dropped many of the key details surrounding the 2020 Nissan Sentra at the same time.
Visually, the 2020 Nissan Sentra will boast the same upgrades as the Sylphy, which is simply the Maxima and Altima trickled down to this compact sedan. This redesign brings in the sloped nose, bolder V-motion grille, more prominent hips, floating roof, and thin headlights found on its big brothers. New wheels and color options, including three two-tone color options, will round out the 2020 Sentra’s exterior redesign.
The trickle-down styling will continue inside, which is where the Sentra has long lagged behind the Altima and Maxima. It will not only gain the flat-bottom steering wheel that’s spread throughout the Nissan lineup, but it will also gain smoother-operating dials and switches, round air vents, a dash-top infotainment screen, and a swoopy dash design that give it a sportier and more premium look. Speaking of premium, the new-generation Sentra will reach new levels in this area with available options like quilted-leather seating, Zero Gravity seats, a 360-degree camera, and an 8-inch touchscreen.
As of now, Nissan has a single powertrain planned for the 2020 Sentra: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 149 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque mated with a continuously variable transmission. This will give it 20% more horsepower and 16% more torque than the outgoing model. Nissan also claims a boost in fuel economy, but there are no official details on that yet.
What’s not addressed is a turbocharged option to replace the current 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that injects 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque into the SR Turbo and NISMO variants. Leaving a turbo option off would result in a big gap when compared to the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. This may come in a later announcement, so stay tuned.
Like so many of its competitors, Nissan has put a lot of focus on advanced safety, even in economy models like the Sentra. The current model boasts standard automatic emergency braking and optional blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2020 Sentra will expand on this with standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, which will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, and automatic high-beam headlights. Optionally, buyers will be able to add rear door alert, intelligent forward collision warning, and a driver alertness monitor.
While there are no IIHS or NHTSA safety tests yet, this array of safety gear sets it up nicely to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Pricing & Release Date
Nissan expects the 2020 Sentra to arrive in showrooms in early January of 2020.
Official pricing will start at $20,015 including destination, which equates to a price increase of $410 compared to a 2019 Sentra S with CVT. The value-oriented SV has been priced from $21,195, followed by the range-topping SR at $22,355.