For its upcoming 2013 Sentra, Nissan has done a fair amount of work upgrading interior refinement, adding new technology, and increasing fuel economy. These improvement may not come as much of a surprise to industry watchers, as the car has already been released on other parts of the globe.
Nissan has done conservative work on the exterior, borrowing design aesthetics from that of the larger Altima with the new trapezoid-shaped grill and LED-wrapped headlights. Along the way, the new shape has shed 5 percent, or 150 pounds, of its overall weight.
On the inside Nissan makes a Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) system available for the first time in the Sentra. A new version of NissanConnect with navigation has also made an appearance and is available with Pandora and Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, which reads and sends text messages without drivers having to move their hands from the steering wheel.
Under the hood, Nissan added a new DOHC 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a brand-new Xtronic CVT transmission that is lighter in weight and more efficient overall. This combination helps provide the Sentra with 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque as well as fuel economy of 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
We have yet to determine how these improvements affect the way it drives, but we should be able to get our hands on it in the near future.