Nissan North America said that the 2013 Nissan Sentra will be based on the all-new global sedan. Together with this announcement, teaser video clips and images of the 2013 Sentra SR were released. Later this summer, the all-new Sentra will be introduced in the U.S. and will start selling in the fall.
Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing of NNA, said that Sentra is the third of a total of five new core models that will be presented in a 15-month period. He said that sales of the all-new Altima will start this summer and will be trailed by the new Pathfinder and Sentra.
By the time of the launch of the upcoming two new models in 2013, the company would have freshened up 75% of its volume. This gives loyal customers a treat as well as entices more people to enter Nissan’s showrooms.
The launch of the all-new 2013 Sentra coincides with the 30th anniversary of the brand in the U.S., giving consumers a taste of the refinement and innovation that it offers in the segment. More details about the Sentra are expected this summer.
When compared to the prior model, the wheelbase of the 2013 Nissan Sentra is longer by 0.6 inch to 106.3 inches. It is also longer by 2.3 inches with overall length at 182.1 inches.
The overhand in the front is shorter though but the one in the rear has been extended. With overall width narrower by 1.2 inches and height lower by 0.6 inch, this ensures the 2013 Sentra has improved aerodynamics with coefficient of drag now at 0.29 instead of the former 0.34. Despite these changes, the interior volume is 110.0 cubic feet, almost the same as the previous version at 110.8 cubic feet.
These figures reveal that indeed, the 2013 Sentra offers one of the largest volumes for the interior in its segment. This is in addition to the excellent legroom in the rear seat and the improved capacity of the trunk. Unlike the design of the prior Sentra, the new model has its beltline lowered. There is also a character line added which begins in the fenders in the front, goes to the sides, and extends all the way to the sculpted taillights and its trunklid.
This not only gives the new Sentra that more aggressive stance but helps improve the outside visibility of those inside. The exterior shows other features like the handles of the door and its accents in chrome. Its heated outside mirrors meanwhile have been integrated with the turn signals. Made available as well are the sporty fascias in the front and rear plus a new spoiler in the rear.
What this means is that the 2013 Sentra has a design that is clearly more contemporary, refined, and elegant. This reveals that the new model has that “professional” quality and is aimed at more upscale customers who want something that offers a little more premium compared to other models in the segment. It even has that new trapezoid-shaped grille as well as the large wraparound headlights that have LED accents.
Without a doubt, this makes the 2013 Sentra the only sedan belonging to the compact class to have such features fitted as standard. On the back, taillights in LED are included as standard which complements the rather sophisticated style.