2016 Nissan Sentra, with starting price of $16,780, causes sensation at dealerships

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 6, 2016

The remodelled 2016 Nissan Sentra sedan arrives at dealerships just as Nissan has wrapped up its best-ever sales year. The redesigned 6-speed manual transmission has made a significant impression on the market. This is in part due to the low retail price of only $16,780 for the Sentra S 6MT. Despite the manufacturer’s move to give the car a significant make over the price of the new model only increased by $250, making it financially attractive to customers.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations, Nissan, North America, Dan Mohnke recognised the significant impact the Sentra S has had, saying that the Sentra has had “tremendous growth” in sales and market share in the past few years, earning it a reputation as one of Nissan’s quickest growing nameplates.

With an impressive exterior and a range of improved technology and safety features, it is clear to see why the Sentra has been such a hit. The body of the Sentra now looks like a sibling of the redesigned 2016 Maxima or the new 2016 Altima. It is clear Nissan is evolving into a new look with its fleet of revised vehicles.

2016 Sentra has new front and rear fascias, grille, fenders and hood. The distinctive Nissan head and tail lights remain and customers can opt for a new 17-inch aluminium alloy wheel design. The Sentra SR and SL models feature new low beam LED headlights and signature accents for a dramatic look. All models have the useful feature of automatic lights.

The interior has changed significantly. The driver’s seat is more comfortable thanks to new lumbar support. The seat fabric has a more luxurious feel and the interior space has been well used. The centre console and shifter knob have been upgraded and the instrument panel uses Advanced Drive-Assist Display (ADAD) and a 5.0-inch screen.

Sentra SV, SR and SL models also feature Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition, making hands free driving a doddle. The new Sentra comes with an emphasis on safety. As part of Nissan’s Safety Shield Technologies, there is a new emphasis on improving the driver’s visual awareness.

2016 Nissan Sentra is fitted with Forward Emergency Braking, (FEB), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to reduce any margin of error. And with the Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), the driver has a range of driving options.

Whichever Sentra model you opt for, they all come with a 4 cylinder, 1.8 litre, fuel efficient engine complete with sub-planetary gear and advanced Xtronic transmission. The Sentra S grade comes with a 6 speed manual transmission. Using the Xtronic transmission provides 32mpg fuel economy or 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway without. The 6 speed Sentra S produces 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combing the Xtronic transmission.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for the 2016 Nissan Sentra in US Dollars are as follows: Sentra S 6MT $16,780; Sentra S Xtronic $17,630; Sentra FE+S Xtronic $18,030; Sentra SV Xtronic $18,550; Sentra SR Xtronic $20,410; Sentra SL Xtronic $22,170

Press Release

Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2016 Sentra

Nissan is closing out its best sales year ever with the arrival today of the refreshed 2016 Sentra sedan at Nissan dealers nationwide. The starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price* (MSRP) for the Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission is $16,780, an increase of just $250 despite significant enhancements to the Sentra lineup for the new model year.

"Sentra has experienced tremendous growth in sales and market share in recent years, making it one of Nissan's fastest growing nameplates," said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Sales & Marketing Operations, U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. "To help keep momentum going, we've given Sentra a new look and feel for 2016, starting with a revised exterior and the addition of an expanded suite of available safety and driving aid technologies."

The exterior redesign brings Sentra closer to the bold 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 and signature boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights and a new available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design. Sentra SR and SL grades add new LED low-beam 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, refined seat fabrics and auto on/off headlights for all grades. The instrument panel features an Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) with 5.0-inch screen located between the tachometer and speedometer on Sentra SV, SR and SL grades. These grades also include Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition as standard equipment.

A number of Nissan's advanced Safety Shield Technologies are also now available on Sentra for the first time – 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® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) are combined as part of the new Technology Package offered for Sentra SR and SL grades. Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are included in the Driver's Assist Package (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 percent 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 third-generation D-Step logic for Xtronic transmission-equipped models. The D-Step Logic Control helps provide a more stable, natural and crisper shift feel (versus the previous execution).

Sentra also features a new standard Active Understeer Control (AUC) system (not available on S 6MT and FE+ S grades), similar to that utilized on the 2016 Nissan Altima. The AUC system utilizes intelligent control logic and high-response brake actuators to lightly brake the inside front wheels during cornering (as required) to increase yaw-moment. Using the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)/Traction Control System (TCS) as its base, Active Understeer Control is almost undetectable when it operates.

Steering feel and response have also been improved through use of optimized Electric Power Steering (EPS) mapping in conjunction with the revised suspension and new tire design.

Also new for 2016 is one exterior color – Deep Blue Pearl, one of 10 available 2016 Sentra colors.

All Sentra models utilize a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter 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 grade. Fuel economy is rated at 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined with the Xtronic transmission. The Sentra FE+ S grade achieves 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined. The Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission is rated at 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined.

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