2015 LA Auto Show: 2016 Nissan Sentra debuts with big upgrades but price stays low at $16,780

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 20, 2015

Making its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is the 2016 Nissan Sentra – the third sedan from the brand to receive a complete makeover. The automaker had previously taken the covers off its Maxima “4-Door Sports Car” and Altima for its 2016 model lineup.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra is set to start selling at dealerships throughout the U.S. in the latter part of December. In an interview with reporters, Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations of Nissan North America, said that the Sentra, like its two other top sedans, has been given major revisions to make it “even better.”

Since 2015, Sentra has been breaking sales records, with a 9.7% sales increase through October. Altima is the top-selling Nissan model. Rogue ranks second while Sentra is at the third position. In the past three years, Sentra’s market share has almost doubled. As proof of how resilient this model is, over 93% of Sentra units that have been sold in the past decade are still plying the roads.

Diaz said that the new Sentra, which has a price range that starts at $16,780, is positioned strongly in the market. Customers don’t have to spend more than $20,000 to get a Sentra SV that already has the Driver Assist Package, which consists of several safety features like the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning.

Nissan said that it will reveal the complete pricing information on all the grade levels as well as the various packages at a later time. The Japanese automaker also took the opportunity at the LA Show to present its new Nissan Versa Note Color Studio program.

It’s sure to excite owners who want to personalize their vehicles. Nissan is offering a wide array of possibilities, which include 13 exterior and interior accent accessories. Each is offered with a choice of six vivid colors.

Nissan also brought two limited production Nissan JUKE SV packages to the show. Both from Color Studio, these are the Black Stinger Edition and the Yellow Stinger Edition. They display contrasting colors and they feature an exclusive yellow interior design, which is inclusive of the unique painted center console found in the JUKE.

The 2016 Sentra’s exterior was redesigned so that it will complement the bold design of the new Maxima as well as the look and feel of the latest Altima. With this most recent unveiling, Nissan completes the launch of its new design that was first seen on the Murano crossover.

Among the highlights of the new Sentra’s exterior are its new front and rear fascias, hood, grille, fenders, trademark taillights and headlights shaped like a boomerang, and a new design on its 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The SR and SL grades have the added feature of new LED low-beam projector headlights with LED signature accents. On the other hand, its interior has the following exciting new features: a new steering wheel, new center cluster and audio display design, new available power driver’s seat with power lumbar, improved seat fabrics, and new console and shifter knob.

Upon closer scrutiny, its instrumental panel features a new TFT-type (Thin Film Transistor) LCD flat panel display with higher resolution than the older LCD screens. Between the tachometer and speedometer is a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display (ADAD) that is only available in the SV, SR and SL grades.

These grades also have the Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition as a standard feature. The materials used to adorn its interior are top quality and aren’t typically used in compact vehicles. It would be a rare occurrence to find soft-touch instrument panel, door armrests, or leather-appointed seating at compact models.

But it doesn’t end there. There are even more incredible features available in the new Sentra. These include Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, a Bose Premium audio system with eight speakers, the brand’s Intelligent Key keyless entry and push button ignition system, as well as a RearView Monitor.

For the first time ever, Nissan is offering its advanced Safety Shield Technologies on the Sentra. These comprises Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC).

Yet another sophisticated technology is featured on the Sentra -- the NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM – which provides convenience services, remote access, personalized alerts, and emergency preparedness. Consumers should know though that they should apply for a SiriusXM subscription to make use of these services.

With this system, the driver is able to set alerts for family members or friends as it can detect and report speed, boundary limits, and curfew. There is a new Technology Package available for Sentra SR and SL grades that includes the combo of NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB).

The SV and SR grades come with Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) as part of the Navigation Package. However, these are standard equipment on the SL. Because of its retuned suspension design, the 2016 Sentra gets a 10% rise in its spring and damper rates. This means that its performance is boosted and its handling is improved.

Its roll and body control are also better while its body is stiffer. The new Sentra features the next generation D-Step Logic Control for Xtronic transmission-equipped models, making it a vehicle that’s easier and more enjoyable to drive. Among the benefits of using the D-Step Logic Control is a more stable, natural and crisper shift sensation.

Drivers will also immediately notice an improvement in its steering feel and response. This is attributed to its use of optimized Electric Power Steering (EPS) mapping together with the modified suspension and redesigned tires.

The entire lineup of 2016 Sentra models is powered by a frugal 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine partnered with an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. In addition, the Sentra S grade is available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Six models are available for the 2016 Nissan Sentra -- S 6MT, S Xtronic, FE+ S, SV, SR and SL.

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