Production of the 2013 Nissan Sentra sedan has started at its plant located in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Since 1992, the Sentra has been produced in Mexico. However, Nissan still made a $150 million investment to get the Aguascalientes plant ready in producing the new Sentra. Nissan released a video to show that on August 30 (the first day of production), a blue Sentra was the first car to be built.
To celebrate the arrival of the cars, Nissan workers prepared confetti and a live orchestra as well as a salute of car horns. The 2013 Sentra will be exported from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada. It will also be available in Mexico. The Aguascalientes plant has produced over 430,000 Sentras since 1992.
With the expectation that the new Sentra will be more popular than the previous model, Nissan will raise the manufacturing capacity of its Canton, Mississippi plant later this year. The Canton factory is where the following models are built: Nissan Altima sedan, Armada SUV, Titan pickup, NV van, Xterra SUV, and Frontier pickup truck. The 2013 Nissan Sentra will start selling this fall in the U.S.
The new car features an all-new sheetmetal that is more stylish than the old Sentra sedan. As a result, the new Sentra complements the design of the new Altima. The new Sentra is lighter than the 2012 Sentra by at least 150 pounds but it has a bigger interior and trunk space due to an improved packaging.
It is only available with one engine choice – a 130-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four engine. The Nissan Sentra has a continuously variable transmission, enabling it to have a fuel economy rating of 30/39 mpg (city/highway). A special FE+ version, which will feature more aerodynamic body components, will offer 40 mpg on the highway.
The new design of the 2013 Nissan Sentra exudes elegance, modernity and refinement. This gives the new Sentra a "professional" personality that makes it suitable for customers seeking for a vehicle with a more premium appearance all throughout. This new design for the Sentra makes use of the carmaker’s new signature trapezoid-shaped grille, as flanked by large wraparound headlamps with LED accents. The taillights – also employing LED units – mirror the elegant and modern front styling.
Differentiating the new Sentra from its predecessor is a number design tweaks. For instance, the new Sentra comes with a lower beltline. It also features a new character line running from the front fenders to the sculpted taillights and trunk lid. Moreover, the latest version of the Sentra comes with chrome door handles and accents. Customers may avail of heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, and available sport front and rear fascias and rear spoiler.
Underpinning the new 2013 Sentra is a new platform lighter than its predecessor, which helps the latest iteration of vehicle to shed over 150 pounds of weight. This new platform is also responsible for allowing the new Sentra to offer one of the largest interior volumes in its class. Likewise, this platform allowed the 2013 Sentra to offer ample rear seat legroom and large trunk capacity. With this platform, the new Sentra was able to have a length of 182.1 inches and a wheelbase of 106.3 inches. This means that the overall length and wheelbase of the new Sentra are 0.6 inches and 2.3 inches, respectively, longer than its predecessor.
While the Sentra’s front overhang has been shortened, its rear overhang has been extended. Compared to the previous model, the new Sentra was made shorter (minus 0.6 inches) and narrower (minus 1.2 inches) to improve its enhanced aerodynamics. In fact, the new Sentra features a coefficient of drag value of 0.29 Cd, which is better than its predecessor’s (0.34 Cd). Despite the more compact dimensions, the interior volume of the new Sentra (111.0 cubic feet) is nearly the same as its predecessor’s (110.8 cubic feet).