The 2016 Nissan Sentra that will arrive in the fall will feature a variety of updates on its body styling as well as have a new range of technology improvements. Three years ago, the Sentra had its full redesign for the 2013 model year. According to Nissan’s senior VP for sales and marketing and operations in the U.S.
Fred Diaz, the model that will be coming out is “almost all new” and will be “incredibly freshened.” The finishing that Nissan undertook for the Sentra will mirror what’s in store for the 2016 Altima midsize sedan that will be revealed later in the year. Last January, Nissan unveiled that the midcycle changes for the volume-leader Altima will be more considerable than usual.
It’s not typical for automakers to make plenty of modifications for a model that is selling well. It can’t be denied that the present Sentra and Altima are both good performers. In 2014, Nissan’s Sentra sales in the U.S. increased by 42% to 183,268 units (representing the nameplate’s highest volume in the past 25 years).
Before the Sentra had a redesign in 2013, the automaker had looked at it as a problem. Nissan was eventually able to recover some of its market share from the top sellers in the compact segment, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. For several months now, Nissan’s current Altima has been doing better than its biggest rival, the Honda Accord.
From the start of the year through May, Nissan was able to sell 142,613 Altimas while Honda had sold 128,269 Accords. However, midcycle freshenings are now considered a bigger deal as the rivalry for market share intensifies. Honda had released a redesigned Civic compact for the 2012 model year.
Honda apparently wasn’t satisfied with the results and the car received some work for the 2013 model year. The 2014 model had even more revisions. For the 2016 model, there is a redesign being planned.
Toyota’s midcycle Camry freshening for 2015 includes a change in dimensions with the car becoming longer and wider. In addition, the instrument panel now has a new design and its basics like the carpet insulation and door seals.
Diaz said that Nissan doesn’t have any concerns about the performance of the current Sentra. However, automakers have to keep their cars fresh due to the competitiveness of the market.