Nissan’s currently in the process of overhauling their lineup, specifically with its sedans, which started with the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima and recently, with the updated 2016 Nissan Altima. Now, the next sibling in Nissan’s sedan line also got updated, but instead of being replaced outright like the Maxima, it instead received a heavy facelift like the Altima. Meet the 2016 Nissan Sentra sedan.
As mentioned before, similarly to the Altima, the 2016 Nissan Sentra gets a Maxima-like face since Nissan is in the process of unifying their models aesthetically with the same corporate schnoz. And that’s quite obvious with the new Sentra and Altima.
In addition to the revisions to the outside, the updated 2016 Nissan Sentra also gets some tweaks to the interior, as well as the packaging and options lists in typical and usual effort to keep things fresh.
Like the original version of the Sentra, but 2016 model year continues to be offered with a long list of technology as optional, such as NissanConnect infotainment apps by way of SiriusXM, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Sport Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Nissan didn’t share full details regarding the 2016 Sentra’s pricing or any changes under the skin, but they did say prices start at $16,780. Also, chances are the sole engine option remains unchanged, a naturally-aspirated 1.8L four-banger mated to a choice of a six-speed manual for the base model only, while any upgrade standardizes Nissan’s signature Xtronic CVT automatic.
For the press release, check it out below.
- Nissan’s popular Sentra compact sedan upgraded for 2016 model year with revised exterior styling, refreshed interior and added content
- New exterior redesign reflects Nissan’s new design language – closer in look and feel to the bold new 2016 Maxima and redesigned 2016 Altima
- Available technology includes NissanConnectSM Services powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM®subscription required, sold separately), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Pricing starts at $16,780 MSRP*
LOS ANGELES – Following major revisions of the Nissan Maxima “4-Door Sports Car” and best-selling Nissan Altima for the 2016 model year, Nissan today debuted a significantly revised 2016 Sentra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late December.
“For 2016, we’re giving our popular Sentra a complete makeover – that’s three-for-three for our top sedans,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc., during remarks to the media. “Like Altima, we’re taking a powerful nameplate and making it even better.”
Sentra has been on a record pace in 2015, with sales up 9.7 percent through October. Sentra is Nissan’s third best-selling vehicle, behind Altima and Rogue. Sentra market share has also nearly doubled in the last three years. More than 93 percent of Sentras sold in the past 10 years are still on the road today.**
“The new Sentra launches from a position of real strength in the marketplace, especially with a starting price of $16,780,” added Diaz. “And for less than $20,000, customers can purchase a Sentra SV with Driver Assist Package, which includes the innovative active safety features customers highly desire and utilize on a daily basis – such as Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.”
Full pricing on all grade levels and packages will be announced later.
Also announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show was the new Nissan Versa Note Color Studio program, which allows owners to “make it yours” through an a la carte selection of 13 exterior and interior accent accessories, each available in a choice of six vibrant colors.
In addition, two limited production Nissan JUKE SV packages were revealed – the Black Stinger Edition by Color Studio and Yellow Stinger Edition by Color Studio. Both feature contrasting color exterior pieces and exclusive yellow interior design, including JUKE’s signature painted center console.
About the 2016 Nissan Sentra
The exterior redesign brings Sentra closer in look and feel 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, signature boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights and a new 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design. Sentra SR and SL grades add new LED low-beam projector 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, and refined seat fabrics. The instrument panel offers a new TFT-type (Thin Film Transistor) LCD flat panel display with higher resolution than previous LCD screens. Sentra SV, SR and SL grades include a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) located between the tachometer and speedometer. These grades also include Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition as standard equipment.
The high-quality interior design features materials not usually found in compact vehicles, including soft-touch instrument panel and door armrests and available leather-appointed seating. Other available features range from Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control and a Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers, to Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and push button ignition system and RearView Monitor.
A number of Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield Technologies are 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 NissanConnect℠ 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 Navigation 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 next generation D-Step Logic Control for Xtronic transmission-equipped models.
The D-Step Logic Control helps provide a more stable, natural and crisper shift feel (versus the previous execution). Steering feel and response has also been improved through use of optimized Electric Power Steering (EPS) mapping in conjunction with the revised suspension and new tire design.
All 2016 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.
The 2016 Nissan Sentra is offered in six models: S 6MT, S Xtronic, FE+ S, SV, SR and SL.
– By: Chris Chin