The seventh-generation of the Nissan Sentra has been on sale in the US since the 2013 model year, with a major facelift back in 2016.
The Sentra has always struggled to keep up with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in terms of sales, but Nissan is hoping to change that with the eighth-generation Sentra, which was unveiled at this year's Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. It was only a matter of time until the US-Spec version was seen driving around our roads, and that is exactly what Autoblog.com found a few days ago.
Based on the photos, the eighth-generation Sentra will have a more prominent V-Motion grille, with fog lights available on higher end models. Power is expected to come from the same 124 horsepower 1.6-liter engine found in the current Sentra. The current Sentra also offers a 188 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the appropriately named "SR Turbo" trim, as well as the "NISMO" trim and is also likely to carry over into the eighth-generation version.
A reasonably sized infotainment screen sits at the top of the center stack, with three air vents positioned below it. Volume and tuning knobs are present, as well as a series of physical buttons. The lack of a key slot on the steering column would also imply that push button start is standard. More important than that, there is a six-speed manual transmission available, this is likely going to be on the base and NISMO trims, so you'd be able to row your own gears with the more powerful engine, which is always nice, considering your only other option is Nissan's CVT.
The eighth-generation Sentra is most likely going to be revealed during the next auto show cycle. Autoblog is calling it a 2021 model, but other sites are calling it a 2020 model. I would reckon that it will be a 2020, because it is already in production as the Sylphy abroad, so it wouldn't surprise me to see it on sale by the end of the year.
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