Los Angeles 2015: Nissan Sentra debuts with refreshed design, tech

Los Angeles 2015: Nissan Sentra debuts with refreshed design, tech image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 20, 2015 12:48

2016 Nissan Sentra unveiled with new face, additional interior and safety tech

The Nissan Sentra has just received its 2016 mid-cycle refresh and now sports updated design language along with new onboard features and safety tech.

According to Fred Diaz, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Operations of Nissan North America, Inc., the Sentra gets a complete makeover for 2016.

“For 2016, we’re giving our popular Sentra a complete makeover. Like Altima, we’re taking a powerful nameplate and making it even better,” said Diaz.

2016 Nissan Sentra interior

Like the recently updated 2016 Altima, the facelifted Sentra gets boomerang-shaped headlights, a V-Motion grill with honeycomb design and new circular foglamps. Higher grade models on the other hand will get additional illumination via LED low-beam projector headlights with LED signature accents.

The side has new front fenders, side skirts and newly-designed 17-inch alloy wheels. Behind, the rear taillights have been updated as well, and also get the boomerang-shaped finish. Completing it all is a slightly tweaked rear bumper and a chrome exhaust tip.

Stepping inside, the 2016 Sentra gets a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, electronically-adjustable driver's seat and a revised center console. Lower-grade variants will come with a 4-speaker audio system that supports AM/FM/CD sources. On the other end of the spectrum, higher-tier models will come standard with a 6-speaker infotainment system with a 5-inch display. The range-topping SL variant, on the other hand, gets a larger 5.8-inch display along with GPS Navigation.

Other interior revisions done on the 2016 Sentra include: improved fabric seats and a multi-information TFT display on the instrument panel. In terms of optional extras, the all-new Sentra can also be fitted with an 8-speaker Bose audio system, Nissan Intelligent Key and RearView Monitor.

For the US market, the 2016 Sentra is still driven by the same 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 131 PS and 174 Nm of torque. Depending on the model, it can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or XTronic CVT.

2016 Nissan Sentra rear

The Xtronic's grade control logic (D-Step Logic) has been improved for the 2016 Sentra, allowing for a more stable, natural and crisper shift feel. In a nutshell, the grade control logic system manages the CVT, holding a lower ratio if the car is going up a hill or down a steep incline to improve climbing ability or induce engine brake.

Chassis and handling-wise, the updated Sentra also has retuned suspension and enhanced body stiffness for roll and body control. The optimized electronic power steering system (EPS), along with a new tire design, also enables for more steering feel and responsiveness according to Nissan.

In terms of safety, Nissan's Safety Shield Technologies are now available on the updated 4-door. Some of the safety tech that can be had include: Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).