At the beginning of the year we traveled to Aguascalientes, in Mexico, to learn about part of the strategy that Nissan had prepared for the region ( see note ). There we learned how strong the brand would continue to bet on sedans, a niche where – along with the Versa ( launched in November ) – the new Sentra would also have an important space. Time passed and finally this Wednesday the eighth generation of the iconic born model 1982 was introduced to the country. It comes in four configurations, all with a 2.0-liter engine and with manual gearboxes of six or automatic CVT type.

Mounted on a new structure, the Nissan Sentra 2020 produced in Aguascalientes measures 4. 640 mm long (with 2. 710 mm between axes), 1. 815 mm wide and 1. 455 mm high, to position itself above the aforementioned Nissan Versa (es 129 mm longer, has 75 mm more wingspan, although it is 10 mm lower). You can store in the trunk 466 cubic liters.

At the front, the new Sentra stands out for a very daring look, given by stretched headlights that drop abruptly until they intersect with the V-Motion grid characteristic of the new Nissan DNA. On the side, the silhouette stands out for a lower roof line than in the previous model, which also affects a center of gravity closer to the ground. Its drag coefficient is 0, 27, which which should also affect a better handling feeling and an improvement in consumption.

In the mechanical section, the Sentra also leaps forward. In the past, the old 1.8-liter engine of 129 and 174 Nm of torque, to yield to a 2.0-liter, 145 Horses and 174 Nm of torque at 4. 00 rpm. Depending on the version, it can be managed by manual six-speed transmissions or automatic CVT: with the first, the Nissan Sentra approves 13, 5 km / l in mixed cycle, while with the continuous variable gearbox, it improves to 14, 9 km / l.

Four Sentra in the catalog:

The Nissan Sentra 2020 will be available in Sense trims, paired exclusively with the manual gearbox, Advance -which may go with the MT6 or CVT- and the top-of-the-range Exclusive model, only with automatic transmission.

Between Standard items found from the Sentra Sense include air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, 4.2 ″ digital cluster, 7 ″ touchscreen with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, depth-adjustable steering wheel and height, electrically adjustable mirrors, alloy wheels from 16 ″, neblin eros, power button, a front USB port and two on the center console. The Advance trim gains climate control and armrests for the driver (CVT only), leather seats, GPS navigator, six speakers (four speakers at entry), leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated mirrors, automatic start lights, LED headlights with Signature Lamp , fog lights also LED. Finally, the Sentra Exclusive adds to the offer seat heating, this time 7 ″ digital cluster and 8 ″ digital display with Bose audio system, heated steering wheel, shark fin antenna, sunroof and alloy wheels of 17 ″.

In terms of safety, the Sentra follows the philosophy of the Versa, which is very nurtured throughout the range. From the most affordable version, ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution, reverse sensor, hill start assistant, airbags are incorporated. side and curtain (in addition to the mandatory front ones) and stability control. The Nissan Sentra Advance complements with peripheral vision monitor, lane change assistant, blind spot alerts, cross traffic, frontal collision and emergency braking. While the Exclusive adds intelligent cruise control.

The list prices of the Nissan Sentra 2020 are as follows:

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