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Nissan Senior Vice President: 2016 Sentra Will be “Almost All New”

The 2016 Nissan Sentra is set to debut this fall and the automaker claims the compact sedan will be significantly refreshed with better technology and styling updates.

Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, told Automotive News that the 2016 Sentra will be “almost all new,” though didn’t give any specifics.

The current seventh-generation Sentra was introduced in 2012 for model-year 2013. The Sentra went home to 15,021 customers last year in Canada, representing a jump of just over 4 percent compared to the previous year. However, this increase pales in comparison to the number of vehicles sold by segment leaders Toyota and Honda, with sales of the Corolla and Civic equating to 48,881 and 66,057, respectively.

The Sentra is currently offered with one engine choice, a 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 130 hp. Its sheetmetal looks relatively fresh, though the updated version could adopt cues from the 2016 Maxima. The midsize Altima is also rumored to mimic the Maxima’s styling for its mid-cycle update.

The Sentra came in last place in a five-car comparison test that included the Honda Civic, Dodge Dart, Mazda3, and Kia Forte. Notable shortcomings were its sloppy handling characteristics, fuel economy, and options lists. Nissan addressed some of these issues with updates for the 2014 model year, but could improve things further in the refresh. The Sentra is available in five trim levels, though none are truly performance-oriented. Enthusiasts are still waiting and hoping for Nissan to approve a production version of the Sentra Nismo concept shown at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. That car sported performance upgrades and a 240-hp, turbocharged I-4.

Current Nissan Sentra shown.

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