Nissan revealed the completely redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra with complete interior and exterior overhaul and a new engine.
Nissan in an interview said that the new 2013 Nissan Sentra delivers a 13% improvement in the EPA combined fuel economy, which can be attributed to its reduced weight (about 150 pounds), a new four cylinder engine and Nissan’s next gen CVT or continuously variable transmission. Nissan said that the new Sentra makes about 30/39 mpg city/highway and a combined economy of about 34mpg. The 2013 Nissan Sentra gets an EPA rating of about 27/34 mpg.
The 1.8 liter engine delivers about 130 hp from its four cylinders. The engine is smaller and less powerful than the previous 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that was housed in the 2012 model, which churned 140 HP. A six-speed manual transmission has been made standard on the base 2013 Sentra S, while CVT is available as option. The fuel economy with the manual transmission has yet not been released.
The model is quite longer and narrower than its predecessor. Though total space is still the same, Nissan claims that the redesigned Sentra offers more functional space. They say that the fine tuning of the dimensions has allowed them to create more legroom at the rear seats and more usable space in the trunk.
Car and Driver reports that 2013 Nissan Sentra is mostly trying to boosts its sale figures with the help of the larger cars at some affordable prices. Like Versa, which is virtually unremarkable in all categories but offers larger rear seat and more space has been sold more than 100,000 units in the US itself.
The standard features include 4-speaker CD audio system, a tilt and telescopic steering column. The new model has also been equipped with some extensive features like dual zone auto climate control, satellite radio, USB port, Bluetooth, Bose sound system, leather seats, moonroof, heated front seats, navigation, hands free text messaging, push button start, rear view camera and Nissan’s Easy fill tire alert system, which initiates the car horn if you haven’t filled the tires with proper amount of air.
The revamped exteriors hires LED accented headlamps, LED taillights and chrome door handles. It looks more like a blend of Altima and Lexux IS.
Pricing has yet not been revealed but the vehicle is expected to hit the dealerships this fall.