Nissan is making waves with the promise of five new products in the next year, including an all-new Sentra, arguably the model in the company's portfolio that could most use a redesign. Our spy shooters have now captured the forthcoming Sentra and we're happy to say that it looks to be a major upgrade in attractiveness, both inside and out. The Sentra also looks to have grown, as it continues its transition upmarket, further distancing itself from the Versa.

Though it's hard to see under the zebra skin, a swooping character line that runs from front to back seems appears to mimic what we're seeing in newer Nissan models like the 2013 Pathfinder and Altima, and the Sentra's instrument panel is a perfectly sculpted match. It looks like the new model will get a whole host of other upgrades, including LED taillights and some metal-finish accents on the interior. We also hear that Nissan will be installing a direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder underhood, which will come with either a CVT or a six-speed manual.

While it might be hard to imagine getting excited about a Sentra again, we had high hopes based on official images of the Chinese-market Nissan Sylphy, which is essentially the same car. That these spy photos confirm a much more stylish Sentra only makes us eager to get behind the wheel, though we'll have to await until after the official reveal at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Check out all the images, including some interior shots and closeups, in our high-res gallery.


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      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Referring to the Sylphy, which appears to be exactly what we'll get as the Sentra: I think it looks balanced and well-proportioned, with just enough "swoop, crease, and drama" to make it interesting. It sure looks like a 7/8ths scale Altima...a very good thing.
      Eric Strauss
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been happy with the Sentra since the 91-94 B-13 or the 2001-2006 B-15
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      the design isnt suppose to be diff from the 13 altima but this thing has LED running lights in the headlights too
      FantomeSpectre
      • 2 Years Ago
      I threw up a little in my mouth.
      carboy55
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we go with the "I want a Ferrari 458 Italia for $20,000" idiot comments again. Seriously people, it's okay not to comment if your idea of a daily driver is a Hemi Challenger or an Aston Martin Vantage. Sexy styling and 500+ horsepower isn't the point of compact sedans. Believe it or not, some people actually want a car that holds 5 and gets 35 mpg for under 20 grand. Let them comment.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        It's not about getting Ferrari performance, but it would be nice if it was fun to drive ala Ford Focus or the way Civics used to be (or even Sentras back in the early 90s). This looks like it has zero sportiness whatsoever. Clearly not an enthusiast's choice.
      TheLeadFoot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, Nissan just can't get proportions right anymore. This is flabby and thick looking.
      burn rubber
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh that's an ugly exterior... not bad inside though.
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Sylphy uses a the new MRA8DE engine which has the same bore as the Juke MR16DDT, but a longer 90mm stroke. That engine makes 102kW (138hp), so Direct Injection should lead to more than that. This sounds like they will add the direct injection heads from the Juke (MRA8DD?)... Which makes me think that a Sentra SE-R would get the turbo Juke motor. Hopefully they follow the pattern with the Altima and make this car lighter, providing better performance and gas mileage than its direct competitors. The Sylphy/Sentra is also being sold as the Pulsar sedan in Australia... with the new Tiida being the Pulsar hatch. Both have the same 2700 mm (106.3") wheelbase and likely share most components. Maybe we could get a Sentra Hatch for the US (as the Note replacement seems to be the next Versa hatch)?
      Hyundai owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not as good looking as the Elantra. What's more sad is Hyundai is holding back by using cheap materials and still making it look cool. Japan, never forget how Samsung beat all the Japanese competitors in the past. People laughed at me when I predicted Samsung would beat Sony in the 90's. I'm no fortune teller; I merely use data and info. s
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      This camo is so good, I'd almost think that this car didn't have any character lines on the side at all. Pretty sure it doesn't.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Look at the non-camo gallery. The side styling is overdone.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      A little improvement over the current goofy looking Sentra.
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