Just days after our spy photographers caught the 2013 Nissan Sentra doing its best zebra impersonation, we now have photos of the automaker's new compact sedan completely uncovered (okay, so the badge is covered) attempting to hide under the cloak of night. To no one's surprise, this nearly production-ready Sentra looks exactly like what we expected – that is to say, a baby version of the recently introduced Altima, or more to the point, an Americanized version of the Sylphy sedan that was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show back in April.

Word on the street is that the Sentra will be powered by a direct-injected 1.8-liter inline-four, mated to either Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual. If the CVT's improvements are anything like what what we've tested in the new Altima, the Sentra should be poised to offer substantial fuel economy improvements versus its predecessor.

We'll have the full skinny when Nissan officially unveils the 2013 Sentra at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, but for now, scroll through our high-res image gallery to see the new Sentra's swoopier skin.


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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know, it looks fine but it doesn't bring anything new to the table. I'm disappointed at almost every 'new' design coming out. There's nothing that pushes the envelope.
        lne937s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Juke?
        bchreng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        In this case the more boring and conservative, the better. Boring is what sells to the masses.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks decent. Hopefully this new Sentra will actually be competitive with the other offerings in the compact class. The current Sentra is an also-ran with a cheap interior, an underpowered engine, numb steering, and a sub-par CVT. Also hopefully they'll make the SE-R better. How 'bout a 2.5 with 200 hp for the SE-R and a high revving version with 260 hp, with AWD, as the SE-R Spec-V?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      After the pics of the Sylphy came out, it was pretty clear that is what is was going to look like. I don't think it looks as good as the Altima. Too much going on too short of a car. That said - almost anything is an improvement on the current tepid Sentra. That thing was ugly the minute it debuted. It will be interesting to see how this slots in between the truly wretched Versa and the redesigned Altima. I also can't imagine this car being turned into an SE-R. I really hope Nissan does bring back a 20K range sports coupe.
      Porschetr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Front and back look alright. What bothered me from last car was the hunchback side profile. Let's see if that's fixed.
      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're starting to do the BMW/Audi thing. Looks almost exactly like an Altima, just smaller.
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clearly not exciting enough for me. But we all know very well that dull sells...
      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      "....Completely Uncovered.." and Sominex stock just took a dive from the new competition...
      RaymondC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the new draw for the Sentra is the fact it's probably going to have great fuel economy without sacrificing performance and definitely better handling. It's a big conservatively styled but I like it that way.
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      uhh a Sentra that is better than the Civic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @leo
        [blocked]
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's new Lexus spindle grill without spindle. Or Hyundai? Jesus, when will ASIAN automakers stop copying each other? I can't tell them apart no more these days...
      Synthono
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fanboys being what they are, I expect this board will soon be flooded with people calling it the worst thing ever, and saying it can't hold a candle to the compact from their favorite brand. Honestly though, that's not bad at all, though it seems to be directed at those who want a plush compact rather than a sport model.
      jaynyc27
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the old Elantra, except worse maybe.
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