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.