New Nissan Sentra May Have Significant Powertrain Changes

Currently, Nissan is in the final preparation stage before the release of a new Sentra model. Earlier this year, the car manufacturer unveiled the layout of the upcoming Nissan Sylphy. Then, in August, the images of the Sentra test mule (including the interior image, which confirmed the presence of a 6-speed manual gearbox) leaked out on the internet. But, a recent report from Cars Direct, which has recently gained access to some official data (order guide) on the upcoming Sentra, implies that the new car intended for the US market won’t have a manual option.

According to the released information, the only powertrain variant for the new Sentra includes a 2.0-liter engine coupled with a CVT unit, and not the slightest hint of any other transmission options. The 2.0-liter engine is larger than the currently used 1.8-liter variant. The new engine option is capable of generating more power (124 hp) and has an enhanced torque capacity (169 Nm) compared to the powertrain in the existing Sentra.

It should be borne in mind that the data obtained by Cars Direct may contain not all the info on technical characteristics of the upcoming vehicle. We should not rule out the possibility that the CVT unit can come in the basic configuration and other transmission options may be added later. This could explain the leaked photos of the manual Sentra.

It is expected that the new Nissan will be packed full of sophisticated technologies. Nissan Safety Shield 360, the company’s package of safety solutions, will be conventional in the Sentra lineup independently of trim or gearbox options. With the LA Auto Show being not that far off, there’s a strong possibility that the automaker could present the new model there.

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