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2016 Nissan Sentra At A Glance (Press Release)

At a Glance: 2016 Nissan Sentra

Since the introduction of the seventh-generation Sentra in fall 2012, Nissan’s compact sedan has experienced tremendous growth in sales and market share, making it one of Nissan’s fastest growing nameplates. To help keep momentum going, Sentra has undergone a significant refreshening for the 2016 model year, starting with a revised exterior and the addition of an expanded suite of available safety and driving aid technologies.

The exterior redesign brings Sentra closer in look and feel to the bold new 2016 Maxima and redesigned 2016 Altima. All three Nissan sedans reflect Nissan’s new design language first introduced on the dramatic Nissan Murano crossover. Key features of the new Sentra exterior include new front and rear fascias, grille fenders, hood and signature boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights and a new 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design. Sentra SR and SL grades add new LED low-beam headlights with LED signature accents.

Inside, the revised Sentra interior features a new steering wheel, new available power driver’s seat with power lumbar, new center cluster and audio display design, new console and shifter knob, and refined seat fabrics. The instrument panel offers a new TFT-type (Thin Film Transistor) LCD flat panel display with higher resolution than previous LCD screens. Sentra SV, SR and SL grades include a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) located between the tachometer and speedometer. These grades also include Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition as standard equipment.

The 2016 Sentra also offers ample roominess in a compact-size exterior, including an outstanding 37.4 inches of rear seat legroom. The intuitive interior layout emphasizes driver control and exceptional seat comfort for all occupants. The high-quality interior design features materials not usually found in compact vehicles, including soft-touch instrument panel and door armrests and available leather-appointed seating. Other available features range from Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control and a Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers, to Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and push button ignition system and RearView Monitor.

A number of Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield Technologies are now available on Sentra for the first time – Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Another new available technology is NissanConnectSM Services powered by SiriusXM®. It offers emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts and convenience services (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). The system allows the driver to set customized alerts for family and friends – such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications.

NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) are combined as part of the new Technology Package offered for Sentra SR and SL grades. Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are included in the Navigation Package (SV and SR grades) and standard on Sentra SL.

The 2016 Sentra also delivers enhanced performance and handling through a retuned suspension design featuring a 10 percent increase in spring and damper rates, as well as enhanced body stiffness for improved roll and body control. Drivability is enhanced through use of the next generation D-Step Logic Control for Xtronic transmission-equipped models. The D-Step Logic Control helps provide a more stable, natural and crisper shift feel (versus the previous execution).

Steering feel and response has also been improved through use of optimized Electric Power Steering (EPS) mapping in conjunction with the revised suspension and new tire design.

Also new for 2016 is one exterior color – Blue Pearl, one of a total of 10 available 2016 Sentra colors.

All Sentra models utilize a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available with the Sentra S grade.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra is offered in six models: S 6MT, S Xtronic, FE+ S, SV, SR and SL. Highlights of the 2016 Nissan Sentra include:


  • Redesigned exterior for the 2016 model year, including new front fascia, grille, hood and fenders, along with new rear fascia and taillights
  • Sophisticated exterior design with a low beltline and strong front-to-rear character line
  • Boomerang-shaped, multi-reflector halogen headlights with LED accents
  • New standard projector LED low beam headlights (halogen high beam) with LED accents on SR and SL grades
  • Standard Smart Auto Headlights with twilight and windshield wiper activation
  • FE+ S grade includes low rolling resistance tires and underbody aero defectors
  • Available fog lights
  • New Nissan signature V-Motion grille (similar to Altima and Maxima)
  • Available heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Chrome door handles
  • SR grade includes lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, chrome exhaust tip finisher and 17-inch forked 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Chrome trunk lid finisher
  • A long wheelbase of 106.3 inches, 182.1-inch overall length
  • 15.1-cubic foot cargo volume
  • Ten available exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Aspen White (premium charge), Gun Metallic, Graphite Blue, Titanium, Red Alert (SR only), Cayenne Red, Fresh Powder and new Blue Pearl

Platform and Powertrain

  • Lightweight front engine/front-wheel drive platform
  • 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine, with 130 horsepower (124 hp with CAL emissions) @ 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque (125 lb-ft CAL) @ 3,600 rpm
  • Twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC), beehive shaped valve springs reduce inertial weight
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (S grade only) or available Xtronic transmission
  • Xtronic transmission features wide 7.3:1 gear ratio range, sub-planetary gear, flexible lock-up damper and next-generation D-Step shift program for more direct shift feel and more linear acceleration feel (versus previous D-Step design)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Power-assisted vented front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Standard 4-wheel disc brakes on SR and SL models
  • Standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Independent strut front suspension with 22.0 mm stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated 24.6 mm stabilizer bar
  • High frequency-response shock absorbers
  • Electronic Power Steering system (vehicle-speed-sensitive) with 16.3:1 steering ratio
  • Standard 16-inch wheels with 205/60R16 all-season tires; low rolling resistance tires on FE+ S model
  • Available 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on SV grade
  • New design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/60R17 all-season tires on SR grade
  • New-design 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires on SL grade

Interior Features

  • High quality interior design with soft touch surfaces on the instrument panel and door armrests
  • Revised 370Z-inspired steering wheel, shift knob, center console, center cluster and audio display
  • New Thin Film Transistor (TFT) meter display (SV, SR, SL grades), Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
  • New seat fabrics with standard cloth seat trim, available premium cloth or leather-appointed seating
  • Standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) for SV, SR and SL grades
  • Standard 6-way manual driver’s seat/4-way manual front passenger’s seat
  • Standard 6-way power driver’s seat for SL, optional on SR
  • Available heated front seats
  • Front center console storage with armrest and front cupholders
  • Available sliding center armrest
  • Standard front seat storage pockets
  • 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; rear center armrest with cupholders
  • Standard tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Available Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, allows the driver and front passenger to set individual air temperatures (SL grade)
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch auto up/down and auto-reverse feature
  • Power door locks with auto-locking feature
  • Available premium sport cloth seats, sport interior trim (SR grade)
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers and MP3/WMA playback capability; auxiliary audio input jack, Radio Data System (RDS); available AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
  • Available Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers
  • Available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Standard USB connection port with iPod® interface
  • Available NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel Link™ (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant
  • Available NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and push button ignition system
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Available power sliding glass moonroof with tilt feature
  • Two interior colors: Marble Gray and Charcoal; SR grade offered in Charcoal only
  • Available Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)

Safety and Security

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Front-seat belts with pretensioners, load limiters and adjustable upper anchors
  • Standard 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Available Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
  • Available Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered in six well-equipped trim levels: S 6MT, S Xtronic, FE+ S, SV, SR and SL
  • Assembled by Nissan Mexicana SA de CV (NMEX-DF), Aguascalientes, Mexico

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