Nissan Plans Much-Needed Updates to Sentra

2014 Nissan Sentra

It’s been a big year for Nissan which most recently unveiled an all-new restyled Maxima. Now, the automaker says it plans to give the 2016 Sentra and 2016 Altima some attention with some fairly extensive, dare we say much-needed, mid-cycle overhauls since neither has received a major update since 2013. Case in point, Nissan hasn’t updated its Sentra press pics since 2014.

Both models will likely get new body styling and a host of new technology features. Nissan hopes that this will keep the Sentra competitive in its class that includes the newly redesigned 2016 Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. The Altima will also seek continue to hold its own in the stiff full-sized sedan class that includes the newly redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry,  Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata.

Nissan isn’t talking a ton of specifics yet about the overhauls. However, Fred Diaz, senior vice president for Nissan’s U.S. sales and marketing and operations, told  Automotive News that the mid-cycle overhauls on the Sentra are so extensive that, “It will be an incredibly freshened Sentra” and that it will be “almost all-new.”

The completely new Maxima arrived in dealerships at the beginning of the month. Nissan calls it the “four-door sports car” with a revised 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine and a new performance oriented Xtronic transmission. It also features a new lighter and rigid chassis for sportier acceleration.

Nissan is also keeping its truck segment fresh with plans for an all-new 2016 Titan XD. It made its debut this past January and is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year. It will feature a new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine that cranks out 310-horsepower with 555 lb-ft of torque. Nissan brags that with this engine the Titan XD pushes into the half-ton pickup territory and also has the benefit of being more fuel efficient thanks to diesel. To accommodate the expanded towing capacity, which will exceed 12,000 pounds, it also features a bigger and stronger chassis.

Look for both the new Sentra and Altima to arrive later this year.The next generation Titan XD will also be joining the lineup later in 2015 as well.

Photo Credit: Nissan
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