2020 Nissan Sentra to Debut Before LA Auto Show

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We recently wrote about the possibility of changes coming to the next-generation Nissan Sentra and its gearbox. It appears as if the wait is nearly over since Nissan announced the debut of the  upcoming Sentra on Nov.19th (2019) before the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. Although the model debuted as the all-new Sylphy in China back in April (2019) at the Auto Shanghai show, this will be the revamped model’s first foray in the North American market. 


Car and Driver indicates that the new-and-improved Sentra will have its own standalone event prior to the famed auto show. The event will serve to not only put the vehicle on display for the public, but it will also mark the first time that the North American public can learn about the technical specs for the U.S. variant. Some specifications may have emerged already if we look back at the ongoing reports of an order guide that’s surfaced. 


Speaking of said order guide, it’s suspected that the 2020 Sentra model may lose its manual transmission as the standard model was listed with an automatic. The outgoing Sentra with a manual transmission has a starting MSRP of $17,990 (plus destination fee), while the one equipped with an automatic transmission has a starting MSRP of $18,680 (plus destination fee). 


On a more positive note, the very same order guide also suggests that the sedan is due for an engine upgrade. The outgoing base model is powered by a 1.8-liter engine with 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft. The rumored engine for 2020 is said to be a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine with 149 horsepower and 145 lb-ft, a subtle improvement over the current powertrain. Not all hope is lost for those who prefer a manual transmission, as just a few months ago a spy photographer spotted a prototype with a six-speed manual lever. The best course of action to take in this instance is to wait for Nissan to debut the new Sentra instead of jumping to conclusions that it’s an automatic-transmission only affair. 


Besides the extra power that’s sure to come the Sentra’s way, experts also believe that the same order guide indicates a change of suspension is also about to happen. The U.S.-spec order guide indicates that the 2020 Sentra model will go without the torsion beam rear setup, making room for a multi-link suspension instead. The multi-link setup will liven up handling overall, but its effect will be felt when tackling corners. All 2020 Nissan Sentra models will also feature the Nissan Safety Shield 360 setup of advanced safety features even on entry-level trims. The Safety Shield 360 system includes Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts. 


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