2020 Nissan Sentra debuts in LA – new 2.0L engine, Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard; 10 airbags, AEB!

Nissan has once again taken to the Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil the all-new B18 Nissan Sentra, three years after it introduced the outgoing Sentra Nismo. The Sentra, also known as the Sylphy in other markets, is the company’s best-selling car in the US of all time.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Sentra, though. The C-segment sedan made its maiden debut in China earlier this year, but there it gets the HR16DE Gen3 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine. Naturally, the engine is paired with an Xtronic CVT.

For the US market, the eighth-generation Sentra will get the new 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, which outputs 149 hp and 198 Nm of torque. Nissan says the output is 20% and 16% more compared to the previous 1.8 litre unit, and the relatively modest figures is because the engine is tuned to offer improved fuel economy.

2020 Nissan Sentra debuts in LA – new 2.0L engine, Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard; 10 airbags, AEB!

There’s no mention of this in the US press release, but the Sentra should be fitted with an Integrated Dynamic Control Module. This system uses targeted brake applications to enhance ride quality, and Nissan says the new independent rear suspension offers “greatly improved” dynamic performance. There’s also a new electric power steering system.

For design, it’s pretty much the same as the China debutant, featuring the company’s signature V-motion radiator grille, slim LED headlights, and a floating roof. The sedan comes with a range of new wheel designs and exterior colours, including three new two-tone colour combos. The sleek exterior design cuts through air quite efficiently too, with a drag coefficient rating of 0.26.

Inside, it gets a completely new dashboard that’s dominated by an eight-inch touchscreen display with NissanConnect (supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). The head unit rests just above the triple air-con vents and climate control switchgear.

Nissan says the cabin has been deliberately designed to create a premium feel, so it went as far as to offer quilted leather seats for more expensive variants. Of course, the seats are Nissan’s very own NASA-inspired Zero Gravity Seats. Other techy bits include a 360-degree around view monitor and USB/AUX inputs.

For safety, the Sentra comes with Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard, which is a suite of six advanced driver assist systems. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, and High Beam Assist. The new Sentra also offers 10 airbags as standard, Rear Door Alert, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Driver Alertness. Other drive-related technologies include Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Ride Control and Emergency Brake for Pedal Misapplication.

Nissan North America’s vice president of sales and regional operations, David Kershaw said: “Nissan has a vibrant portfolio of new-generation sedans for customers in the US market. With more than six? million Sentra vehicles sold, we believe the all-new Sentra will reach new heights offering refinement and quality, technology and performance not seen before. The lower stance and more athletic design cues from the Maxima sports sedan give Sentra a sexy new look.”