Nissan Teases All-New 2013 Nissan Sentra, Previews Sedan in Beijing as Sylphy

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Nissan has been busy lately remaking the heart of its U.S. lineup, promising five all-new models over the next 15 months. Now it’s time for the Nissan Sentra’s turn in the spotlight, and to kick things off, Nissan has dropped this teaser photo and video of the new 2013 Nissan Sentra in SR trim to get the hype started in earnest.

Following right behind all-new Altima and Pathfinder, the next-generation Nissan Sentra will be officially revealed later this summer in advance of its rollout to dealerships this fall. Nissan is also making waves in China at the 2012 Beijing auto show with the reveal of its new Nissan Sylphy sedan, the Asian market version of the Senta.

So far, Nissan isn’t saying much of anything about the new 2013 Sentra, but it will no doubt come equipped with an application of its next-generation Xtronic CVT it has started rolling out to its new models. It remains to be seen if Nissan will continue to offer the available six-speed manual. The present Sentra is powered by 2.0 and 2.5-liter engines depending on trim level, with the 2.5-liter, 200 horsepower Sentra SE-R Spec V topping the lineup.

Given Nissan’s aggressive push to reduce its emissions, a smaller displacement, fuel efficient base engine, perhaps a version of Nissan’s 1.8-liter four, is possible. We’d be surprised if the 2.5-liter continues in the Sentra, but we wouldn’t be to see a hybrid version at some point. A Nismo-branded car potentially makes sense given Nissan’s recent plans to expand Nismo’s footprint.

The new Sentra also promises to be a step up on the inside, with updates to the cabin materials and the latest in Nissan telematics options and features. If it looks like the photos of the Sylphy, it should be a nice step up. We’ll know the full story on the new Sentra soon, and we suspect it won’t be long before we see the next two new Nissan models in the product pipeline.

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The new 2013 Nissan Sentra also promises to be a step up on the inside, with updates to the cabin materials and the latest in Nissan telematics options and features. We’ll know the full story on the new Sentra soon, and we suspect it won’t be long before we see the next two new Nissan models in the product pipeline.

The Nissan Sylphy at 2012 Beijing show (at right and bottom) is essentially kicking off the all-new global market sedan's launch.  Nissan eventually plans to roll out the Sylphy/Sentra  in some 120 countries by 2014.

The Sylphy on display at Beijing is powered by an updated version of Nissan’s 1.8-liter four mated to a version of the automaker’s next-gen Xtronic CVT. It features LED lighting accents front and rear, a prominent three bar grille and an overall shape reminiscent of the new Altima. The Chinese-market Sylphy will be built at Nissan’s Huadu plant in Guangzhou, China. Nissan is also showing three of its EV future cars it has previously unveiled -- the Esflow sports car, Pivo 3 urban runabout, and e-NV200 van -- at Beijing.

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daniel
Interior upgrade is nice, but don't bet on it for the US, the Sylphy was always more luxurious than the US Sentra.

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