NASHVILLE -- Nissan Motor Co. is retooling the Sentra for 2013 with an all-new platform, lighter body and 1.8-liter engine to elevate its appeal in the compact sedan segment now dominated by the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The 2013 Sentra, which will reach showrooms this fall, sheds the radical styling of the outgoing model and is aimed squarely at the sales-rich center of the compact segment, where fuel economy is a top purchase consideration.
Nissan officials acknowledge that the current Sentra's styling proved too polarizing for the compact segment. Designers have crafted the new model to bear a stronger resemblance to the brand's top-selling Altima sedan, which has gained ground in the competitive mid-sized market.
Nissan anticipates that sales of the new Sentra will far exceed the current model's volume -- nearly 115,000 units last year.