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Nissan Sentra goes lower, wider for 2020 redesign

The new look is paired with slightly more power.

Nissan has redesigned the Sentra for the 2020 model year, following the segment trend by making the sedan lower and wider.

The revamped Sentra is a full two inches wider and two inches lower than its predecessor, giving the car a new stance and proportions that are closer to a larger sedan.

The front and rear ends have been restyled, with a larger V-motion grille that meshes with the latest Altima's design language. The look is further enhanced by thinner LED headlamps and a 'floating' two-tone roof.

The interior has been refined to provide a more upscale perception than the outgoing model, benefiting from Nissan's Zero Gravity seats and Intelligent Around View Monitor tech. Designers were also tasked with improving the feel of the steering wheel and smoothness of the dials and switches, among other enhancements.

The 2020 Sentra is powered by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 149 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, up 20 percent and 16 percent, respectively, compared to the previous 1.8-liter unit. A new independent rear suspension and electric power-steering system promise to improve dynamic performance.

Nissan has sold more than six million Sentra vehicles since the nameplate was introduced for the 1982 model year. Sedans have been losing ground against crossovers, motivating automakers to make more drastic improvements to retain or grow their slice of the segment. The 2020 Sentra completes Nissan's overhaul of its entire sedan lineup, following major updates to the Versa, Altima and Maxima in the previous two years.

The company has not yet announced specific pricing or launch details for the 2020 Sentra.

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