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LA LIVE: 2016 Nissan Sentra

by Justin King

The Sentra\'s new look closely follows the design language of the latest Maxima and Altima.

Nissan has revealed the 2016 Sentra at the Los Angeles Auto Show, confirming a fresh new look that better aligns with the company's current design language.

The mid-cycle update focuses on exterior styling, adding Nissan's hallmark V-Motion grille and new headlights with a truncated boomerang corner that flows into the wheel arch. The hood and lower bumper have also been reshaped with more pronounced curves.

The sedan's rear end has also been modestly revised with new taillights and a bit more sculpting on the bumper. A new 17-inch wheel design completes the new exterior look, while SR and SL trim levels add new LED low-beam projectors and LED accents.

The 2016 Sentra is now immediately recognizable as the little sibling of the latest Maxima and Altima, following the styling harmonization that started with the Murano. It is the most toned-down of the trio, however, particularly when compared to the futuristic Sport Sedan concept.

Engineers have retuned the suspension design, with a 10 percent increase in spring and damper rates. Body stiffness has been enhanced for improved roll and body control, while the electronic steering and transmission control systems have been tweaked for improved feel and response.

A few changes have been made on the inside, where drivers are greeted by a new steering wheel and center cluster. The instrument panel has been outfitted with a higher-resolution LCD, and a 5.0-inch driver-assist display has been placed between the tach and speedometer for the SV, SR and SL grades.

The 2016 package is now available with a wide range of safety technologies, ranging from automatic emergency braking to intelligent cruise control and blind-spot warning.

The Sentra's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has been carried over from the 2015 model, providing 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. A CVT is standard for most trim levels, though a six-speed manual gearbox is available for the entry-level S build.

The refreshed Sentra is due to arrive in showrooms this December, with prices starting at $16,780.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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