As part of the LA Auto Show, Nissan has unveiled its updated Sentra compact sedan for the US market. While the name not be familiar to Aussie buyers, the car is - it’s marketed here as the Pulsar sedan.
LED low-beam headlights, redesigned tail lights, and new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel design round-out the exterior changes.
Inside the Sentra picks up new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel designed to evoke the wheel of the 370Z, a new centre stack and console design, and a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat on high-spec models.
The instrument panel gains a new high-res 5.0-inch display between the speedometer and tacho.
Available features also include Bose audio, dual zone climate control, proximity key with push-button start, and a rear view camera.
Added safety features extend to forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning.
Powertrains remain unchaged with a 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine coupled to a CVT automatic, or six-speed manual. In Australian specification the engine produces 96kW and 174Nm.
So, what chance for Australia? With Pulsar sales lagging in ninth-place on the small car charts so far this year, the Pulsar range could do with a lift - even the sedan-only Hyundai Elantra sells better.
There’s been no official confirmation just yet that the update will reach Australian shores with the American Sentra built in Mexico, while the Aussie Pulsar is sourced from Thailand, meaning different specifications and update schedules.
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