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Old 09-05-2004, 01:53 PM
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Sentra / Sentra SE-R

Nissan continues to refine the fifth generation Sentra sedan with styling enhancements and additional convenience features for 2005. The 1.8 S model becomes an even better value with the addition of cruise control, trip computer and new seat fabrics. The sport-inspired Sentra SE-R receives minor enhancements, including upgraded seat fabrics, a new shift knob on the SE-R Spec V and new exterior colors. Sentra is offered in two engine choices – a 126-horsepower DOHC 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine (1.8 and 1.8 S) and a 165-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine (175-horsepower on SE-R Spec V).


Enhancements to the 2005 Sentra / Sentra SE-R:
· New value-driven 1.8 S Special Edition Package
· New front grille paint treatment and body-colored door handles
· Upper instrument panel storage bin and body-colored door handles standard on 1.8
· Trip computer and cruise control standard on 1.8 S
· New color for meter cluster housing on SE-R, new seat fabrics on all models
· New 6MT shift knob (SE-R Spec V)
· Four new exterior colors: Code Red, Blue Dusk, Jaded (not available on SE-R) and Brilliant Aluminum



All the changes for the 2005 Nissan models - - Source: Autospies
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I hope they make a nice looking 2-door.
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Yeap. The exterior is totally outdated. We need a new body for this car.
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Compared to the mazda 3 sedan, the sentra, corolla, and civic sedans are outdated.
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Originally Posted by gavriil
Yeap. The exterior is totally outdated. We need a new body for this car.
As a person who owns two Nissans, let me say that I TOTALLY agree!! 2005 now marks the 6 model year for this chassis. I truly hope Nissan has something in the pipeline for the subcompact/compact category.

heyitsme, Nissan only has two 2-door cars on the market (G35C & Z). I doubt they'll expand on that with a compact coupe unless the market demands it. For this class, only the Civic has a coupe; the Impreza, Corolla and Mazda3 only have 4 dr variations. (But I do miss the days when Nissan had a 200SX, 240SX and NX coupes on top of having the Z32. )

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I definitely like the look of this generation's SE-R. It is however, as said by many, very outdated. How does that even compare to the Z's and Maximas rollin' around?

-I've never liked the grille and rest of the front end since they've re-done it either. I know it's supposed to match the rest of the Nissan line up, but I think the "Skyline inspired" front end was a lot better than what they got goin' on right now.

-One more time. New car needed.
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The last 2 Sentras have had awful styling. They need to go back to the 1st SE-R. that car was a ten best winner and loved by the automotive press.
More horsepower does not mean a better car.
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Nissan: Sentra news **Next Version Spied (page 6)**

Nissan says redesigned Sentra will offer dynamic, modern styling; vehicle set to arrive in '06 - - By YUZO YAMAGUCHI | Automotive News - - Source: Autoweek

TOKYO -- The redesigned Nissan Sentra scheduled to arrive in 2006 will adopt the design of the Altima and Maxima and use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developed jointly by Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co.

The car will be aimed at people in their 20s.

The current Sentra is "conservative," says Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's chief designer. He says the new one will offer "dynamic and modern" styling.

The updated model also will have a roomier cabin.

"The Maxima, Altima and Sentra are three brothers," Nakamura says. "So you can see how the Sentra will change if you see how the Maxima and Altima changed."

At the Detroit auto show in January, Nissan will provide clues to the new Sentra. But he declined to say whether it will be a drawing or a prototype.

The Sentra is Nissan's No. 2 seller in the United States. For the first 11 months of this year, the model sold 97,940 units, up 14.4 percent from the year-ago period.

The current base Sentra is powered by a 1.8-liter engine. The Sentra SE-R with a six-speed manual transmission uses a 2.5-liter engine.

Nissan also plans to introduce into the United States a small car that will be positioned below the Sentra.

The car, scheduled for 2007, is expected to appeal to buyers aged 20 to 25 who would pay about $13,000. It may be the next generation of the Japan-market Nissan Cube.

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They better have quite a rabbit up their sleeve because their competition (mazda 3) is hot.

Will be interesting to see the styling because I have not been too impressed with nissan's styling as of late
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They need to bring the Tiida
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Originally Posted by 4U4ME
They need to bring the Tiida
Yeah, that would be the perfect car to position underneath the Sentra. I think the next Sentra will really be a step foward, especially since it's styling and performance will be in line with the Altima and Maxima. This next Gen Sentra is long overdue.
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Ghosn: Sentra Delayed, A Little - - Source: The Car Connection

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn confirms that the next Sentra will arrive in the U.S. next year, but not without some last-minute tweaking. The Associated Press reports that Ghosn says the Sentra has been delayed by a few months because, in consumer clinics testing the new car, the company did not get "the kind of reaction we were expecting." Ghosn added that the company isn't stopping with a new Sentra; it could field a car even smaller for the U.S. market within three years. However the company still will focus on horsepower - because, as Ghosn says, even with rising gas prices, "Some consumers just don't care… they just want to enjoy their product."
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Related article.

Originally Posted by http://www.autoweek.com/


Styling bombed -- so Nissan's redesigned Sentra delayed until the 2nd half of 2006
RICHARD JOHNSON | Automotive News
Posted Date: 1/18/05


Nissan Motor Co. delayed the U.S. launch of its redesigned Sentra compact for a year after the proposed styling tanked with consumer test groups, CEO Carlos Ghosn said.

Ghosn also said Nissan probably will introduce two cars in the United States that are smaller than the Sentra.

The looks of the planned Sentra successor fared poorly among focus groups last year. Ghosn said he didn't care for it, either.

"It worried me," he said at the Detroit auto show. "People in Nissan liked it, but the clinics hated it. I didn't like the car."

Ghosn ordered Nissan's designers back to the drawing board last summer.

The revised replacement will go on sale in the second half of 2006. The redesign had been scheduled to debut this summer as a 2006 model.

Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura last month called the current Sentra "conservative." He said the new Sentra will offer "dynamic and modern" styling.

The Sentra is the No. 2 seller in the automaker's U.S. lineup, behind the Altima. Nissan sold 106,934 Sentras in 2004, up 13 percent from the year before.

The 177.5-inch-long Sentra has been the smallest Nissan offering in America. But the company wants to go smaller.

"We are practically set in what (small cars) we are going to bring to the United States," Ghosn said. "Very probably there will be more than one."

Ghosn wouldn't give details. The timing is uncertain, although Nissan is expected to launch at least one new small car in the United States in 2007.

Which Japanese small cars will Nissan sell in the United States?

"You can choose between the Cube, March, Tiida -- I can list you all the B-platform cars; we have many of them," Ghosn said.

The Cube is a boxy tall wagon akin to the Scion xB. The Tiida is a compact five-door hatchback. The March is a subcompact sold in Europe as the Micra.

Ghosn said Nissan won't group its small-car lineup in a new brand, as Toyota has done with its youth-oriented Scion marque.

"That's out of the question," he said. "We don't see the advantage. Why do you want to launch a new brand?"
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They're going to change it like the Maxima? SO they're going to turn it into an overpriced plastic piece of shit?
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Would be cool to see, like with the 2005 altima, the maxima getting a completely new interior and grill for 2006. Seems to be nissans trend, lets hope so. Would make the package of a manual under 30k fullsize all that more attractive.
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Originally Posted by Minch00
They're going to change it like the Maxima? SO they're going to turn it into an overpriced plastic piece of shit?
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They're going to change it like the Maxima? SO they're going to turn it into an overpriced plastic piece of shit?
Ironically the current Sentra already got infected with the Maxima's grill.
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Interesting that a company throwing together and sending out new models every two weeks would take so long redesigning the cheap model, and the one that needs it most.
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Nissan Bluebird Sylphy


In Japan, Nissan has introduced new generation Bluebird Sylphy. The last generation Bluebird Sylphy was an upmarket version of Nissan Sunny. Now it returns to an independent line and is positioned clearly above Tiida, the successor to Sunny. While Tiida sedan measures 4395 mm long and 2600 mm in wheelbase, Bluebird Sylphy measures 4610 mm and 2700 mm respectively, although both cars share the same MacPherson strut and torsion-beam suspensions. Unlike Tiida, Bluebird Sylphy is available in sedan form only, which is the favourite body style in Japan and USA. Undoubtedly, it will be sold as a successor to Sentra in North America.


From the pictures, the Bluebird Sylphy looks far more upmarket than its predecessor. Its exterior design has some hint of Teana (Cefiro) and Skyline (Infiniti G35), but somewhat bulky due to the high waistline. Inside, the cabin design and material quality seems rather low rent, fail to live up to our expectation for the "Modern Living" philosophy that Nissan promotes. However, this place should be spacious. Nissan claims it has the longest cabin and the biggest boot (504 litres) in its class. Besides, it offers 680 mm rear legroom, more than many Japanese luxury sedans. Upmarket features include power adjustable driver's seat and speed-sensitive electric power steering.

Power comes from either a 133hp 2.0-litre MR20DE engine or 109hp 1.5-litre HR15DE engine. Both drive the front wheels via Xtronic CVT to save fuel. The MR20DE is particular tuned to deliver a flat torque curve, with at least 90% peak torque from 2000 rpm. This mean the driver doesn't need to rev it hard, thus reduce fuel consumption in daily driving.

Specifications
Model Bluebird Sylphy 1.5
Bluebird Sylphy 2.0
L / W / H / WB (mm) 4610 / 1695 / 1510 / 2700 4610 / 1695 / 1510 / 2700
Engine Inline-4, dohc, 4v/cyl. Inline-4, dohc, 4v/cyl.
Capacity 1498 cc 1997 cc
Power 109 hp 133 hp
Torque 109 lbft 141 lbft
Transmission CVT
CVT

Tyres (F/R) All: 185/65R15 All: 195/60R16
Weight 1160 kg 1230 kg




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I hope not. The interior is nice, but the design blows.
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Those look like IS taillights
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I guess the MR/HR motors will replace the short lived QR motors in the B15 Sentra. Either way, the B16 is a definite improvement in style over the B15. I DO want to see the next SE-R though.....hopefully a 250hp+ MR20DET w/ATTESA E-TS!!
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If the make an exterior more in line with the Max and Altima, as opposed to the G and M, then it's a good idea. The interior looks great, and it's the right size
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looks like a saturn...
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So now the Bluebird Sylphy IS the new Sentra?
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So now the Bluebird Sylphy IS the new Sentra?
It seems that way, though we won't know what the U.S. version will look like. We also won't know what the specs will be. It'll definitely the larger and more power I4 engine alread offered here (in the U.S.) in the car, atleast as an optional engine. The Sentra can move upmarket now, since the Tiida will be introduced here to compete in with the Aveo/Rio/Echo. This way, the new Sentra can go squarely with the Civic/Cobalt/Corolla.
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Originally Posted by stangg172004
looks like a saturn...
Shittt, looks better than a Saturn to me, lol. Ofcourse, all current Saturns right now look terrible (except for the Sky, ofcourse), IMHO. Can't wait till the Aura comes though.
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Pretty damn horrible looking. Strike three on Nissan Sedans (altima/Maxima/sentra)

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Why can't Nissan get the styling right on the Sentra

Once I heard it was delayed I expected so much more than this. Doesn't stand a chance against the Civic.
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Originally Posted by dom
Why can't Nissan get the styling right on the Sentra

Once I heard it was delayed I expected so much more than this. Doesn't stand a chance against the Civic.
Though I think the styling could be better, this car is way more attractive than the Civic, IMO. I don't like the Civic's styling, inside, or outside, as well as the profile. So, to each his own, as far as looks are concerned. Keep in mind we probably won't get exactly what we're seeing here. Especially for the exterior; it'll probably be changed to fit the USDM Nissan's design language.
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This will definitely be one of the larger compacts in market. It's the same size as the Jetta, and very clost to the TSX.
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The interior of this car falls right in line with the 2007 Versa sedan, but I think the conservative exterior would make the car another sales flop and goes against Nissans sporty image. Can imagine it will end up looking like a mini 2006 Altima.
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Originally Posted by titan
Though I think the styling could be better, this car is way more attractive than the Civic, IMO.
Looks are subjective but I'd bet that not many people will agree with you.

Hopefully Nissan seriously changes the styling for the NA market.
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Originally Posted by dom
Looks are subjective but I'd bet that not many people will agree with you.

Hopefully Nissan seriously changes the styling for the NA market.
I know they're subjective; that's why I put the "IMO" in... and I could care less with who agrees with me. And as I've already said, the styling should be changed for the NA market.
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Originally Posted by titan
I know they're subjective; that's why I put the "IMO" in... and I could care less with who agrees with me. And as I've already said, the styling should be changed for the NA market.

Why the hostility

Just pointing out that I don't think the general public will like the styling of this car, not critizing you for liking the styling over the Civic.

I know you said it should be changed, I was agreeing with you.
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