The new Sentra appears to be better-looking inside and out, and we’re happy to see that it’ll still offer a stick-shift.
Also, there’s a manual! The 2019 Sentra offers a manual in the base trim and slightly warm Nismo trim, but it’s great to see the next-generation won’t be giving it up. Even if it isn’t the most engaging gearbox to row through, the ability to shift gears ourselves is still very much appreciated when the other option is a CVT.
We’d wager that the Sentra’s standard engine will be a naturally aspirated inline-four, possibly the Rouge Sport’s 2.0-liter which makes 141 horsepower, with a turbocharged engine possible as an upgrade motor. A continuously variable automatic transmission is sure to complement the six-speed stick, and the automatic will likely come standard on most of the Sentra’s trim levels.
We hope to see the new Sentra soon, with current projections showing it will arrive as a 2021 model year car. That means one more year with the underwhelming Sentra of today, but greener pastures appear to be around the corner.
Source: car and driver