Nissan Working On A New Maxima, Redesigned Sentra Due In 2019

Nissan’s big debut at the New York Auto Show was the 2019 Altima but that didn’t stop the company from talking about its other sedans.

Speaking with Roadshow, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning confirmed the company is already working on the next-generation Sentra and noted it is “probably the vehicle where we have the most opportunity.” Michael Bunce went on to acknowledge the current model is a tad underwhelming so “We have a lot of ground to make up there.”

We’ll find out how successful the changes are soon enough as Bunce reportedly confirmed the next-generation Sentra will be unveiled in 2019. While the current model has been criticized for its uninspired styling and anemic 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, that produces 124 hp (92 kW) and 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) of torque, the Sentra has done surprisingly well with consumers as Carsalesbase data shows Nissan sold 218,451 units in the United States last year. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at but they pale in comparison to sales of Honda Civic (377,286) and Toyota Corolla (308,695).

Bunce also confirmed the company is working on an all-new Maxima. Little is known about the car but the VP suggested Nissan will “really push the envelope” and deliver “something greater than people ever thought or imagined a Maxima could be.”

The current Maxima was unveiled three years ago with a bold design and one of the nicest interiors ever fitted to a Nissan model. These changes helped to boost sales but they’re still just a fraction of what they used to be years ago.

There’s no word on when the new model will be unveiled but it could draw inspiration from the latest Altima which offers all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 248 hp (184 kW) and 273 lb-ft (369 Nm) of torque.

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  • Soob

    Would be more interested if they weren’t going to have CVTs.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Especially for the Maxima. If it didn’t have that CVT I would’ve bought it

      • IFDU

        I actually had a Murano and a Maxima as a loaner and the CVT wasn’t so bad for some reason. But Nissan’s smaller cars/engines? Forget about it!

    • Dennis Scipio

      My mom owns a 2015 Nissan Rogue and her car hasn’t had any issues since she bought it.

      • Honda NSX-R

        My family’s 2010 Nissan Sentra (which I mostly drive anyway) just hit 113,000 miles,hasn’t had any CVT issues ever since, but I do wish the driving experience wasn’t as uninspiring, especially with that CVT groan.

    • OD. LP

      I owned a 2015 Platinum Murano for almost two years… And have had several of their cars which all had CVT’s whether it was a V6 or V4…its not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. If there was one company that did CVT’s right, it would be Nissan. Granted, in the Maxima… The letters CVT shouldn’t be associated with that car what so ever; but for fuel efficiency, it’s what’s needed to make it happen.

  • TrevP

    I think I like Nissan’s sedans more than Toyota’s sedans lately

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Funny how the Maximas “split C-pillar/floating roof” spread so quickly to other makes and models. Now they have to push the envelope again.

    • Nordschleife

      It’s going to be the S-class of Nissan.

  • ErnieB

    This has to be one of the ugliest cars on the road.. hope they put a little thought into their redesign..

  • Commonsenseonthefield

    The Maxima has NEVER drawn inspiration from the Altima. It has always been the leader in design language for Nissan. If anything, the next Maxima will inspire the design of the next Altima

  • MarkoS

    The Maxima has grown out of its roots, Perhaps a AWD 5-Door coupe would be a good direction for it to go. I am not holding my breath on the Sentra, that hasn’t been interesting in decades.

  • staceys

    This has to be one of the ugliest cars on the road.. hope they put a little thought into their redesign..

  • Six_Tymes

    “While the current model has been criticized for its uninspired styling and anemic 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, that produces 124 hp (92 kW) and 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) of torque, the Sentra has done surprisingly well with consumers”

    quite contradicting.

    my wife owns a 2014, we both love it, i am impressed every time i drive it, its road handling, steering and smooth ride. there is nothing wrong with the engines power, its got plenty for the weight of the car, the CVT is the weekest link, but that doesnt bother my wife, so its a win. great gas mileage too, and wasnt over priced when we bought it like honda and totyota are.

    • Nordschleife

      Well if you feel that way. Imagine how you’ll feel when they make the new one.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      The Sentra is a fleet queen that feels like the piece of junk it is.

      The Honda is more expensive because it is a better product with some actual engineering that went into it.


  • Liam Paul

    I hope it will be a better design then the new altima that just drop n disappointed many

  • ME

    The issue here is size. Nissan painted themselves in the corner with the increase in size with the of the Altima. This puts the Maxima & Q50 at a greater disadvantage. Now that the Altima has AWD it further distracts buyers from Infiniti and Nissan’s top tier sedan.

  • Nordschleife

    Unless the Maxima steals the Q50’s powertrain it will still be less than. I will say that even at 3 years old I find it better looking (exterior wise) than the new Altima.

  • Commonsenseonthefield

    My prediction is the next Maxima will be positioned as a poor man’s alternative to a Tesla Model S

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I wish Nissan would go back to the athletic design language from the Maxima of yesteryears, where it looked and performed more like a performance sedan it once was. This bulbous and bloated look isn’t doing the Maxima any favors.

  • john1168

    I’m certain the next Maxima will have AWD but I hope they get rid of the cvt. Probably not going to happen…

  • DMax

    I don’t know what’s Nissan’s plan with Maxima is, but to me it seems like an unnecessary car. If they make it AWD and more expensive, it will encroach on Q50 sales, and you can already lease a base 2.0 Q50 for less than Maxima. With the declining sales of sedans I don’t see a point of this model anymore. It hasn’t been any good after 5th gen anyway.

    • A base Q50 2.0t costs more than a base Maxima S. Has about 100 less horsepower and is like 1 – 1.4 seconds slower 0-60 than a Maxima. Maxima interior is in my opinion much sharper, less cramped, and exterior looks better as well. I considered a Q50 3.0t before purchasing my Maxima, I test drove both, the CVT wasn’t bad at all, and with sports mode it isn’t even that noticeable. Plus it is super quick and handles real well too. One of the best larger sporty sedans you can get for the money. My wife who doesn’t even know a thing about cars or cares for looks of cars even stated that the Q50 looks ordinary and plain jane and that Max looked more premium and sporty.. Go figure!

  • Harry Nimmergut

    So, that clarifies that. I’d thought the next Sentra would be a ’19, but I guess it’ll be a ’20.
    Nissan had better amp up the engine. The only other anemic dog in the compact class (well, you could include the base Elantra and Forte, I suppose) is the Corolla. That gets redone also for ’20 and rumor has it that the new 2.0 Dynamic Force will go in it as the base engine. THAT makes 169hp and 151 lb/ft., so Nissan HAS to up its game. That could be the reason for the delay.

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