2020 Nissan Sentra: This Is Likely It As China’s New Sylphy Previews American Model

Photos of China’s all-new Nissan Sylphy compact sedan were leaked on the web today. What that means for us is that, in all likelihood, we get an early view of North America’s next generation 2020 Sentra compact sedan, expected later this year.

How is that, you ask? Well, the current Nissan Sentra first debuted as the Sylphy in China and the same scenario may repeat with the new generation model. Something else that makes this theory plausible is the design of the new Nissan Sylphy in Chinese specification.

As you can see, it totally suits the styling language adopted by Nissan sedans in North America in recent years, first with the Maxima and more recently with the Altima. Built by Dongfeng-Nissan, the new Sylphy is longer, wider and lower than the current model. It’s 4,651mm (183.1in) long, 1,815mm (71.4in) wide and 1,450mm (57in) high, with a wheelbase stretched 12 mm (0.47 in) to 2,712 mm (106.7 in).

All these changes in dimensions appear to have had a positive impact on the car’s appearance, giving it a more athletic, expressive look. The front end adopts Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, sleeker headlights with a boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, a low bonnet and a restyled bumper with sharp lines.

The side view reveals the kick-up C-pillars and 17-inch alloys, while the rear view is dominated by a pair of new LED taillights and a reshaped bumper that integrates a diffuser-like element.

The Chinese-market compact sedan will feature an updated 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine rated at 137 hp (139 PS) — 13 hp (13 PS) more than the current model. Transmission choices will include a standard manual transmission or an optional CVT in China.

The all-new Nissan Sylphy is expected to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 16. As for America’s 2020 Nissan Sentra, expect it to debut sometime this year — the earliest venue would be the New York Auto Show that starts a day after the Shanghai show.

Thanks to Almuraba for the tip !

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  • FoxJ30

    Almost anything will be better than the ghastly current model.

    • cbATL

      Except this hunk of @#$%

      • Salini

        “Except” you cant form a proper sentence…

        • cbATL

          Kiss my country @$$…Professor

    • Salini

      Current model actually looks pretty good.

  • Leconte Dave

    Big upgrade

  • Dude

    It barely looks like a compact. The styling is good though

  • CitizenKane

    Why the pictures from China have always such poor quality?

    • serge charles

      They have to travel through the earths core

      • DetrinKD


        But seriously, how can the pictures suck SO BAD!

      • CitizenKane

        You can’t fool me, everybody know the earth is flat

  • no25

    Who put the Altima and the Maxima in locked bedroom? lol all jokes aside, I actually kind of like it!

  • J. P.

    Sentra hatchback, please!!!

    • Eythan Aldrich

      or should we call it Pulsar?

  • charlotteharry57

    Just like the current Sentra, it looks like a mini-me Altima and that’s a good thing. I’m worried about the engine, though. It and the Corolla have slugged it out for years as the slugs of the compact class, but the Corolla now has significantly more power. This had better too. Otherwise, thumbs up!

    • This is a 1.6 engine, more like nissan will have an updated 1.8 or 2.0, nissan is also working on a smaller version VC-T turbo, which will be unveil this year, maybe that the engine they will use.The smaller VC-T has been rumor since 2010. It confirm for production with recent interview from infiniti spoke person.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It looks just like a baby Altima, it’s looks mature than the previous model.

  • Bash

    It’s just that the name is horrible.

    • eb110americana

      What? You don’t want to roll in a Nissan Syphilis?

      • Bash

        Exactly! Thanks for making my point.

      • Bash


  • TheBelltower

    Nissan has really doubled-down on this low-rent design language. Guess we are going to be stuck with it for several more years. At least.

  • tkindred

    Good looking car

  • Nordschleife

    Maxima people are gonna be mad. LOL

  • Nice styling. Maxima and Sentra fused together.

  • Kaido Alex

    The gray pieces in the corner of the headlights look to be great spots for amber side markers.

  • klowik

    this looks a lot better with the right folds on the bumper.

  • :/ Yurr

    Looks better than Altima. “Dominated by a pair of new LED taillights”?🤔. So this gets it but the Altima the more expensive product does not.

    • DetrinKD

      Yea, I do not get the reasoning behind that… but it was the case with the last gen Altima and the current Sentra. Makes no sense.

  • Joe E

    The Sentra name has been tarnished so much, they should keep the Sylphy and pronounce it “Selfie” in the U.S.

    • DetrinKD

      That would make for a slick marketing campaign and this car is aimed at that demographic.

  • Tim Manning

    That actually looks pretty good! Better than the new Altima even. Hopefully it doesn’t come with that anemic 1.6L engine

    • china model always use the 1.6, USA model always have a much more powerful engine.Nissan may use a new smaller VC-T engine, or something more powerful like 1.8 or 2.0.

  • Six_Tymes

    Please Nissan keep the same price points.

  • BlackPegasus

    Single moms will love it.

  • WalthamDan

    It looks less entry-level than the current model which is a good thing. I wish they would eliminate the fake trim/paint piece at the rear and stop trying to fake a floating roof on their sedans. Too bad it will still be saddled with their CVT

  • Paul

    It looks like a baby Altima

    • Salini

      No ish sherlock, cause it was suppose to look like a baby Impala?

  • smartalec

    It looks way better than the current model, so glad they have ditched the skinny and high look

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