Sources say the Mexican midsize sedan will debut by 2023 to join the Honda Civic ‘orphans’.
It was during the launch of the new Frontier that Nissan revealed that it will invest around R$ 1.2 billion (or 250 million dollars) in the improvement of the Resende (RJ) factory. However, little is said (and known) about the Japanese brand’s launch schedule here. For now, the only model that’s stocked here is the new Sentra, just imported from Mexico.
The investment announcement was made by Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer. At the time, the company only said that the amount would be spent on products, without specifying the models or when the donation would be made. Report of Automotive Businesshowever, it found the Sentra to be the only fit for now.
Sentra: glaring at Civic fans
Sources associated with the company confirmed the sedan’s return until next year – probably already with a half-life-lift, since the model will be launched in 2019. The newspaper “Autoesporte” says that the Sentra could start between the end of this year and the quarter the first of 2023. The manufacturer is still a mystery.
“I launched in China, I participated in the launch in Mexico and I hope to do the same here, at least before I retire,” Nissan Mercosur President Airton Cousseau said.
When asked about the possibility of the arrival of a medium SUV (like the X-Trail, already “promised” several times by the brand here) instead of a medium sedan (a segment whose sales are low), Cousseau said that “there are still viewers.” to sedans.
If launched here, the Sentra should be positioned in a price range close to the old Honda Civic. The intention, of course, is to win a share of the customers of the rival sedan, whose 11th generation will be imported from the United States in a hybrid version – and will be more expensive than its predecessor.
A few months ago, rumors grew around the arrival of Magnite in the country. The small SUV is built on a modified version of the Renault Kwid platform, which will make its production in the country possible.
In fact, the model would be an attractive option for Nissan, which would have a sports utility vehicle under the Kicks, today its main brand in Brazil and the only model produced locally.
There are also rumors of the nationalization of the much-lauded e-Power technology. Unlike most hybrids, the e-Power system uses the combustion engine in a stationary mode, causing it to generate energy for the battery, while the electric motor drives the vehicle. By operating in a constant cycle range, the heat engine achieves low levels of fuel consumption and emissions.
Nissan has been testing in Brazil with the Kicks and Note (a compact MPV sold in Europe) for at least seven years to see how the system works with a convertible engine.