The new Nissan Sentra will come to Brazil to beat the “orphan” Honda Civic  versions

The new Nissan Sentra will come to Brazil to beat the “orphan” Honda Civic versions

The return of the Sentra in Brazil is part of Nissan’s strategy to try to capture the “orphans” of the Honda Civic – the sedan stopped being produced in the country at the end of last year. The new generation will be sold here, but it will come from outside the US in the second half of the year, with a higher cost.

O to feel will also be imported, but from Mexico. Therefore, it does not pay import duties, as the countries maintain trade agreements. That is one of the advantages that Nissan must have over Honda. Another is that the Civic could arrive with several reduced versions.

In Mexico, the Sentra is sold in five configurations – four with a CVT gearbox and one with a manual gearbox. There is still a difference with a two-tone color. For Brazil, more expensive and complete options should arrive.

The interior of the Nissan Sentra is modern and features circular air intakes – Photo: Disclosure

Among the highlights are dual-zone digital air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot alerts, lane change and cross traffic, automatic emergency braking and power adjustable leather seats.

O The engine is always the expected original 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 145 hp. and 20 kgfm of torque. A version with direct injection and some additional horses can be selected.

The new generation of the sedan has a bolder look than the previous one – Photo: Disclosure

The new Sentra is nothing like the previous version, released until the middle of last year in Brazil. With a bold look, the model reminds the big “brothers” of Altima and Versa, only placed lower.

The headlights have been reduced to help define the front with a V-shaped chrome grille. On the side, A long fall from the roof involves backward speed. There are circular air vents, an electronic parking brake and a small digital instrument panel in the cabin. The steering wheel is the same as that of the Kicks and Versa.

Digital air conditioning and circular air vents are interior highlights of the new Sentra — Photo: Disclosure

The mid-size sedan segment has been practically swallowed up by SUVs in recent years. In 2022, there are only four models that are regularly produced: Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Caoa Chery Arrizo 6 Pro and Kia Cerato. The Civic itself was no longer sold and the Volkswagen Jetta was withdrawn from its stock to await the updated version.

As a comparison, ten years ago, there were 13 mid-size sedans available in the country.

The reason is that sales are also smarter. In February 2012, 16,886 mid-size sedans were licensed.. On its own, segment leader Toyota Corolla produced 3,676 units.

The number is slightly lower than the number 3,891 copies of the total number of middle sedan licenses in February this year.

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