The 2013 Nissan Sentra has officially gone on sale in the UAE. It is not a replacement for the new sub-compact Nissan Sunny, but will slot in alongside it as a larger compact sedan offering, replacing the older Nissan Sunny and possibly he Tiida sedan.
The Sentra gets two 4-cylinder engine options. One is a 1.6-litre, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic. It produces 113 hp and 154 Nm of torque. The 1.8-litre engine, which only available with a CVT automatic, produces 130 hp and 174 Nm of torque.
Some standard features of the Sentra include power steering, power mirrors, power windows, halogen headlamps, rear LED lamps, keyless entry, manual seats, AM/FM radio with CD/MP3/AUX/RDS support and 2 speakers and 15-inch steel wheels. Higher SV and SL models get LED accent headlamps, intelligent key with engine push-start button, wood trim, 4-6 speakers, fog lamps, leather steering, rear spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and indicators on side-view mirror. There is also an option of USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, navigation, 5.8-inch display, rear view camera and 2 DIN face audio system with CD player. The 1.8 SL Premium is the top of the line and gets more features such as leather seats, sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone climate control A/C.
Safety features include electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), ABS and Brake Assist (BA), along with driver and passenger front airbags. Only the 1.8 SL Premium gets side and curtain airbags.
Nissan Sentra prices for the basic 1.6-litre version starts from Dhs 57,500, topping out at Dhs 81,000 for the fully-optioned 1.8-litre model.
It should hit showrooms in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and other GCC markets soon, if not already.
Keep track of all the prices and updates in the Nissan Sentra buyer guide.