The new Nissan Sylphy has debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show. While the Sylphy name might not mean much to North American Nissan customers, it is highly likely the car will also serve as the new 2020 Nissan Sentra.
The latest iteration updates the Sylphy/Sentra to the current Nissan design language, complete with the C-pillar cut to achieve an illusion of a "floating" roof. The V-shaped, black-framed grille echoes the front end of the Leaf, for instance. Nissan says the new car's drag coefficient is 0.26, interestingly on par with the GT-R; the stance is now wider and the wheelbase longer, and it appears that the model takes a step away from the Versa's likeness towards the bigger Altima. Inside, there is a sporty-looking, driver-centric dash that is a clear improvement from the current car's cockpit, especially enhanced by the caramel-colored leatherette. The seats have a neat quilted pattern on them.
The next Nissan Sentra is coming soon, and it's looking a lot like the handsome new Altima sedan in these spy photos. We're probably looking at the 2021 model-year Sentra in these shots, as Nissan has previously teased that the next-gen Sentra could be unveiled as early as sometime this year.
Under the intense, patterned wrappings, it's relatively easy to see some shapes and lines forming on the front of the car. The "V-Motion" aesthetic is visible, along with what looks like skinnier headlights that stretch back further into the fender than before. There are some blocked-off coverings on the front bumper to hide any sculpting or sharp angles Nissan wants to keep under wraps for the time being, too. Just from this largely disguised car, it's clear Nissan is adding a bit of needed pizazz to the styling of the Sentra.