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The current Nissan Sentra will be undergoing a midcycle refresh in the next few months and the senior vice president of sales, marketing, and operations, Fred Diaz says the refresh makes it "almost all new.

 

"It will be an incredibly freshened Sentra," said Diaz.

 

The refresh will include number changes to the styling - most likely bringing it in line with the V-Motion language - and enhancements to the technology.

 

Now this an interesting thing to say since the current Sentra is doing quite well. Automotive News reports that Nissan moved 183,268 Sentras last year, up 42 percent when compared to 2013 and marked the best sales for the model in 25 years. Diaz said that the company doesn't have any concern about the current model in terms of sales. But he does say automakers have to stay fresh.

 

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The last line is what auto companies should all live by, they have to stay Fresh! You do not go 7 or 10 years on the same body / style / technology.

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i'm kinda curious why the 1.8L engine size seems so prevalent....?

not like a lot of 2.7L v6s or 3.6 v8s......

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I think the current Sentra is THE dowdiest car in its class.  Rental fleets are full of them.  It looks like a horseshoe crab.

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i'm kinda curious why the 1.8L engine size seems so prevalent....?

not like a lot of 2.7L v6s or 3.6 v8s......

 

What do you  mean?

 

gm has a 1.8L, toyota has one, nissan has one, VW has one,.....others?

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i'm kinda curious why the 1.8L engine size seems so prevalent....?

not like a lot of 2.7L v6s or 3.6 v8s......

 

What do you  mean?

 

gm has a 1.8L, toyota has one, nissan has one, VW has one,.....others?

 

 

I think there is some mathematics and technical stuff behind it.  You'll notice that 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 are all getting really popular too.  

 

My guess: The 1.8 is part of an engine family that also has 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 displacements available. The 1.8  is the biggest they can go without needing to go to the bigger block 4-cylinder... at nissan that is the engine block that the 2.0 and 2.5 use.  Smaller block = less weight. 

 

GM does the same thing - the 1.4T, and 1.8 are the same engine family.  The old 2.0T and 2.4 were the same engine family. The new 2.0T and new 2.5 are the same engine family.   

 

In the 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 case, those engines can all share the same piston and connecting rod design. 

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Another thing... the biggest 4-cylinders tend to be around 2.5 liters (the biggest in recent memory is the 2.9 Atlas from GM).  If you need more power than that, you go to a V6 or you drop the displacement a bit and turbo charge it (I.e, the 2.0T).  It is beneficial in two ways - the 2.0T and 2.5 can share the same block with different bore sizes, and the 2.0T gets extra reinforcement around the cylinder walls with the smaller bore. 

 

You wouldn't want to de-bore a 2.5 block down to 1.8 because that is an excessive amount of "extra" engine for a car that is light on power to lug around 

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