After having shifted its emphasis onto crossover vehicles in the last few years, Nissan is returning for a double-stab at the compact sedan market and the final instalment sees the return of the Sentra badge.
SA's last Sentra model was replaced by the Almera in 2001, which in turn made way for the Tiida in 2006.
Strangely, though, the Almera has just returned as a smaller Micra-based saloon to fill the Tiida's shoes while the new Sentra joins the saloon party as a larger C-segment model that's ready to do battle with Corolla, Cruze, Civic and friends.
Yet whereas the last Sentra had a somewhat sporty design language, particularly after the localised facelift, the new one has a conservative style that will blend into the automotive scenery without really being noticed. Great if you're on the Witness Protection Programme.
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