LA Auto Show 2019

Nissan redesigns Sentra as a mini Maxima (and it looks really good)

The car comes with many features that add tremendous value to the low-cost sedan.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan completed their long-awaited redesign of their sedan lineup today with the unveiling of the 2019 Nissan Sentra. The fresh model take a lot of design inspiration from the Nissan Maxima and Altima, which is to be expected.

The compact car is built on a new platform for the 2019 model year. It is two inches lower and wider in its new iteration than in the previous generation. At the front is Nissan's signature V-motion grille, thin headlamps, and a floating roof. Sharp hood creases lead to muscular fender flares.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR side profile floating roof The car's floating roof is reminiscent of other Nissan models.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Available LED projector headlamps feature Nissan's signature LED daytime running lights. LED fog lamps are also available. Intelligent Headlights and high beam assist are standard on all new Sentras.

Sentra will come in eight paint colors for the 2020 model year: Blue Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Aspen White TriCoat, Fresh Powder, Roswood Metallic, and Scarlet Ember TriCoat. A two-tone paint scheme is available in Super Black/Gun Metallic, Super Black/Aspen White TriCoat and Super Black/Monarch Orange Metallic combinations.

Every Sentra is powered by Nissan's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 149 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, a 20- and 16-percent increase, respectively. Nissan projects that the new engine is more fuel efficient than its predecessor which got 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

2020 Nissan Sentra SR back rear tail end At its rear, the Sentra features encompassing taillights.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan says it has improved the level of noise permeating the cabin by adding more soft acoustic material and improved sealants in the 2020 Sentra.

The company has also worked to improve the handling and responsiveness of the vehicle with a series of notable equipment additions and calibrations.

Inside, the Sentra is much improved though its looks and equipment are clearly from the Nissan parts bin. That's not a bad thing. Nissan delivers some of the best interiors in the business, especially when you consider the vehicle's value proposition. There are satin chrome aluminum accents, contrast seat stitching, and a standard D-shaped steering wheel that give the vehicle an up-market look. The wheel is smooth to the touch and there's available leather-appointed seats. Nissan has given the Sentra their heralded Zero Gravity front seats.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR interior wheel display screen shifter Contrast stitching and a standard D-shaped steering wheel make the Sentra sportier.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a 4.2-inch information display and each Sentra comes standard with at least a 7-inch infotainment touch screen. Sentra SV and higher grades get a standard 8-inch touch screen. Bluetooth, hands-free calling, hands-free text messaging, Siri Eyes Free, and Google Assistant are also standard. Cars with the 8-inch screen get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard.

Heated front seats and outside mirrors, and remote engine start are available as are adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree view monitor.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR wheel display screen shifter speedometer cup holders Nissan has given the Sentra features that are found throughout the automaker's lineup.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Sentra comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six driver-assist systems that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, rear automatic braking. Rear door alert is also standard.

The 2020 Nissan Sentra will come in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. Only two packages are available. Sentra S includes 16-inch steel wheels with full covers, remote keyless entry with push button start, and center console with storage in addition to other features.

Sentra SV adds, most notably, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires, NissanConnect, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded cloth interior.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR front The front of the car features Nissan's signature boomerang grille.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

On the Sentra SR there are 18-inch diamond-cut aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires, a dark chrome V-motion grille, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, a sport cloth interior with orange stitching, rear spoiler, and lower body side sill extensions.

The 2020 Nissan Sentra will go on sale in the U.S. in January. Pricing will be announced in a few weeks.

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The Ferrari Omologata is a one-off V12 superstar.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari

The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is available with a hybrid powertrain.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will have a maximum tow rating of 14,000 pounds and maximum payload of 3,325 making it stronger than any other light-duty full-size pickup truck. For the 2021 model year, the F-Series introduces its first hybrid powertrain, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost, which gets the most horsepower and torque of any power plant on the roster.

"F-150 is the flagship of Ford's dedication to building the best trucks and represents our commitment to not just meeting customer needs but exceeding them," said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. "With capability and functionality foundational to F-Series, the all-new F-150 not only tows more and hauls more than any other light-duty full-size pickup, it is built to surpass customer expectations with smart innovations that will make them even more productive every day."

2021 Ford F-150 Ford equips every hybrid engine powered F-150 with the Pro Power Onboard generator system. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The PowerBoost engine gives the F-150 2,120 pounds of maximum payload capacity and 12,700 pounds of maximum conventional towing capacity. Those numbers are the most for any hybrid pickup. Hybrids present their own unique set of challenges when it comes to towing because of battery and motor cooling concerns.

The impressive numbers don't stop there. The PowerBoost engine makes 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Models with the PowerBoost engine also come with the Pro Power Onboard generator that delivers 2.4 kilowatts of standard power and an available 7.2 kilowatts – enough to power 28 refrigerators.

AutomotiveMap has an in-depth look at all the available engines and transmission for the F-150. You can read more about them here.

Currently, no other mainstream automakers offers a hybrid or all-electric truck from the factory. Rivian is working on the R1T, Ford is developing an all-electric F-150, and the battery-powered GMC Hummer EV will debut later this year.

Ford is expected to debut the revised F-150 Raptor soon. It's likely to unseat the F-150 PowerBoost as the most powerful F-150 model in order to keep up with the competition being offered by the new Ram TRX.

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