Nissan seems to be on a revival mission. Not long ago they released the all-new Almera and they’ve just announced the return of the iconic Sentra nameplate.

Nissan Sentra 2013 Side - Surf4cars

It seems to have grown up considerably from the model we came to know two decades ago. In the pictures and on paper, it does look like a formidable rival to the perennial favourite Toyota Corolla.

There are two models. Both are essentially the same; one’s manual and one has a CVT gearbox

Specification level is high; alloy wheels, LED headlights, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and accommodation for your USB drive and iPod. Six airbags are part of the package too, in addition to anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution.

Nissan Sentra rear - Surf4cars

Power comes from a 1.6-litre engine, producing 85kW and 154Nm of torque. Claimed consumption is set at 6.6l/100km. Finally, we’re not sure if this was their intention: but the front-end looks rather similar to Lexus designs of late, with a mock “spindle” grille. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say.

You’ll pay R230 900 for the Sentra 1.6 Acenta manual and R253 600 for the 1.6 Acenta CVT.