Introduced on January 5, 1995, the Sentra changed from an independent rear suspension to a torsion beam setup. Some variants were not equipped with a rear swaybar or rear disc brakes. Many of these vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter DOHC engine that had Nissan’s Variable Intake Valve Timing Control System (NVTCS) and standard 5-speed manual transmission can achieve upwards of 30-40 MPG depending on conditions. This generation is also the first generation in Mexico wearing the Sentra name.
All engines in the B14 line up came with timing chains, designed to last the vehicle’s lifetime.
The B14 sentra platform was offered several trims, Base, XE, GXE, GLE, SE and SE Limited. Base and XE come with 13-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, GXE prior to 1998 also included 13-inch wheels. The only difference between trims is the GXE and up come with rear seat trunk access, rear headrests, a grip-assist handle on the passenger side, additional fabric on doors and seats as opposed to vinyl, power windows, locks, mirrors, etc. The GLE, SE, and Special Edition include in some instances leather, rear spoiler and moonroof, and keyless entry packages. All trims except the SE and SE-R have the GA16DE 1.6L engine of 115 hp (86 kW). The SE and SE-R received the SR20DE 2.0L engine with140 hp (104 kW). The 200SX SE-R came with leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and even Limited-Slip-Differential until 1997.
The two-door Sentra was renamed as the 200SX and took the sporty SE-R model with it, though the sedan got all the performance parts (minus the limited-slip differential) in 1998 with the Sentra SE. The SE sedan came with the same 2.0-liter SR20DE engine as the SE-R.
The 1998 200SX SE-R no longer offered a Limited slip differential. This generation saw the end of assembly in Smyrna, Tennessee.
- GA16DE: 1,597cc 6,900 rpm redline 1.6 DOHC 115 hp (86 kW) @ 6000 rpm, 108tq @ 4000 rpm. available in 5-speed manual/4-speed automatic; 30/40mpg 5sp. man., 28/37 4sp. auto, 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds on 95 GXE M/T: Car and Driver 6/95
- SR20DE: 1,998cc 7,300 rpm redline 2.0 DOHC 140 hp (100 kW) @ 6400 rpm, 132tq @ 4800 rpm in SE & 200SX SE-R; 23/31mpg 5sp. man., 23/30 4sp. auto, 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds
- 1997: Base, XE, GXE, Top of the line GLE
- 1998: Base, XE, GXE, (new) SE, GLE
The 1998 model year saw a minor redesign of the rear light assembly, primarily the reverse indicator lights. The front grille was changed in 1998 from horizontal bars to a large plastic mesh. In 1998 the GXE was upgraded to include 14-inch alloy wheels, the GLE also came with 14-inch wheels, and the SE and Special editions along with the 200SX SE-R came with 15-inch alloy rims.
- 1999: XE, (Limited Edition) for GXE, SE
In 1999 the front grille was redesigned yet again, this time changed from a grille to an oval hole between the head lights.
Philippine version (1996–2002)
*FE - GA13DS: 1295 cc DOHC 16-valve carburetor (power steering only, without stereo)
*EX Saloon - GA14DE: 1392 cc DOHC 16-valve EFI (power steering only, with stereo)
*Super Saloon - GA16DNE: 1597 cc DOHC 16-valve EFI (all power, power antenna) (auto retract mirrors, SRS airbags and ABS were optional at first and later became mandatory to all units)
Due to the success of the Super Saloon, Nissan Philippines introduced the Super Touring and GTS, to compete with the Toyota Corolla TRD (limited edition) and 160 hp Honda Civic SiR sedan.
*Super Touring - GA16DNE: with a sportier bodykit (lucino bumpers with foglights, sideskirt, spoiler) power steering, power windows, auto retract mirrors
*GTS - GA16DNE: successor of the Super Touring (sporty bumpers, sideskirt and spoiler) all power features, all power, power steering, power windows, auto retract mirrors
Nissan Philippines then repackaged the Sentra to a more luxurious line up in order to compete with the Toyota Corolla Altis.
*Exalta SLA - GA16DE: with reinforced extended bumpers, multi-reflector headlamps, elm wood interior accents, all power features, power steering, power windows, rear backup sensors, sapphire starlight gauges, manual transmission.
*Exalta STA - GA16DE: luxurious version of the SLA all power features, power steering, elm wood interior, power windows, auto retract mirrors, all leather seats and door panels, power sliding sunroof, automatic climate control, 2-DIN stereo with 12-Disc CD Changer, fog lights, 4 channel 4 sensor ABS, tilt and slide sunroof, retracting rear door window shades, sapphire starlight gauges.
Also calledNissan Sunny
Nissan Lucino (200SX)Production1995–1999AssemblySmyrna, Tennessee
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaBody style4-door sedanLayoutFF layoutPlatformNissan B platformEngine1.6 L GA16DE I4
2.0 L SR20DE I4Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automaticWheelbase99.8 in (2,535 mm)Length1997-99: 171.0 in (4,343 mm)
1995-96: 170.1 in (4,321 mm)Width66.6 in (1,692 mm)Height54.5 in (1,384 mm)RelatedNissan 200SX
Nissan Pulsar N15