After Nissan dropped the Sentra SE-R in 2012, they left a huge gap which needed filling. When the automaker introduced the Sentra NISMO Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2013, we all thought a production model would follow shortly after. However, for years, nothing happened and we though…well, another impressive concept which will never see the light of day…until now. Our spy photographers caught up with the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO testing on the streets of Los Angeles which means Nissan could release the model soon, perhaps even this summer.
The Sentra has been criticized as bland from some quarters hence needed a bit of spark which the NISMO brings onboard. With a Nismo lineup boasting models like the GT-R, Juke and 370Z, enthusiasts can expect a good dose of excitement in the new Sentra sedan. Read along to find out what the NISMO adds to the Sentra stable:
2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo Exterior
The NISMO is adding excitement to all departments starting with the exterior which looks very aerodynamic than any current Sentra sedan. At the front, the model features a black chrome grille which is flanked by LED headlights. The front bumper is integrated with air intakes at each corner which help channel more cooling air to the front brake calipers. The bumper is also integrated with LED fog lights just above the air intakes.
Rocker panels and fenders reach closer to the ground which makes the Sentra NISMO look more aggressive. The front also features a prominent splitter while the rear is characterized by a deck-lid spoiler that extends its trunk. LED taillights add to the sedan’s attractive rear look. There is also a rear diffuser and a chrome-coated dual exhaust tip to complete the rear look.
On the sides, the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO features attractive side- mirrors which are integrated with turn signals. The model rides on 19-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels. The wheels are wrapped in 225/35R19 Michelin Super Sport tires.
2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo Interior
The interior is still a mystery as of this writing. Our photographers didn’t get close enough to take shots of the cabin. However, since the model is meant to add a bi of sportiness to the Sentra, expect Recaro sport bucket seats at the front wrapped in leather and Alcantara. I also believe the steering wheel and shifter will be wrapped in leather. The door panels and probably the dash will be wrapped in Alcantara.
I expect a quality infotainment system though not a state-of –the art system considering Nissan has to keep the price from shooting off the roof. Driving aids will also be offered to improve safety standards of the model. I expect a few of them like stability control and traction control to come standard while lane change assist and parking assist among others should be offered as options.
Engine Specs and performance
Though it has not been confirmed, the Sentra NISMO is likely to be powered by the same engine that powered its Concept. This engine is similar to the one on the Juke but its capacity has been increased to 1.8 L. The turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine will be capable of producing 240 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Power will be channeled to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission system.
An AWD system would be much welcome but it is not likely. With this engine, the Sentra NISMO is expected to run from standstill to 60 mph in under 6 seconds and still post an impressive fuel economy of around 30 mpg on highway drives.
Price and release date
As mentioned earlier, Nissan will likely deliver the model to dealerships this summer. As for the price, expect the model to be competitively priced to compete with its rivals. Te model will be expensive than the standard Sentra. A starting price of around $ 25,000 is likely. Extra options will take the price to over $ 30,000.
Since the SE-R was discontinued, Nissan has lacked a model to rival the likes of Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic SI Sedan , Volkswagen Golf GTI and Subaru WRX. Nissan hopes the new 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO will give the aforementioned models a run for their money.