Nissan unveils performance Sentra NISMO under $25,000

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Los Angeles

Nissan Motor Co. will offer a new performance version of one of its most-popular sedans.

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

The Japanese automaker took the wraps off the 2017 Sentra NISMO — Nissan’s first-ever mainstream model to wear the NISMO high-performance badge — on Tuesday ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“With the addition of the new Sentra NISMO, the enthusiasts behind NISMO production sports vehicles like the GT-R NISMO and 370Z NISMO sought to widen the reach of the NISMO brand,” said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning for Nissan North America. “But they wanted to do it without diluting the NISMO brand — which meant Sentra NISMO going deeper than just visual changes to an enhanced, visceral driving experience.”

The five-passenger car will be in dealerships for under $25,000 some time in the first quarter of next year, according to Nissan. It will be available in one trim level, with six-speed manual or an “advanced, tuned” automatic Xtronic transmission with manual mode.

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

Although far below the performance markers of the GT-R NISMO’s 600-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6, Nissan promises the Sentra’s 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine is finely-tuned for the compact sedan.

Aesthetically, the new performance sedan keeps Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille and headlamps but features a much more aggressive rear and front, including a six-slotted lower grille and red accents.

On the inside, the five-passenger car features special NISMO badging and stitching as well as a 5-inch color display, Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition and smartphone integration for iPhone and Android phones. An optional premium package adds a Bose Premium audio system with eight speakers.

The 2017 Sentra is offered in five other trim levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL (Xtronic). The car is assembled in Aguascalientes, Mexico, with the engine assembled in Yokohama, Japan.

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