Nissan’s newest Sentra is the sportiest one to date

Alongside the 2017 Rogue, the Nissan Sentra is getting a refresh and a new engine when it debuts at the 2016 Miami International Auto Show. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo will put to use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and some exterior enhancements, which Nissan claims brings its “fun-to-drive factor to a whole new level."

The 1.6-litre Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged engine will produce 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The new power figures represent a 50 percent increase and 41 percent increase respectively over the standard Sentra SR 1.8-litre. If you’re doing the math, that’s 64 more horsepower and 52 more pound-feet of torque. That newfound power is paired to either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

But the power isn’t alone in the performance upgrades. A revised suspension and steering rack - including stiffer front springs - gives the Sentra SR Turbo a sportier feel. Furthermore, the body has been reinforced, larger front disc brakes have been fitted, and even an Active Understeer Control system helps better deliver power to the front wheels.

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

On the exterior, the SR Turbo doesn’t get much new in the way of looks compared to the standard SR (not that we’re complaining). The LED low beam projector headlights, lower body side sill extensions, and rear spoiler remain are the only noticeable additions coming in the way of 17-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels.

Inside is a slightly different story. Standard features include a power sliding glass moonroof, a sport interior trim, premium cloth seats, and a 5.8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Opt for the SR Turbo Premium Package, and that adds leather seats, a Bose audio system, a blind spot monitoring system, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Though Nissan hasn’t given official pricing or a release date just yet, expect to see this Sentra SR Turbo in dealers in the next few months, with a price tag slightly above the $22,598 MSRP found on the non-turbo SR.

Source: Nissan

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