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2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO At A Glance (Press Release)

At a Glance: 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

The 2017 Sentra NISMO is the latest in a long line of compact Nissan performance sedans going back nearly 50 years to the Datsun 510 and the original Sentra SE-R. The first-ever Sentra NISMO is also the first mainstream U.S. Nissan model to offer motorsports-inspired NISMO factory-tuned performance. It joins the GT-R NISMO, 370Z NISMO, JUKE NISMO and JUKE NISMO RS in the 2017 Nissan lineup.

The 2017 Sentra NISMO model’s comprehensive transformation from everyday sedan to a highly personal performance machine includes aggressive exterior treatment, performance-oriented interior and unique suspension tuning.

The motorsports-inspired exterior features NISMO signature “layered double wing” design treatments in the front, side and rear lower body panels, with thin red stripe accents in the lower panels. In front, a unique front fascia dominates, along with standard LED Daytime Running Lights, NISMO black grille and NISMO badge. Other unique styling features include unique side sills, NISMO rear fascia and spoiler, NISMO exhaust finisher, chrome door handles and trunk finisher, rear NISMO badge and black NISMO outside mirror caps with integrated turn signals and NISMO red stripe. The 2017 Sentra NISMO is offered in four exterior colors – Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black and Aspen White.

Inside, the Sentra NISMO interior is designed to support exciting driving – starting with unique NISMO front seats with logo and additional side bolstering. The rear seats feature unique cloth material with red stitching. Red motorsports-inspired accents are seen throughout the interior, including on the unique Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel, the push button start with red start ring, NISMO meter cluster and red tachometer, leather shift knob and NISMO embroidered carpets. A dark headliner and NISMO logo on the instrument panel complete the special interior treatment.  Just one interior color is offered, Charcoal with red accents.

As expected of any vehicle wearing the NISMO badge, the new Sentra NISMO offers ample power under the hood. The 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) turbocharged engine is rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine includes a 10.5:1 compression ratio, a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), spray-coated and mirror-finish cylinder bores and a variable pressure oil pump. The DIGTM system helps improve combustion, enhancing power, torque, economy and emissions, while use of the turbocharger and intercooler helps boost power. The variable timing control for both intake and exhaust cycles improves low-end engine response.

The engine is matched with choice of a 6-speed manual transmission, with gear ratios selected to take maximum advantage of the engine’s powerband and torque curve, or an advanced, tuned Xtronic transmission. The Sentra NISMO also receives an enhanced body structure and NISMO-tuned steering and suspension tuning.

The NISMO-tuned independent strut front/rear torsion beam suspension goes beyond the SR Turbo’s enhanced design (versus non-turbo Sentra grades) by adopting monotube rear dampers and unique tuning of the front springs and struts. The lightweight monotube shock design features separate oil and gas chambers and high-pressure gas charge to help provide quicker response to damper stroke and velocity changes. Faster damper response means faster reaction to changing steering or road conditions. In addition, NISMO tuning of the springs and struts helps improve body control (roll and pitch) for higher demand cornering.

Steering effort of the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system has also been specially tuned to provide a “NISMO feel.” The special dialing in of the effort/response relationship helps provide good highway and winding road feedback, precise on-center definition without overly high driver effort and a linear, direct steering feel at turn-in.

Also contributing to the overall handling performance is the unique Sentra NISMO wheel and tire combination. Utilizing NISMO 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with newly developed 215/45ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires, cornering power and grip levels are improved, even over the new Sentra SR Turbo. It is the first time 18-inch wheels and tires have been offered on a Sentra. For customers seeking maximum grip, high-performance 215/45WR18 Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R summer tires are available through Nissan dealers.

Along with the long list of unique NISMO features, the 2017 Sentra NISMO also offers a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) located between the tachometer and speedometer, soft-touch instrument panel and door armrests, sliding armrest, Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry, RearView Monitor, power windows with driver’s one-touch auto up/down with auto reverse, power door locks with auto-locking feature, remote keyless entry and remote trunk and fuel-filler door releases.

An AM/FM/CD system with 5.0-inch color display, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition and smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android phones are also standard. The optional NISMO Premium Package adds a Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers.

Also offered with the NISMO Premium Package is NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps – with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel Link® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and NissanConnect Mobile Apps.

In addition to the new Sentra NISMO (6MT and Xtronic), the 2017 Nissan Sentra is offered in five other grade levels: Sentra S (6MT and Xtronic), SV (Xtronic), SR (Xtronic), SR Turbo (6MT and Xtronic) and SL (Xtronic).

Highlights of the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO include:


  • Highly aggressive exterior treatment with focus on enhanced aerodynamics, including a 30 percent reduction in rear lift
  • NISMO signature “layered double wing” design in the front, side and rear lower body panels
  • Thin red stripe accents in the lower panels
  • Boomerang-shaped, projector LED low beam headlights (halogen high beam) with LED accents
  • Standard Smart Auto Headlights with twilight and windshield wiper activation
  • Standard LED Daytime Running Lights
  • NISMO black grille and NISMO badge
  • Unique side sills
  • NISMO rear fascia and spoiler
  • NISMO exhaust finisher
  • Chrome door handles and trunk finisher
  • Rear NISMO badge
  • Black NISMO outside mirror caps with integrated turn signals and NISMO red stripe
  • A long wheelbase of 106.3 inches, 183.6-inch overall length
  • 15.1-cubic foot cargo volume
  • Four available exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black and Aspen White

Platform and Powertrain

  • Lightweight front engine/front-wheel drive platform
  • Enhanced body structure with a number of factory-tuned body reinforcements – the cowl is thicker and vehicle floor and rear parcel shelf all reinforced to stiffen the body structure, improving responsiveness to steering inputs
  • Advanced 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder
  • Engine rated at 188 horsepower, 177 lb-ft of torque
  • Choice of 6-speed manual transmission or Xtronic transmission with manual mode
  • Xtronic transmission features a flexible lock-up damper and next-generation D-Step shift program for a direct shift feel and linear acceleration feel
  • Suspension, Steering and Braking
    • NISMO-tuned suspension and steering
    • Independent strut front suspension with 22.0 mm stabilizer bar
    • Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated 24.6 mm stabilizer bar
    • Monotube rear shock absorbers
    • Unique Sentra NISMO strut, damper and front spring tuning
    • NISMO-tuned Electronic Power Steering system (vehicle-speed-sensitive) with 16.3:1 steering ratio, reinforced steering mounting
    • Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with larger front brake rotors (11.7-inch front and 11.5-inch rear)
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
    • NISMO 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires

    Interior Features

    • Motorsports-inspired interior treatment with focus on enhanced driving enjoyment
    • Unique NISMO front seats with logo and additional side bolstering
    • Rear seats with unique cloth material with red stitching
    • Unique Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Push button start with red start ring
    • NISMO meter cluster and red tachometer
    • NISMO leather shifter knob
    • NISMO logo embroidered carpets
    • Dark headliner
    • NISMO logo on the instrument panel
    • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
    • Standard 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD)
    • 6-way manual driver’s seat/4-way manual front passenger’s seat
    • Large front center console storage with sliding armrest and front cupholders
    • Front seat storage pockets
    • 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, rear center armrest with cupholders
    • Tilt and telescopic steering column
    • Power windows with driver-side one-touch auto up/down and auto-reverse feature
    • Power door locks with auto-locking feature
    • AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers and MP3/WMA playback capability; auxiliary audio input jack, Radio Data System (RDS)
    • Available Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers
    • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
    • USB connection port with iPod® interface
    • Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel Link™ (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
    • Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition
    • Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant1
    • Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and push button ignition system
    • Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System
    • RearView Monitor
    • One interior color: Charcoal with red accents

    Safety and Security

    • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
    • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
    • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
    • Front-seat belts with pretensioners, load limiters and adjustable upper anchors
    • Standard 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
    • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available Easy-Fill Tire Alert
    • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
    • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)

    Models and Manufacturing

    • Offered in one well-equipped trim level: Sentra NISMO with choice of 6-speed manual or Xtronic transmissions
    • Assembled by Nissan Mexicana SA de CV (NMEX-DF), Aguascalientes, Mexico with engines assembled in Yokohama, Japan


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