2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Finally Debuts


The Nissan Sentra has been a mainstay of the compact-car segment for 35 years and seven generations. Unfortunately, today’s model is not really one of the class leaders. 

Massively upping the fun factor, Nissan just revealed its new Sentra SR Turbo model here at the Miami Auto Show. This pint-sized bruiser is powered by a pumped-up 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. With a turbocharger, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing onboard, it delivers an impressive 188 horses along with 177 lb-ft of peak torque. Power is up by 50 percent compared to run-of-the-mill Sentras, so yeah, it should be pretty quick.

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In typical Nissan fashion, a continuously variable automatic transmission is offered, but proving it understands the performance market, a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered for purists who still prefer rowing their own.

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Aside from the power boost, engineers enhanced numerous other parts of the car to ensure it’s ready to handle that generous stable of horses.

The body structure has been bulked up in the cowl area, its steering system retuned for less effort at low speeds and more feedback on twisting roads, the front springs are 10 percent stiffer and the dampers at all four corners have been retuned, though it remains to be seen how much more fun this chassis will provide since it still features an antiquated torsion beam at the rear.

Improving the SR Turbo’s refinement, engineers increased the thickness of its window glass for a quieter interior. They also improved in-cabin storage space by making the center console nearly twice as large.

As for creature comfort, this car features a standard power-sliding moonroof, LED low-beam headlamps and accent lights, plus keyless entry with push-button ignition.

Dressing things up are unique sill extensions, a rear spoiler with an integrated CHMSL – that is, a center high-mounted stop lamp – and unique 17-inch wheels with all-season tires.

So, there you go. That’s a quick look at the new Nissan Sentra SR Turbo. It looks like a great update to this otherwise aging small car. I look forward to testing it in the coming months, which is when it should go on sale. Pricing information has not been made available at this time.

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  • smartacus

    not for nothing, but the Sentra’s suspension looks pretty capable of soft-roading.
    Good approach and departure angles for its class.

  • Emperius

    Ugly looking car. Nothing within this decade has been pleasant.

  • the nissan juke make 220 Hp in normal mode from their 1.6, and up to 250 HP in over boost.

  • Patrick Jackson

    A step in the right direction at least. maybe the next generation will get a real SE-R variant.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Pretty sure they tuned things down so it would last. Extra performance usually comes at the cost of long term reliability. Honda did it first with the Civic earlier this year and it was pretty obvious they could have given it more power pretty easily.

  • smartacus

    then why didn’t they put their 211-215HP Juke engine into the Sentra???

    Hyundai put over 200HP into their i30 and didn’t even call it an “N” model.

  • If you are unaware, the 1.6 have a over boost function which it push up to 210hp. Further more this engine have the same spec , but they are not the same engine.

  • smartacus

    then why didn’t they just use the same engine as the Juke?

  • would it make sense to have a 215 hP car anda next car having 240HP called nismo? Nissan have got it right , it makes sense, if you wnat the 240 HP version wait for the nismo which should challenge the type r honda, ths is an answer to the civic 1.5 turbo.

  • smartacus

    i forget if 188HP is a bigger or smaller number than 200HP
    but regardless;
    something still tells me Nissan’s 1.6T should have matched the Hyundai’s 1.6T
    which has been making over 200HP for half a decade now.

  • Isend2C

    I’m kinda with you Smartacus. I don’t care for weaker tunes of the engines that already offer better ones. Why not make it the best that it can be? (which won’t be too good considering what Nissan is starting with here).

    Also, wow that interior is dull. The interior of the Versa Note SR looks better with some contrasting stitching and a little pizzazz. The shifter looks like it’s from the base Sentra S (if they even still make that)

  • Frank Alex Brauer

    Of course reliability is on the top of any manufacturer’s list, especially Honda’s. All cars can be tweaked for more power until things go “boom”. Some manufacturers have built engine blocks so tough they were called “over-engineered”. One example was Toyota’s straight six that was in the Supra Turbo. Driving habits and preventative maintenance also will reflect on how long a vehicle will last. I beat on my vehicles for every last bit of horsepower but I’m a freak when it comes to doing maintenance on my motor powered transporters, whether it be my cars or my motorcycles. I’m all about having fun when you can. But I also know I can rely on my vehicles to do what they are designed to do because I’ve kept them running like new.

  • First let me correct you the hyundai is 197 BHP round off to 200 hP, the sentra is 188 BhP round off to 190 HP, just a 10 hp difference. nissan 1.6 DIG-T have been making 215 HP for over 4 to 3 years now in the JUKE RS. As I say the 190 HP engine has a over bost function that the engine push around 210HP when you step in the accelerator, something hyundai does not have.

  • smartacus

    but that just makes it worse.
    They couldn’t find an extra 10HP??
    Were they afraid of it grenading?

  • why they need to? if the engine can do it in overboost, why you need 10 more? why would they be afraid the juke already make 215 HP the renault clio that uses the same engine make 220 HP and with over boost on and extra 20HP. why honda do not just put their civc to 200Hp, if that the case?

  • smartacus

    nah, i don’t buy that.
    i don’t go for the “you don’t need more horsepower” excuse.
    Other people are making 200HP from their 1.6T without having to resort to overboost.

  • nare you blind i said they already make 215 Hp in the juke rs with out over boost, and in over boost 230-235 HP

  • smartacus

    i don’t like the sound of that either.
    They can make more power, but they are making more horsepower?
    They can make more horsepower but you don’t need more horsepower?

    That’s like saying they can make more horsepower, but they are making more horsepower, but you don’t need more horsepower.

  • no they are saying we give you 190 horsepower up front, and reserve 20 HP and 14 lb ft, and when needed, the ECU ( computer) will give you a extra 15-20 hP and a extra 14 lb ft torque.

  • smartacus

    so then why aren’t they just giving 200HP up front instead of some HP in this pocket and some more HP in the other pocket?
    Why not just give the full beans 200HP ?
    because they don’t need all that horsepower.

  • well the renault clio sport that uses the nissan 1.6 DIG-T engine also have the same function, it give up front 220 HP and reserve 20 Hp and reserve an extra 14 lbft, to be honest the clio over boost does not come in until it is switch in to fourth gear maybe because it lighter build speed quicker, in the 6 speed manual , the juke nismo rs, I have no idea maybe third speed, as nissan does not disclose when it comes into effect.

  • smartacus

    why is the Nissan Sentra hamstrung by needing more fuel economy?

  • lets be fair honda did the same with the 1.5 liter turbo.

  • smartacus

    would it have killed them to bump it up 10HP?