Nissan displays 2017 Sentra NISMO at the 2016 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 16, 2016

A few days before the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show finally kicks off, Nissan is previewing its event lineup with an off-site display of its 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO in the downtown area. Yes, the Nissan Sentra now has a NISMO variant.

It was nearly five years ago when a sporty version of the Sentra hit the market. This version was the Sentra SE-R. Moving forward to this day, the Sentra NISMO is the latest in Nissan’s compact performance sedans, bringing with it the motorsports-inspired NISMO factory-tuned performance. Further increasing the appeal of the Sentra NISMO is the fact that it is available at less than $25,000 when it arrives in January 2017.

So, there you have it, an inexpensive, practical car with a sporty personality and a few twists. Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, remarked that the Sentra NISMO would be popular in Southern California and around the United States, given its performance specs without the hefty price. Of course, the 2017 Nissan Sentra is offered in other grade levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL.

So, what can we expect from the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO? Of course, the first thing to consider in a sporty car is its engine. Right at the heart of the Sentra NISMO is a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged engine that could provide 188 hp of output and 177 lb-ft of torque and is mated to six-speed manual transmission or an advanced, tuned Xtronic gearbox, which is Nissan’s term for a continuously variable transmission.

Enforcing the NISMO tag of this Nissan Sentra is a number of sporty elements like a rear "layered double wing" design on the bottom of the front end, as well as side skirts, a revised rear end and a rear spoiler. Also noticeable are its contrasting red accent stripes as well as 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. The Sentra NISMO also features a NISMO-tuned suspension with monotube rear dampers and updated struts and springs at the front.

Ride height is now lower by 0.4 inches. Stopping power comes courtesy of 11.7-inch vented disc brakes on the front and 11.5-inch discs at the rear. Inside, the Sentra NISMO features a bespoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with Alcantara, a red tachometer, and NISMO carpets. Steering is made easier with an Electric Power Steering system.

At the 2017 LA Auto Show, the new 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO will be displayed alongside other Nissan vehicles like the 2017 Versa Note, the 2017 JUKE Black Pearl Edition and the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. The Nissan exhibit will be located in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention. The show is scheduled to be on November 18 to 27.

Press Release

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO makes world debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

Nissan today kicked off its slate of new product debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a preview of the new 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO in downtown Los Angeles. The off-site event displayed the latest member of the motorsports-inspired NISMO lineup against a backdrop of classic Nissan and Datsun performance vehicles and where it is most at home – on the street. Tomorrow Nissan moves into the Los Angeles Convention Center for an action-packed reveal of the new Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model.

"For 2017, we're bringing new excitement to Sentra with the Sentra NISMO, which brings driving enthusiasts aftermarket tuner-style performance straight from the factory," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "With an estimated starting price of under $25,000 when it arrives in January, Sentra NISMO is going to be very popular here in Southern California and around the U.S."

At the heart of the new Sentra NISMO is a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) turbocharged engine rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. 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.

"It's important to offer a 6-speed manual transmission with the new Sentra NISMO, both to reinforce its pure performance credentials and to up the direct engagement factor between driver and the vehicle," added Bunce.

In addition to the new Sentra NISMO, the 2017 Sentra is offered in five other grade levels: Sentra S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL. For full information on Sentra NISMO and the entire Sentra lineup, please visit

The new Sentra NISMO, 2017 Versa Note, 2017 JUKE Black Pearl Edition and Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition – along with the complete Nissan model lineup – will be on display at the show in the Nissan exhibit, which is located in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show runs from Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 27.

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