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SENTRA TURBO NISMO MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is all about NISMO (Nissan Motorsport or, in other words, the in-house tuning and performance division) in the 2017 Nissan Sentra turbo model. The NISMO influence is evident in its front and rear fascias with signature red stripe, rear spoiler, front grille, LED daytime running lights and side sills, exhaust tip, tuned suspension and steering, front seats with logo, chrome door handles and trunk finisher, leather shifter, instrument meter cluster and more.
The 1.6-liter direct-injection gas turbo and inter-cooled inline-4 cylinder engine offers 188 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 170 pounds-feet of torque @ 1600 rpm. Our test drive was mated to a sprightly 6-speed manual.
Boomerang-shaped projector LED headlights flank the layered double wing V-motion grille to portray an aggressive look in the factory-tuned performance car. Same goes for the interior with red accents on Alcantara and leather steering wheel, push button start, leather shifter and embroidered carpets, and dark headliner. Standard amenities include a/c, six-way adjustable driver seat, tilt/telescopic steering column, 60/40 split fold rear seat, heated front seats, and power door locks and windows. The 5-inch Advanced Drive-Assist, located between tachometer and speedometer, displays text, navigation and audio information in driver view. Trunk space is an admirable 15.1 cubic feet.
Dual front and side airbags, side airbag curtain for both rows, vehicle dynamic and traction control systems, front and rear crumple zones, four-wheel antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, three-point front seat belts with pretensioners, rearview camera and daytime running lights are standard.
Base-priced at $25,855, the Sentra turbo NISMO is nimble, fun, affordable, fuel efficient, sporty and a blast to drive. If you like some vim and vigor in your sedan, this rev-happy ride is for you.

SENTRA TURBO

Tires: 215/45ZR18
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 183.6 inches
Weight: 3,037 pounds
Suspension: strut front, torsion beam rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gallons
City: 26 mpg
Highway: 32 mpg
Web site: www.nissanusa.com 

CALLING ALL NISSAN DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com