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Nissan Sentra gets NISMO-ed

By CARSIFU | 16 November 2016


LOS ANGELES: Nissan has kicked off its slate of new product debuts at the 2016 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. Nissan moves into the Los Angeles Convention Center today for an action-packed reveal of the new Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model.

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At the heart of the new Sentra NISMO is a 1.6-litre Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged engine rated at 188hp and 240Nm 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," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.

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.

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Bunce said the Sentra NISMO is expected to have an estimated starting price of under US$25,000 (RM109,000) when it arrives in January, adding that it "is going to be very popular here in southern California and around the United States."

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.

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