2017 Sentra SR Turbo, engine and features
The new 2017 Sentra SR Turbo is based on the SR model but features an 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine instead of the Sentra SR’s non-turbocharged 1.8-liter engine. It means it’s 50% more powerful than the standard Sentra SR.
The new Sentra comes with a six-speed manual transmission or with the Nissan’s continuously variable transmission. Sporty Sentras have always been popular, and so the CVT has been specially altered to suit the sport-subcompact SR Turbo.
Nissan’s next-generation Xtronic CVT increases fuel efficiency, provides smooth acceleration, and offers a seamless shifting experience. It guarantees the Sentra is always running in the right gear.
Presented at the Miami International Auto Show, the SR Turbo recalls the 1990s sport-compact version of the Sentra. Overall, Nissan injected some needed performance into the 2016 Sentra model.
The new Sentra comes in five versions
The latest Sentra debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2015. Its facelift included new front and rear bumpers, lights, hood, trunk and wheels to closer resemble the Maxima and Altima. The 2016 Nissan Sentra comes in five models: S, FE+ S, SV, SR, and SL.
Key features of the 2016 Sentra exterior are a new front fascia, grille, fenders, hood and signature boomerang-shaped headlights. The SR model originally featured a 1.8-liter engine but shifted to a turbocharged engine in the SR Turbo.
The change is most likely in response to Honda’s move to put the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine into the Civic series. It’s worth remembering Honda’s Civic Touring is one of Nissan’s Sentra main competitors.
2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo specs, price and release date
Another tweak was made to the electric power steering to provide a more balanced feeling between low-speed and high-speed driving. It has a larger steering motor, too.
The suspension features stiffer front springs and optimized dampers. The springs are 10% stiffer, while damping and rear shock damping received a 23% and 50% increase, respectively.
The front brakes are also larger to make sure the SR Turbo performs well in everything from stopping to accelerating and cornering. The standard 11-inch front brake rotors on the Sentra SR got replaced by vented 11.7-inch front rotors, complemented by 11.5-inch rear rotors.
In regards to the interior, the SR Turbo adds a moonroof as well as thicker front and rear glass to cut down on road noise. The center console got expanded, and it offers almost double the storage capacity the previous model provided.
If drivers get the SR Turbo Premium Package, the car will come with leather seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Bose sound system and blind spot monitoring. Nissan’s Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t include Apple CarPlay, but it has Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition.
A Nisan representative confirmed the 2017 Sentra SR Turbo will go on sale October 2016 and will have a base price of $23,000. For its part, the Sentra SR currently costs $20,410.