Nissan Sentra gets a Juke turbo
The Sentra SR Turbo variant will reach showrooms in mid-October with a sticker of under $22,000.
NASHVILLE — Nissan will join a growing field of automakers with turbocharged affordable compact sedans by offering a direct-injection turbo Sentra for 2017.
Nissan unveiled its new Sentra SR Turbo variant Saturday during the Miami auto show, saying it will reach showrooms in mid-October.
The move will use the sporty Nissan Juke’s peppy 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to broaden the Sentra’s appeal, said Brandon White, director of marketing for the Sentra, Versa, Juke and Quest.
The SR Turbo claims 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The output is 64 more hp and 52 more lb-ft of torque than non-turbo Sentra with a 1.8-liter engine.
Honda’s direct-facing Civic comes with a turbocharged engine. So does the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elantra.
The turbo version will come with either a continuously-variable transmission or a six-speed manual.
White said that a performance-oriented turbo variation allows Nissan to reach a larger spectrum of consumers.
Sentra sales fell 9 percent in August to 14,256, but the nameplate is up 11 percent for the year to date, with 155,806 sales.
“We’ve done very well with our Sentra,” White said in an interview before the event. “We will see about a 15 percent year over year sales increase this year. And we’ve done all that with only a base Sentra.
“As we look at the opportunity, we see that the Sentra SR Turbo will be the model that expands our opportunity.”
“If you want to grow, you have to offer variation,” White said. “And people want a little more performance.”