The refreshed 2018 Nissan Sentra has been announced. The car which was a very boring car and was mainly thought as a commute vehicle only able to take you from one point to the other is now going to get its Nismo version which is going to make things a lot more fun. The 2018 version of the Sentra is getting updated with details added to both the inside and outside and also again addressing the powertrain variant as well.
There once was a fun to drive Sentra version dubbed the SE-R model, but sadly it did not manage to live up to the potential that it promised and was discounted in 2012 when the last model was made. Luckily, they are bringing in some more pep to the performance of the Nissan Sentra now with the Nismo update.
Nissan is happy to announce that with the current crop of Nismo vehicles, Nissan is joining that group via the entry of its Sentra model. This also makes it the first mainstream and affordable model which will receive this plate.
We have been waiting for a while to see Nissan do something like this and all the wait has been worthwhile when the pictures of the car dropped first. Now when we are getting closer to a viable release date we have a lot of things to talk about the model.
Potential Release Date for the 2018 Nissan Sentra
The model will probably be introduced in the late 2017 and we can see the 2018 Nissan Sentra then. The Nismo version is being offered at the same time or a few months after that, so it will probably be available by the start of 2018 model year.
The newest 2018 Nissan Sentra will probably cost at around $20,000 or maybe even less. But the Nismo update will raise the price rate to around $25,000 for each unit.
How does the Exterior for the 2018 Nissan Sentra Look?
The new 2018 Nissan Sentra model will follow the update that it got two years ago and expand on it using the cues taken from some other Nissan models. The car uses a “Energetic Flow” design language for its Altima, Murano and Maxima cars and so will it use it for the Sentra model as well. The biggest change will occur in the front end of the car. The grille will adopt a “V-Motion” grille design and boomerang-shaped headlights. The same shape will be used for the taillights but the back side ones will be connected via a chrome strip.
The introduced changes are going to account for a much more premium look for the newest Sentra model. The SR trim is a little bit different as it hosts some sporty details and it also rides on some 17-inch wheels. The Nismo cues have been introduced on this model from the concept car which was made in 2013 and introduced in LA. There are also specific Nismo touches in terms of color choices which will make the car instantly recognizable as well.
Interior Design and Changes
The inside of the 2018 Nissan Sentra is a perfect marriage of sporty details with usability and comfort. The motorsporty cues will not be hampered with the usability of the car and nor will it go the other way around. Somehow they have found a way to perfectly balance both of those things and it comes in strides for the forthcoming Nismo version as well.
Both the driver and the front passenger get some bolstered bucket seats covered in Alcantara and lined with offset red stitching, the rear bench for the Nismo version has the same kind of appointment as the standard Nismo has but is updated with the same kind of leather and stitching as the front. Further soft touch materials are added for the door panels and the instrument cluster. There is only going to be a single color combination offered for the inside and that is a charcoal with red accents offer.
Other features for the car include a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and leather, a shift knob also wrapped in leather, a Nismo-specific tachometer and speedometer, a 5.0-inch digital Advanced Drive-Assist Display and many more.
Powertrain Options and Specs
They decided not to update the existing powertrain for the 2018 Nissam Sentra. They actually went for an entirely unexpected approach and use a familiar engine as well. They have transferred the 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline four-cylinder previous seen in the Nissan Juke and the Sentra SR Turbo models and it is expected to provide the same kind of sporty performance here. It will probably get the same output of 188 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and 177 pound-feet of torque 1,600 rpm. The powertrain will be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.
0-60 mph Performance
With these kind of specifications given for the engine of the 2018 Nissan Sentra, its Nismo version will provide great acceleration. It will be in line with its closest competitors and will probably race to 0-60 mph in around 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph.
Fuel Economy Specifications
The base version of the 2018 Nissan Sentra and its Nismo model will have different fuel consumption ratings. The base version had an EPA specification of 29 mpg city, 37 highway, 32 combined but we predict those numbers to get a lot worse for the Nismo model. A performance car will probably go closer to a rate of 22/30/25 mpg, but it still places it in line with the rivaling cars which have a similar consumption rate.
The changes for the dimensions of the 2018 Nissam Sentra car will not be implicated. The same kind of numbers will be seen for this car as they were for the last one. The length of the car is
183.6 inches, with a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and a height of 58.9 inches and width of 69.3 inches. The same things goes for the passenger volume which stays pretty much the same.
Safety Systems and Rates
The base version of the 2018 Nissan Sentra is a pretty safe car but the Nismo takes it even further. A part of its basic setup is the Advanced Air Bag System which comes with dual-stage supplemental front airbags, side impact supplemental airbags, roof mounted curtain airbags, etc. The NHTSA and the IIHS testing agencies have yet to provide their crash test scores on this model but if we take a look at the previous ones that were made we can say that the overall “Good” rating and a “Top Safety Pick+” are probably a lock for this version.
List of Competing Cars
The return of the 2018 Nissan Sentra Nismo car is one that all of the fans of the automotive industry will like. But the competition might not share the same enthusiasm and nostalgia when seeing this car pumped up with the Nismo trim. The cars that we need to watch out for in the segment are the Honda Civic SI and Ford Focus ST version which are considered the closets rivaling cars.
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