The facelifted Nissan Rogue a.k.a. X-Trail was not the only new model that was unveiled at the Miami Auto Show – Nissan also took the wraps off the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo in The Magic City. As its name suggests, the SR Turbo is a new variant of the US-market Nissan Sentra, which is also known as the Sylphy here.

The V-motion facelift for the Nissan Sentra surfaced in late 2015, with an unchanged naturally-aspirated 1.8 litre MRA8DE engine with 130 hp and 174 Nm, mated to an improved Xtronic CVT gearbox. The facelift has helped sales – the Sentra is Nissan’s third best selling vehicle in the US with sales up 11.2% this year (through August).

A further boost for the compact is here. The SR Turbo is powered by a 1.6 litre Direct Injection Gasoline turbo engine that pushes out 188 hp and 240 Nm of torque, a massive increase of shove from 200 cc less. The engine, which also powers the Juke in the US, can be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT auto with manual mode. By the way, this is not the first time the 1.6L DIG-T has gone in this sedan – Australia has had the Pulsar SSS since April 2015.


Nissan says that the range-topping Sentra also receives an enhanced body structure, revised steering system, larger front disc brakes and unique suspension tuning to help handle the increased power and torque. The result is improved acceleration from standing starts and highway passing, improved handling and enhanced ride comfort, it is claimed.

“The Sentra SR Turbo is designed for buyers who want all the attributes of traditional compact sedans but also desire some serious turbo performance. It’s truly the complete package for compact car buyers and enthusiasts alike,” said Michael Bunce, VP of product planning at Nissan North America. Are we looking at the new age Sentra SE-R?

Standard kit includes a power sliding glass moonroof and SR Turbo badging. The SR Turbo Premium Package, the only option pack, includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, leather seats and Bose audio with eight speakers. All SR-spec Sentras feature LED headlights, side skirts, rear spoiler with LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust tip, heated wing mirrors with LED turn signals, and 17-inch alloys.

Like what you see? We won’t be betting on a “Sylphy Turbo Facelift” to challenge the Civic Turbo here, though.