NASHVILLE -- Nissan will offer a turbocharged Sentra for 2017, using the 1.6-liter turbo powertrain from its sporty Juke to give the sedan more performance.
The new Sentra SR Turbo variant will reach showrooms in mid-October with a sticker of "under $22,000." The company has not revealed final pricing.
Nissan will use the direct-injection turbocharged 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 pounds-feet of torque. The output is 64 more hp and 52 more pounds-feet of torque than the 2017 nonturbo Sentra with a 1.8-liter engine.
The turbo version will come with a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual.
Nissan is somewhat late in offering a turbocharged affordable compact sedan. Honda's direct-facing Civic comes with a turbo. So does the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elantra.
White said the Sentra is selling well in the compact sedan segment, but noted that its success so far has come solely as a car with one engine option.