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5 Things To Note About The 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo

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For the 2017 model year, Nissan is upgrading its Sentra Sedan through the work of its in-house tuner, Nismo. This was introduced ahead of the planned launching at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Nismo-tuned Sentra based on a source:

1. Concept form Was Previewed In 2013

Back during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan gave us a glimpse of the concept form for the Nissan Sentra Nismo. The problem is, this production version missed out on what the concept has boasted about—240 horsepower. Instead, this Nismo-tuned Sentra will be founded on the Sentra SR Turbo’s setup, which is only good for 188 horsepower.

This will be paired with a front-axle drive and either a 6-speed manual or CVT.

2. “Sporty” Feel Was Fine Tuned

Where Nissan focused was on making sure that the car has a sporty feel to it. Its engineers enhanced the Sentra Nismo’s performance based on aerodynamics, body reinforcements and suspension tuning. They also added some features interior-wise to add to that sporty feel.

3. Chassis Was Adjusted For Sturdier Feel

The Sentra Nismo now has a chassis that has monotube rear dampers and unique tuning on the front springs and struts. They also added stabilizer bars at the front and rear for sturdier driving. The car’s electronic power steering is also fitted with Nismo calibrations for a sportier feel.

4. Nismo Red Accents Were Added In The Exterior

Nissan wants the Nismo to appeal to sporty individuals. As such, they have to tweak the exterior a little bit by making it more aggressive. The Nismo body kit includes Nismo’s signature red accents. It also has 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport and 11-inch housing ventilated brake discs at both ends.

The Sentra Nismo comes in four colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black and Aspen White.

5. Interior Receives A Special Treatment

Inside the Sentra Nismo, there are Nismo logos and extra-bolstered seats with red stitching. The sportier steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and leather trim. Completing the “special treatment” is a dark headliner and Nismo logo on the instrument panel.

The interior color is charcoal with red accents.

Nissan Releases US Pricing For 2017 GT-R Nismo

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Nissan has released a US pricing of $174,990 for the new 2017 GT-R Nismo during its North American debut at the Japanese Classic Car Show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

The JCCS, an annual gathering, is the largest one of Japanese heritage enthusiasts in the country. It attracts nearly 400 private heritage cars and more than 7,000 spectators.

The GT-R Nismo is now on sale at certified Nissan dealers nationwide. The premium model, on the other hand, started sale early this summer.

The GT-R Nismo is now available for the third straight year, and it continues to deliver supercar dynamics with advanced aerodynamics and precise handling. Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, developed the GT-R Nismo. The model is available in very limited numbers in North America.

The GT-R Nismo for this model year is characterized by a new look inside and out, including driving performance enhancements. The GT-R Premium will be sold for $109,990 while the GT-R Nismo can be bought for $174,990. Destination and handling will be $1,595.

Michael Bunce, vice president for product planning of Nissan North America, said the Nissan GT-R’s performance was “honed, tuned and developed” at the Nürburgring race course last spring.

The 2017 GT-R Nismo has a new “V-motion” grille, which is one of Nissan’s latest design signatures, was enlarged for better engine cooling. It also now features a matte chrome finish, an updated mesh pattern, and a new hood with pronounced character lines that flow from the grille. This same hood was enhanced for high speed driving.

Unique to the Nismo are the carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, black outside mirrors with red stripe, and carbon fiber side sills and emblem. The rear spoiler is made of carbon and has a special coating for the carbon fiber weave style. This material allows for a lightweight feel with strong characteristics.

US Pricing For 2017 Nissan Altima Announced

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An artistic shot of the new Nissan Altima.

Nissan has revealed the US pricing for its 2017 Altima, which is now on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide. It has a starting price of MSRP $22,500. The car is worth the same as the 2016 Altima 2.5 model. The figures released by the company are suggested retail prices, and do not include other fees and charges that the distributor might add.

According to reports, Altima remains to be Nissan’s most popular vehicle, leading sales in 2016 until August of this year. It has distributed 333,000 units last year, and more are expected in the coming months.

The 2017 Nissan Altima has seven models you can choose from. These are the 2.5 ($22,000), 2.5 S ($22,900), 2.5 SR ($24,470), 2.5 SV ($25,460), 2.5 SL ($28,570), 3.5 SR ($27,990), and 3.5 SL ($32,690) models. The five 2.5-liter models can produce a total of 182 horsepower, and has a 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine. The 3.5-liter models, on the other hand, can offer up to 270 horsepower on its 3.5-liter DOHC V6. All of the 2017 Altima models will come with an advanced Xtronic transmission.

Fuel economy in the 2017 Altima is on a soar again, and this will be evident once reviews come in. It has a standard fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon highway for the Altima 2.5-liter engine equipped models. That’s a full six miles advantage over the leading competitive model in the segment.

The features that are exclusive to the Nissan Altima models are: Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Easy-fill Tire Alert and NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats. As for safety shield technologies, Nissan is boasting of its Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Cruise Control to Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

In terms of infotainment system, the new Nissan Altima has 7.0-inch displays, Siri Eyes Free (standard on all except the 2.5), NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps and NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® telematics (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Debuts In Miami

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The new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo made its world debut at the 46th annual Miami International Auto Show, which ran from September 10 to 18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Aside from the SR Turbo, the 2017 Nissan Rogue also made its debut.

The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo packs a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) turbocharged engine that delivers a 50-percent horsepower increase from the normally aspirated 1.8-liter Sentra SR powerplant. In total, it has a capacity of 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, which are 64 more horsepower and 52 more lb-ft of torque than non-turbo Nissan grades.

Because of the increase in power and torque, the SR Power needed an enhanced body structure, revised steering system, larger front disc brakes, new 6-speed manual or Xtronic transmission with manual mode, and unique suspension tuning. What comes from this combination are improved acceleration, improved handling, and enhanced ride comfort.

Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, said the SR Power was specifically designed for those who want all the attributes of a traditional sedan, but also wants to experience turbo performance. It builds upon the redesigned Sentra with 50 percent more power and 40 percent more torque.

All Sentra SR models will have the following features: LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, and unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires.

Inside, Sentra SR has sport interior trim, premium sport cloth seats, driver’s seatback pocket, heated front seats, a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD), and standard Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition.

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo also has a standard power sliding glass moonroof and SR Turbo badging while the SR Turbo Premium Package, the only option package available with the SR Turbo, includes Blind Spot Warning (BSW)2, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2, leather-appointed seating, and Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers.

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Debuted In Miami


The new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo made its world debut at the 46th annual Miami International Auto Show, which runs from September 10 to 18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Aside from the SR Turbo, the 2017 Nissan Rogue also made its debut.

According to the company press release, the SR Turbo packs a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) turbocharged engine that delivers a 50-percent horsepower increase from the normally aspirated 1.8-liter Sentra SR powerplant. In total, it has a capacity of 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, which are 64 more horsepower and 52 more lb-ft of torque than non-turbo Nissan grades.

Because of the increase in power and torque, the SR Power needed an enhanced body structure, revised steering system, larger front disc brakes, new 6-speed manual or Xtronic transmission with manual mode, and unique suspension tuning. What comes from this combination are improved acceleration, improved handling, and enhanced ride comfort.

Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, said the SR Power was specifically designed for those who want all the attributes of a traditional sedan, but also wants to experience turbo performance. It builds upon the redesigned Sentra with 50 percent more power and 40 percent more torque.

All Sentra SR models will have the following features: LED low beam projector headlights with LED accents, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, and unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires.

Inside, Sentra SR has sport interior trim, premium sport cloth seats, driver’s seatback pocket, heated front seats, a 5.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD), and standard Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition.

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo also has a standard power sliding glass moonroof and SR Turbo badging while the SR Turbo Premium Package, the only option package available with the SR Turbo, includes Blind Spot Warning (BSW)2, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2, leather-appointed seating, and Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers.

2016 Nissan Titan XD Marks Major Update For The Pickup

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Nissan has finally updated its Titan pickup, which was first introduced back in 2004. The second generation full-size pickup truck will bridge the gap between the half-ton Titan and the heavy-duty contenders from Ford, GM and Ram.

Based on a report, the Nissan Titan XD has an all-new reinforced and strengthened body plus the highly coveted 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel that can produce 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 555 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. It can lug around 12,640 pounds on the integrated gooseneck hitch, plus the weight of the truck and the passengers in Single Cab form.

The engine is paired with a heavy-duty six-speed Aisin automatic transmission with manual shift controls.

The Cummins diesel is 20 percent better in terms of fuel economy than a gasoline-powered V-8 with full loads. It has a rating of 15.8 mpg city, 20.8 mpg highway, and 17.7 mpg combined.

The Titan XD is also offering a revised, 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. It produces 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It comes with a new, seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.

The standard Titan, on the other hand, will be offered in either a V-6 or V-8 gasoline engine. There are no details yet about the V-6 engine.

In terms of exterior, Nissan completely diverted from the 2016 Titan XD since only the corporate grille and the side mirrors have been brought to this new truck.

The 2017 Titan XD has a bolder and wider stance, thanks largely to its sculpted fenders at the front and rear. There’s also the equally huge front fascia that sports a chrome mesh grille with the name “TITAN” embossed across the top.

Wheels are optional in 17, 18 and 20 inches, but all are wrapped in LT-series tires. To make it easier to step up into the bed, Nissan also incorporated the side running boards to extend past the cab.

New Nissan BladeGlider Edges Close To Production

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We had a sighting of the new Nissan BladeGlider, which, contrary to how we met it before in its concept form, is a little close to being production legible. Notice how the form is a little neutered? It’s still not anywhere near a production car, but it looks like Nissan is proving its promise to bring the BladeGlider to showrooms.

Originally introduced during the 2013 Tokyo show concept, the car was so out-of-this-world that we deem it impossible to see a production version anytime soon. For now, it’s dubbed as the BladeGlider v2, an “advanced prototype.”

The differences between the original concept and this one made us think it’s possible to see these with licensed plates soon. After all, Nissan made sure the front and rear widths are less disparate, though still at “odds” with each other. The widths are, of course, inspired by DeltaWing badge.

The BladeGlider is being described by a source as an electric car for car lovers, with specs that definitely prove such claims. It’s a rear-wheel-only drive, each one having its own 130kW motor. The total system output is 264 bhp and 521 lb. ft. Not bad at all for an electric car.

It weighs around 1,300 kg, which is a lot in terms of racing car specs. Remember, though, that the BladeGlider also packs batteries. In terms of sizing, the BladeGlider should compete with the likes of Ford Focus (in terms of length, width and wheelbase) or the Nissan electric Leaf.

The car is powered with a mixture of two motors via torque vectoring. It has three modes—off, agile and drift. There are no details yet regarding powersliding, though we can only imagine how that would feel with the BladeGlider.

Britain’s Williams Advanced Engineering will provide the powertrain, which has a top speed of 118mph, and takes 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

Two of the BladeGliders are on their way to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. Let’s see how the reactions will turn this advanced concept into a production version.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Gets Facelift and More

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Nissan just announced the new 2017 Pathfinder, the fourth-generation of the model the Japanese automaker has routinely forgot to update over the years.
Aside from a facelift, the Pathfinder also has a new 3.5-liter engine, more power, new front and rear fascias, updated technology, and a bump in towing capacity based on a report.
Details for the exterior look of the Pathfinder include a set of redesigned headlamps that comes with new lens layout and a refined bottom edge that has a zigzag to it. The fog light bezels are a little higher and more upright while the air dam isn’t as wide as before.
As for the hood, it now has a sharper drop as compared to the smoother curve of the current Pathfinder.
The side profile remains the same, except for new sideview mirrors.
Inside, not much has changed, though the Pathfinder’s interior remains to be our favorite, thanks to how inviting it has always seem with its simplistic and functional design.
Nissan claims the center console has been redesigned but we found nothing except for the standalone cup holders. What’s certainly new in the Pathfinder’s interior is the infotainment display with an 8-inch screen with improved human-machine interface.
Other additions include the SirriusXM radio capability, Bluetooth connectivity, updated instrument cluster with driver assistance and infotainment functions, and HD interior microphone.
The biggest change is the 3.5-liter V-6-like engine found in the 2016 Pathfinder and older models. It can produce 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels through Nissan’s third-gen Xtronic CVT transmission with D-Step logic control.
Nissan has yet to announce pricing details but based on the current range, the 2017 Pathfinder will start at $30,900 for the base model and up to $43,000 for the range-topping Platinum trim.
Check out the photos of the new Nissan Pathfinder in the gallery below:

Video: Japanese Police Gets The Nissan 370Z

There seems to be a pervading trend now among the governments of first-world nations: use sports car as the official livery of the country’s police force.

Just recently, Nissan handed over three of its 370Z to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to show they are supporting the men and women in service of Tokyo, Japan.

The cars are all decked out in black-and-white regalia, complete with flashing lights and all the livery worthy of a police car. If one looks at the cars closely, they can also notice the Nissan badge at the front was replaced by the Tokyo police force’s shield.

Especially prepared by Nismo using the 370Z Nismo as donor, these three new police cars for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department will use Nissan’s familiar 3.7-liter V6 engine, based on a report. For these particular cars, the engine can deliver 350 horsepower.

Nissan provided the cars after the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department called on Japanese automakers to provide them with an “iconic car” that will help represent the department’s commitment to road safety in the city (and even in surrounding areas).

This was a similar strategy used by the UAE government, particularly Dubai, although things are quite different in that oil-rich country. For the Dubai Police Department, nothing short of the priciest sports cars can speak out against the deluge of high performance engines parading around the city every single day.

Exotic cars such as the Bugatti Veyron and the Porsche 918 Spyder make up the Dubai Police Department’s fleet.

Such a call from Japan (and even from Dubai) followed an announcement by Italy’s Carabinieri earlier this month that it has a handful of Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglios in its fleet.

Can you just imagine having a Bugatti for a police car? The Nissan 370Z is not in any way cheap, but the Bugatti, Porsche and Alfa Romeo are on totally different platforms.

2017 Nissan Micra Is Almost Ready To Roll

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Nissan is already on the testing phase for its fifth generation Micra, which should be due sometime next year. It might be under heavy camouflage and padding, but it should receive some dramatic design changes from the current model.

Sources are saying that the new Nissan Micra will be using the CMF B platform, which was developed within the Renault-Nissan alliance—also to be used on the next generation Nissan Juke. The new Micra will borrow some design cues from the Nissan Pulsar and the Nissan Sway concept that we saw at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the spy shots, the new Micra will be longer and the rear hatch has a new shape with more angle on it than the current model. The headlights will probably be longer, too, and less bug-eyed than before. It extends further into the front grille, which looks smaller. The front fascia, front grille and fog lights will likely be changed too.

We will be expecting the body itself to be wider below the waistline. Some changes will be made on the side skirts too. Overall, the new Micra should have a sportier look than its predecessor.

Inside, not much was photographed. The current Micra already has a pretty upscale interior for an economy car, so Nissan might not change so much in this department. There should be the same basic design—functional—with the basic center console and majority of the controls placed on the center stack.

The new Micra should be offering a range of three- or four-cylinder gasoline engines. The current model has a 1.2-liter engine that manages 78 horsepower for the base option and 97 horsepower for the high-end unit.

Currently, the Micra starts out at £7,995 for the base model. It climbs all the way to £15,115 for the range-topping Tekna trim with a 1.2-liter and a CVT transmission. The new Micra should be priced somewhere between $11,499 and $21,739.

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