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Nissan branches out with Rogue Hybrid and punchy Sentra SR Turbo

Nissan branches out with Rogue...
Nissan has sharpened up the Rogue and Sentra 
Nissan has sharpened up the Rogue and Sentra 
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The refreshed Rogue has been given a hands free tailgate
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The refreshed Rogue has been given a hands free tailgate
The Rogue's cabin remains largely the same as before 
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The Rogue's cabin remains largely the same as before 
Although this is a hybrid, it's not capable of running as a pure EV
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Although this is a hybrid, it's not capable of running as a pure EV
The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter petrol engine with an electric motor
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The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter petrol engine with an electric motor
Nissan has sharpened up the Rogue and Sentra 
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Nissan has sharpened up the Rogue and Sentra 
The Rogue Hybrid returns impressive fuel efficiency figures for a big SUV
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The Rogue Hybrid returns impressive fuel efficiency figures for a big SUV
The Rogue Hybrid is identical inside to petrol cars, but it's smarter under the hood
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The Rogue Hybrid is identical inside to petrol cars, but it's smarter under the hood
As a family SUV, practicality is paramount
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As a family SUV, practicality is paramount
The Rogue draws on Nissan's recent concepts for inspiration
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The Rogue draws on Nissan's recent concepts for inspiration
The Rogue petrol is almost 20 percent less efficient than the hybrid 
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The Rogue petrol is almost 20 percent less efficient than the hybrid 
Nissan's corporate grille features prominently on the Rogue
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Nissan's corporate grille features prominently on the Rogue
The Rogue is very similar to the X-Trail sold worldwide
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The Rogue is very similar to the X-Trail sold worldwide
An under-bumper lets the boot be opened with a sweep of the leg
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An under-bumper lets the boot be opened with a sweep of the leg
The new Nissan Rogue SUV
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The new Nissan Rogue SUV
The Sentra SR Turbo injects a pinch of sportiness into the other plain sedan
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The Sentra SR Turbo injects a pinch of sportiness into the other plain sedan
The cabin is standard Nissan fare, save for the new six-speed gearbox between the seats
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The cabin is standard Nissan fare, save for the new six-speed gearbox between the seats
Nissan hopes to draw buyers in with generous standard equipment 
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Nissan hopes to draw buyers in with generous standard equipment 
The SR Turbo sits on unique 17 inch wheels
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The SR Turbo sits on unique 17 inch wheels
The Sentra SR Turbo has 64 more horsepower than its naturally aspirated stablemates 
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The Sentra SR Turbo has 64 more horsepower than its naturally aspirated stablemates 
A unique bodykit sets the Sentra apart
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A unique bodykit sets the Sentra apart
The Sentra SR Turbo will go up against the Hyundai Elantra Sport
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The Sentra SR Turbo will go up against the Hyundai Elantra Sport
The Sentra SR Turbo is still forced to wear Nissan's blingy grille
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The Sentra SR Turbo is still forced to wear Nissan's blingy grille
A bodykit makes the exterior match the turbo motor under the hood
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A bodykit makes the exterior match the turbo motor under the hood
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As emissions regulations get tighter, the number of hybrids on the road is increasing quickly. Rather than remaining the preserve of eco-warriors, hybrid technology has filtered into more mundane metal like the new Nissan Rogue, promising to meld big car practicality with small car running costs. Launched alongside a new, faster version of the Sentra, the Rogue Hybrid is almost 20 percent more efficient than its gasoline-fueled partner.

Refreshed Rogue

The Rogue petrol is almost 20 percent less efficient than the hybrid 
The Rogue petrol is almost 20 percent less efficient than the hybrid 

The Rogue will truck into 2017 with a fresh new face and a new hybrid option. Although the exterior tweaks are subtle, they bring the car into line with the styling direction previewed on the Sway and Gripz concepts launched last year. The grille has been made more prominent than before, and daytime running lights will help it stand out among the schoolyard carpark crush.

Power comes from a choice of two powertrains, one of which is a brand new hybrid option. With a compact lithium-ion battery stuffed under the boot floor and a 30-kW (40-hp) electric motor boosting the 105-kW (141-hp) four-cylinder petrol engine, combined fuel economy is an impressive 6.9 L/100 km (34 mpg).

Non-hybrids are powered by a 2.5-liter gasoline unit producing 127 kW (170 hp) of power and 237 Nm (175 lb-ft) of torque. As you'd expect, the pure gasoline Rogue returns a less impressive 8.1 L/100km (29 mpg) on the combined cycle in front-wheel drive form. Speccing all-wheel drive adds a bit of weight, and makes that fuel figure 0.3 L/100 km (1 mpg) worse.

Depending on the model chosen, the refreshed Rogue comes loaded with more driver assistance kit than before. Blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and auto-dipping high beam headlamps are all available, while a hands-free tailgate should make it easier to load the car up with an armful of shopping.

Sentra SR Turbo

The Sentra SR Turbo has 64 more horsepower than its naturally aspirated stablemates 
The Sentra SR Turbo has 64 more horsepower than its naturally aspirated stablemates 

It's not just hybrids that are multiplying rapidly, it seems everyone wants on in the performance game too. Hyundai has the Elantra Sport, and Volkswagen will sell you a hotter Jetta if the regular car is a bit bland. Now, Nissan has the Sentra SR Turbo, which injects a welcome hint of spice into an otherwise bland little sedan.

With 140 kW (188 hp) from its new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, the SR Turbo is 48 kW (64 hp) more powerful than its normally aspirated brethren. There's also a stiffer body structure, revised steering tuning, bigger front brakes and a new six-speed manual on the menu. To make sure passers-by don't miss the fact this is a turbo, Nissan has fitted a bodykit and unique 17-inch wheels.

"The Sentra SR Turbo is designed for buyers who want all the attributes of traditional compact sedans but also desire some serious turbo performance," said Nissan USA Product Planner Michael Bunce. "The SR Turbo builds upon the redesigned Sentra and adds 50 percent more horsepower and more than 40 percent more torque, as well as the upgrades where drivers will feel them."

Both the Sentra and Rogue made their debut at the Miami Auto Show, which runs until September 18.

Check out the Sentra SR Turbo in the video below.

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2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo makes world debut at Miami Auto Show

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