Nissan's compact Sentra sedan appears ready to get the Nismo treatment, which means sporty looks, more power and better handling.
Spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end. The model appears similar to the Sentra Nismo concept Nissan showed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
At the time, Nissan called the concept a "performance study." But the appearance of the Sentra Nismo signals Nissan wants to pump up sales in the compact market and counter high-performance variants of the Ford Focus and Honda Civic.
The Sentra won't be the first small vehicle that Nissan has engineered under the Nismo performance line. The Juke Nismo debuted in 2013 with about 100 components separate from the standard Juke.
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