Next week, SEMA 2023 is on the horizon, and Nissan is ready to provide a sneak peek at the cars it’s bringing to the Las Vegas show. Earlier this month, Nissan unveiled a unique Frontier truck designed for the NORRA 500 race in Mexico. This distinctive vehicle will be displayed at SEMA in the same rugged condition as it competed. Joining it will be another robust vehicle and a turbocharged sedan with inspiration drawn from race car aesthetics.
Let’s begin with the “Project Rugged Rogue,” where the term “rugged” is an integral part of its official name. This vehicle is based on the freshly updated 2024 Rogue platform and showcases a range of accessories that transform this family-oriented SUV into a capable off-road adventure machine. The stock Rogue has been substantially modified with Nismo off-road components, including a three-inch suspension lift kit, new wheels equipped with Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 tires, a custom exhaust system, and carbon fiber fender extensions with a rear spoiler. Enhancing its adventurous look are a front bumper guard with additional six-inch round lights, hood-mounted driving lights, and roof-mounted racks for kayaks and mountain bikes.
On the other hand, the Sentra DET concept tells a distinct story. It draws inspiration from the race cars used in the Sentra Cup, a single-model racing championship in Canada, with a U.S. round planned for 2024. The “DET” name signifies “Dual overhead cam, Electronic Fuel Injection, Turbo,” offering a glimpse beneath the hood at the heart of the vehicle. Nissan has equipped it with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This four-cylinder powerhouse boasts a new Garrett intercooler and turbocharger, a DeatschWerks in-tank fuel pump, AFCO radiator, McLeod lightweight flywheel clutch kit, and Manley pistons.
While precise performance figures are yet to be disclosed, Nissan has also provided the sedan with a limited-slip differential and upgraded brakes borrowed from the Nissan Z. Recaro front bucket seats add a sporty touch, and the car rides on 18×8.5-inch Nismo wheels fitted with Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD09 tires in a 245/40/18 size. Lastly, for improved air intake and a more distinctive engine note, a prototype Nismo cat-back exhaust system has been installed.