Now in its second generation, the Rogue crossover continues to be one of Nissan’s most popular vehicles. For 2017, the Rogue has already received a refresh and it now boasts a new hybrid powertrain as an option.
To make the crossover even more appealing, Nissan decided to expand the Rogue range with the introduction of a smaller, sportier variant at the Detroit Auto Show.
Based on the European market Qashqai, the all-new Rogue Sport is 2.3 inches sorter than the larger Rogue, and 12.1 inches shorter overall. It’s almost just as wide as the standard Rogue, however, giving it a muscular stance.
With its shortened dimensions, the Rogue Sport may not be the most useful hauler of larger items, but it still offers about 61.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the rear seats are folded flat — not far off from the capacity offered in the larger Rogue.
Powering the Rogue Sport is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT. It boasts a multi-link independent suspension system in the rear, and stabilizer bars and twin-tube shocks front and back.
Nissan is aiming to give crossover shoppers a competitive price point with the Rogue Sport. It will be offered in three trim levels (S, SV, and SL), have front- or all-wheel drive, 10 color choices, and a host of packages and accessories to choose from.
Standard features on the base S model will include 16-inch tires with wheel covers, plus basic tech goodies like Hill Start Assist, Active Trace Control – a brake-based toque vectoring system, Active Engine Braking, and Active Ride Control. The SV trim level adds 17-inch alloys, keyless start, climate control, the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, and a power driver’s seat. The range-topping SL brings 19-inch alloys, leather seating, heated front seats, remote engine start, Nissan’s Around View Monitor, and NissanConnect with Navigation via the seven-inch touchscreen.
With a competitive price tag and sporty good looks, the Rogue Sport may be just want Nissan needs to continue its growth in the compact crossover segment. Considering that the crossover the Rogue Sport is based on is already a hot selling vehicle in Europe, this new compact crossover should perform well. And since the larger Rogue has already become Nissan’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S., the Rogue Sport should undoubtedly receive a warm reception when it arrives in showrooms.