Nissan will take its Rogue into refined territory for 2017.
The automaker unveiled an upgraded version of its second-generation model at this year’s Miami Auto Show. It will get design upgrades and new standard features across the board, plus it will now be offered with an available hybrid powertrain.
The surge in crossover sales means Nissan picked a great time for upgrading. The model’s sales are up. It might pass the Altima for the number one slot at Nissan.
Design Tweaks and Upgrades
The Rogue’s upgraded looks start with a new front fascia design with Nissan’s V-motion grille and new quad-element headlamps with LED daytime running lights. New chrome touches at the base brighten the body. Upgraded taillamps and rear-bumper keep the back fresh.
A new flat-bottomed steering wheel, trim touches on the doors and instrument panels, new shift-knob, revised center console and lid, upgraded seat fabric, and remote start show off the interior updates. Drivers can add a heated steering wheel and driver seat/mirror memory.
Gas and Hybrid Powertrains
The standard gas Rogue carries a 2.5-liter engine with 170-horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The engine pairs with Xtronic automatic transmission. Drivers choose between Eco and Sport modes for a custom handling feel. Fuel economy estimates are 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. All-wheel drive knocks off 1 mpg.
The new hybrid uses a 2.0-liter engine paired with a compact lithium-ion battery that tucks under the rear cargo area. (Cargo room does shrink a little with the hybrid.) When you combine the gas and electric motor you get 176-horses and 118 lb-ft of torque. A net of 6 horses over the standard gas model.
The hybrid powertrain uses a unique one-motor two-clutch control system. Two-clutch control consists of one clutch between the gas engine and electric motor with a second between the motor and transmission.
The hybrid model gets a Nissan projected fuel EPA-fuel rating of 33 city and 35 highway mpg. Knock one to two mpg ratings off for the all-wheel drive option. The Intelligent Regenerative Braking system keeps the battery charged. Fuel efficiency also comes from an Idle Start/Stop system.
The gas model should arrive in dealerships in October. The hybrid will join before the year ends.