Nissan’s Rogue goes into hybrid territory, the first U.S. spec VW Golf Alltrack arrives and new special editions from Chevrolet in this week’s Auto News in :60.
Nissan Launches 2017 Rogue Hybrid
Nissan is launching the first-ever Rogue hybrid. And it’s freshening up the whole 2017 Rogue lineup while it’s at it. The crossover is already a hot seller for Nissan. The automaker is on track to sell 300,000 of them this fiscal year, but knows enhancements are key to keep the game up against the competition.
The compact crossover receives a restyled front end with a new grille and led lights. New chrome touches at the base brighten the body. Upgraded taillamps and rear-bumper keep the back fresh. There’s also a new available motion-activated liftgate in the back, plus added safety technology.
The hybrid comes with an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 33 city and 35 highway mpgs. Knock one to two mpgs off for the all-wheel drive option.
The gas model will land in dealerships this October and the hybrid is due out later this year.
2017 VW Golf Attrack
The Alltrack is a derivative of the Golf SportWagen and adds body cladding and additional ground clearance. It will come as both an automatic and a manual. But the automatic rolls out first starting from just under $28,000. A lower-priced six-speed manual is due out later in the model year. It drops the price to around $26,000 (the same ballpark price as the Outback.)
The Alltrack’s 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine delivers 170-horses and 199 pound-feet of torque. You get four-wheel drive and an“Off-Road Mode” adds hill descent control and helps optimize traction control.
It arrives at dealers this October.
New Midnight Edition Tahoe and Suburban
Chevrolet is rolling out two more special edition SUVs.
The 2017 Suburban and Tahoe are joining the Midnight Edition family. Chevy already offers the black-out package on the Impala, Silverado, Colorado, Equinox and Trax.
The Midnight Edition Suburban and Tahoe comes as either a Z71 or LT. They go on sale later this year.
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