Nissan is making plans to take its Rogue lineup into new territory. The automaker is looking into debuting a hybrid version in 2016 as well as a new crossover version in the U.S. The entry priced Rogue Select is also set to get an even lower starting price.
Rogue sales are hot in the U.S. right now. So much so that Nissan is having its Kyushu plant in Japan ship over 100,000 more Rogues per year starting in 2016. This will expand the amount of Rogues available to be sold to be over 300,000 a year.
“We haven’t hit the ceiling yet. We have more opportunity there if we can get our dealers more,” says Fred Diaz, Nissan senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, to Automotive News.
With the Rogue being one of Nissans top sellers, the automakers has decided to capitalize on it in another way be reportedly making plans to debut a hybrid version for 2016. No official details have been released yet on what a hybrid version would entail. However, it is likely that it will feature a similar powertrain as the Pathfinder Hybrid.
It is interesting that Nissan might be trying its luck with hybrids again after the lack of consumer interest in the Pathfinder Hybrid that caused Nissan to drop the car after just over a year of sales from October 2013 to January of this year.
The compact crossover version of the Rogue that Nissan is planning to introduce to the U.S. is called the Qashqai and is currently a popular European model. It is built off the same architecture as the Rogue, but is 10-inches shorter with a two-inch shorter wheelbase.
The smaller Qashqai will be a more fuel efficient version of the Rogue with less cargo room and a more stylized rear. No details about pricing or powertrain yet, but the European version packs a 1.6-liter gas engine with an estimated 53 U.S. mpg.
The Rogue Select is expected to get a further price reduction. It currently starts $2,890 less than the base model Rogue, but it will now also fall in with the Qashqai.
The popular 2015 Rogue starts at $23,040 and packs 179 horsepower generated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It gets an estimated 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg city. It also is ready for any rogue adventure with up to 70 cubic feet of cargo space.
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