Nissan’s popular compact crossover gets a facelift

Now in its second generation, the Nissan Rogue has been doing remarkably well lately, with sales looking to dethrone the Altima in the Japanese automaker’s lineup. Now, Nissan is giving the Rogue a facelift, adding new styling, new technology, and most excitingly, a new hybrid powertrain option.

Let’s talk about the hybrid first. This is the first time the Rogue has received battery-powered assistance, pairing a lithium-ion juice-maker with a single 30-kW electric motor and 2.0-liter internal combustion engine. An Xtronic automatic transmission routes the output. Paired with FWD, the Rogue Hybrid manages an estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined.

If you prefer to go gas-only, you still get 170 horsepower from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Both the Hybrid and ICE-only variant are offered with either AWD or FWD.

Outside, you’ll find new styling, with plenty of tweaks to the front fascia. Customers get nine different paint choices, while 18-inch alloy wheels are offered as an available option.

There’s new styling inside as well, plus new materials throughout the three-row, seven-passenger cabin. Techy bits include navigation, Mobile Apps support, a 7.0-inch touch screen display, voice recognition, and Around View monitor. There are also available heated front seats.

Safety wise, the Rogue gets stuff like Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Departure Prevention, as well as available Forward Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Non-hybrid variants are offered in three trim levels (S, SV, and SL), while the Hybrid gets two trim levels (SV and SL).

Look for the refreshed Rogue to make its big public debut at the Miami International Auto Show.


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José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., today unveiled a major update to the 2017 Rogue compact SUV prior to its world debut this weekend at the Miami International Auto Show.

The new Rogue, which is projected to overtake the popular Altima sedan as Nissan’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S. market, features an extensive list of enhancements for the new model year – including revised exterior and interior styling, new convenience features such as an available Motion-Activated Liftgate, new available Nissan Safety Shield technologies and the first-ever Rogue Hybrid.

The new Rogue is the latest addition to Nissan’s "Year of the Truck," joining Armada, Pathfinder and the TITAN family of pickups.

"Following three straight years of consecutive growth, we project Rogue will approach 300,000 units in the current fiscal year, nearly doubling sales since 2012," said Muñoz. "For 2017, we’re turning up the heat on the competition with enhancements designed to keep Rogue at the top of compact SUV buyers’ wish lists."

Muñoz also spoke of Nissan’s strong presence in the critical Miami and Florida markets. Florida ranks third in total Nissan sales, behind number one California and closing in on second place Texas. Nissan’s 58 dealers in Florida employ more than 3,000 people in Florida, including more than 400 employees in the Miami area alone. The top selling models in Florida are Rogue, Altima and Sentra, in that order.

"Nissan is one of the top automotive brands with Hispanic buyers and multicultural buyers in general, fueling Nissan’s current strong sales growth nationwide," added Muñoz. "Sales to the Hispanic community represent a full 21 percent of Nissan’s total sales, well above the industry average."

The Hispanic population is projected to continue as the fastest growing segment in the country, growing from 16 percent of the population in 2010 to 24 percent by 2040. Nissan has been a longtime leader in Hispanic community outreach on both the local community and national levels. Programs supported by Nissan range from partnering with the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) National Service Centers to encourage Latino students pursuit of STEM programs, to a decade-long sponsorship of the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.

"Despite our success in the segment, we are accelerating our efforts to build authentic relationships with the Hispanic community. We’re pleased to be debuting the new Rogue here in Miami in the heart of this critical market," added Muñoz.

About the 2017 Nissan Rogue
The enhancements to the 2nd generation Rogue are highlighted by updated styling, convenience, technology and safety features. In addition, a new Rogue Hybrid, the first-ever hybrid powertrain for Rogue, will join the lineup in by the end of 2016.

Updated exterior features include a new, dynamic front end design with Nissan signature design cues, available Motion-Activated Liftgate. New available Safety Shield technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control1 and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.2.

Among the interior enhancements found in the 2017 Rogue are new interior materials and finishers, which provide a more premium look and feel throughout the roomy Rogue cabin. As in previous years, the 2017 Rogue offers optional 3-row/7-passenger seating, along with exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its innovative EZ Flex Seating System™ and Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System.

The new Rogue Hybrid utilizes a compact Lithium-ion battery and electric motor to provide supplementary power through its one-motor/two-clutch system. The Rogue Hybrid’s advanced 2.0-liter engine and 30kW electric motor, connected to the advanced Xtronic transmission, produces fuel economy3 of up to 33 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined (estimated) for front-wheel drive models.

Non-hybrid 2017 Rogue models are equipped with a responsive 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and Xtronic transmission. Both gasoline engine and hybrid powertrain-equipped Rogue models are available with an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system or front-wheel drive.

Available 2017 Rogue technology features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps, and Services, with 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, SiriusXM® Travel Link and SiriusXM® Traffic (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD)4, radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and the new-for-2017 Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

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