Nissan Rogue Will Get Smaller Variant and a Hybrid
The second-generation 2014 Nissan Rogue has been selling like hotcakes in its second year on the market, and that’s enough for Nissan to plan some big changes to the mid-size crossover. When launched for the 2014 model year, the new Rogue gave Nissan a stylish and spacious CUV that could seat up to seven, but it sounds like Nissan dealerships will soon be getting a couple of new versions of the popular crossover.
According to Automotive News, the three-row Rogue will eventually be joined by the European-spec 2015 Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai already stands as a smaller form of the 2015 Nissan X-Trail, which is the European version of the Rogue. The new Rogue is taller, longer, wider and significantly heavier than the first-gen Rogue, so it sounds like the Qashqai would come to the U.S. as a scaled-down crossover to compete against the 2014 Ford Escape and 2016 Honda CR-V. Looking at the Qashqai, it has a similar – if not bolder – styling than the new Rogue, but it isn’t as polarizing as Nissan’s current compact crossover, the 2015 Nissan Juke.
It’s not clear when Nissan plans to offer this smaller crossover in its U.S. lineup, but it will be adding a new Rogue Hybrid in 2016. This version of the Rogue was pretty much expected, following the announcement of the X-Trail Hybrid back in April. The good news is that the X-Trail Hybrid will carry a fuel economy rating of about 48 mpg, although this uses the Japanese driving cycle, which doesn’t equally convert to the U.S. EPA cycle. Even though it wouldn’t carry the same rating in the U.S., it should still boast impressive numbers. And this should come as good news for hybrid fans, since Nissan just recently dropped its only hybrid, the Pathfinder Hybrid.
Finally, after all of the new models join the Rogue lineup, Nissan will finally drop the Rogue Select, which is a carryover model of the first-gen Rogue standing as a smaller and lower-priced alternative.
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Why it matters
For Nissan, adding the three-row version of the second-gen Rogue allowed the mid-size crossover to attract even more buyers in this popular segment, but the bigger dimensions also opened up space for a much-needed compact crossover. Adding a smaller, compact Rogue and a new Rogue Hybrid should only make Nissan’s popular crossover even hotter.
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Source: Automotive News