• The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Is Semi-Autonomous But Still Only With An N/A Engine

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Is Available With Some Unusually Interesting Safety Gear

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Apart from the Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition Package, Nissan showcased the 2020 Rogue Sport at the dawn of the 2019 Chicago Motor Show. The exceptionally successful small compact SUV has been slightly updated inside out with Nissan especially focusing on safety. Considering that Kia revealed the new Sportage at the show and gifted it with all kinds of safety gear, I can only say that the compact crossover segment is really evolving. All new cars from the segment are exceptionally well endowed with all kind of safety gear. With a bit of markup though, the new 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport easily surpasses the rest. You can have the small and fairly cheap 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport with a freaking ProPILOT Assist system (a semi-autonomous driving system). True, the tech was available on the European Qashqai (the Rogue Sport for the Old Continent) before, and for the U.S. in the Rogue. Nevertheless, with it in the Rogue Sport, I am rather confident that the tech will be scaled down to basically all Nissan cars.

Safety Features Are Considerably Improved For The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Is Semi-Autonomous But Still Only With An N/A Engine
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Redesigns or facelifts aren’t that exciting. Well, they can be if the car is rubbish, but the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport isn’t that. At all. Yet, Nissan does not seem to pay much attention to the public outcry. The one thing many wanted in their Rogue Sport is a more powerful engine. Guess what, Nissan did not do anything to make this possible.

The 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated, gasoline, four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower remained the staple of the Rogue Sport.

I’d imagine a 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine with 200ish horsepower a far better proposition here. That raspy engine from the Juke R, for example. Despite this, the 2020 Nissan Rogue did get a few interesting improvements.

First of all, Nissan focused on picking up its safety attributes to a whole another level. The same thing that Hyundai did with the Tucson and now Kia with the Sportage basically. So, from now on the Rogue Sport will come as standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
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It is quite impressive really, especially linked with, now standard, Rear Door Alert system.

This system monitors when the rear door is opened and closed and warns the driver to check for any article on the rear seat when the transmission is set to park after the drive. It can go that far to warn you with a horn if you get out of the car without acknowledging it with a press on the button on the steering wheel before leaving the car. It can be turned off, obviously.

Definitely A Better Looking Crossover

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Is Semi-Autonomous But Still Only With An N/A Engine
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At first glance, the styling changes on the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport do not seem to be that massive, but I find this one just the right amount better looking compared to the pre-facelift model.

It is a sleeker crossover for sure. Not Mazda sleek, but rather on-point nonetheless.

Look closely at the front and you can see a new hood, a new V-motion grille, and a new bumper. Nissan designers slightly redesigned the back of the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport with gentle changes on the taillights and the bumper. Add to this massive 19-inch wheels and a new Nitro Lime Metallic finish to get yourself a cool modern crossover. One of the least powerful ones though.

Nevertheless, it is still available as a 2WD or an AWD machine. All of them are linked with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Although we do not have official data about fuel efficiency, I can assume that the Rogue Sport will return about 28-29 mpg combined.

Further reading

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport.

2017 Nissan Rogue High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Rogue.

Safet Satara
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The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport receives a fresh new front end appearance for the 2020 model year, along with redesigned rear tail lamps, revised trim level and option package content. Set for sale in fall 2019, the 2020 Rogue Sport expands on the long list of enhancements for the 2019 model year – which included the addition of available ProPILOT Assist, Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, updated audio system with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and available Bose®1 Audio System with nine speakers.

“Our Rogue Sport is a critical vehicle in Nissan’s popular CUV lineup, slotted strategically between the Nissan Kicks and Rogue,” said Scott Shirley, vice president, CMM & Marketing Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re committed to keeping our crossover/SUV portfolio fresh – which also includes the redesigned Murano, new Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition and flagship Armada. Nissan is on a roll and we’re not letting up heading into 2020.”

Most prominent among the 2020 Rogue Sport refinements is the new exterior design that offers a more technical feel – helping provide a greater separation from its Nissan Rogue stable mate. The new front fascia features a new hood, Vmotion grille and bumper. The aggressive lighting treatment includes LED signature Daytime Running Lights.

In the rear, a new combination light design matches the more dynamic look of the front end. A new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design and two new colors, Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic, complete the exterior makeover.

The advanced Nissan Safety Shield 360, currently offered on SV and SL grades, will become standard on all 2020 Rogue Sport models including the base S grade. Part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy, Safety Shield 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA).

The innovative Rear Door Alert system will continue to be offered as part of Rogue Sport’s long list of standard features. In addition, ProPILOT Assist will again be available in 2020. ProPILOT Assist is a single-lane “hands-on” driving assistance technology that eases driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions, such as single-lane highway driving.2

The 2020 Rogue Sport will be offered in front-wheel and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive configurations, and in three well-equipped grade levels – S, SV and SL. It will again be powered by a combination of a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine and Xtronic transmission with Eco Mode switch.

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