Nissan Takes Wraps Off 2017 Rogue Hybrid

Nissan chose the Miami Auto Show this past weekend for the world debut of the 2017 Rogue Hybrid and its gasoline counterpart crossover SUV.

In addition to the new gasoline-electric powertrain, the 2017 Rouge gets a freshened exterior and interior along with added features, and is expected to push aside the Altima sedan to become Nissan’s top-selling US model next year.

When the Rogue was unveiled, José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America said, “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. 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.”

The Rogue Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 141 horsepower with a 40 hp electric motor that’s powered by a lithium-ion battery. The one-motor/two-clutch design has a total system output of 176 hp.

Two trim levels will be offered, SV and SL. Front-wheel drive models will arrive first followed by all-wheel drive offerings.

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Rogue Hybrid front drive models are estimated to have an EPA fuel economy rating of 33-mpg city/ 35-mpg highway and 34-mpg combined. AWD models are estimated at 25/32/28.

For 2017, Nissan refreshed the exterior with the addition of the company’s V-motion grille flanked by new quad-element headlamps up front, while the backside receives new taillamps and a revised bumper.

Pure Drive badging on the front doors and liftgate distinguish Rogue Hybrid models.

Inside, the center console has been redesigned, and there’s a new flat-bottomed steering wheel along with new trim.

The Rogue’s safety equipment has been bolstered. Blind-spot warning is now standard, and adaptive cruise control is offered, as are lane departure warning and mitigation.

Unlike the standard Rogue, which is offered with five- and seven-passenger seating, the hybrid will only come with seating for five.

Hybrid cargo space is 61.4 cubic feet, just 0.2 cubic foot less than the normal model.

Official pricing has not been released, but Nissan said the Rogue Hybrid would arrive before the end of this year.