The Cross over SUVs segment is eyed by most major car makers and Japanese giant Nissan does not want to be left behind. The Nissan Rogue, a popular compact crossover SUV which debuted in 2007 is being set for a refresh. The 2017 Nissan Rogue does come with some notable enhancements that will help Nissan retain its grip on the segment. Since its debut it went several revamp and post 2013, it shares the same platform as its siblings X Trail. The 2017 Rogue model comes with a number of design changes, safety features and enhanced infotainment options.
2017 Nissan Rogue – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 2017 Nissan Rogue shares design from its European counterpart aka the Nissan Qashqai. The SUV crossover is going to be made available in enticing colors like Cayenne Red, Arctic Blue Metallic, Magnetic Black, Glacier White and Brilliant Silver. The model is likely to sport a redesigned and thinner front grille than its predecessor which looks somewhat sleeker. The new exterior LED lamps and enhanced aerodynamic look give the car a trendier appeal. The tail lights contain lots of chrome and they are also LED based. The 2017 Nissan Rogue is going to be sold in three trims namely S, SV, and SL. You get Two-row seating as standard and a third-row seat can be availed in S and SV trims.
The cabin of Nissan Rogue 2017 looks classy and stylish. The finish is not still on par with German rivals but it is getting better with time. There are oodles of soft-touch materials and the armrest is padded. The S trim offers remote keyless entry, rearview camera, height-adjustable driver seat, satellite and HD radio, six-speaker sound setup etc. Go up to the SV trim, you get NissanConnect, 17” alloy wheels, keyless ignition, automatic dual-zone climate control and rear privacy glass etc. The top of the line Rogue SL trim offers leather-wrapped telescopic steering wheel, power-operated liftgate, leather upholstered seats, eight-speaker Bose sound system and fog lights. The cargo space is adequate and with rear seat folded it trounced most rivals in this segment. Along with standard infotainment features, select trims of 2017 Nissan Rogue gets SiriusXM-based NissanConnect Services. It offers you navigation, telematics services, Twitter, Pandora and Facebook apps etc. Siri Eyes Free voice control is available in SL and SV trims. These are aimed at the geeks. In the Rogue 2017, you get a number of safety features like antilock disc brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags, hill-start assist as standard features. In All-wheel-drive models, there is hill descent control. Apart from the features offered in various trims, buyers of the 2017 Nissan Rogue can opt for the Select package. It comes with blind-spot monitor, automatic emergency braking and panoramic sunroof etc. However, it would be better if Nissan chooses to include the blind-spot warning feature standard on all trims. Another feature sorely missing in the 2017 Rogue is Adaptive Cruise control. These will also help the SUV to score better at crash and safety tests.
2017 Nissan Rogue – Modification under the Hood
The 2017 Nissan Rogue is most likely going to be powered by a 4 cylinder 2.5 L engine that also powers Altima Sedan. It produces 170 HP. A hybrid engine will also be there with a lithium-ion electric motor. The regular engine will be mated with Continuously Variable Transmission gearbox. Both FWD and AWD will be offered with the model. The fuel economy figures however are not much impressive in real life as the company claims. The Nissan Rogue 2017 takes almost 9.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from zero, which is not remarkable either. At lower speed, ride is more or less comfortable and cabin noise is almost nonexistent. However, as you rev up, a humming noise seeps in the cabin! Clearly, smooth and safe driving is the main thing here than smooth acceleration.
2017 Nissan Rogue – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
As per the news, the 2017 Nissan Rogue may hit the roads by first quarter of 2017. The entry-level trim of 2017 Nissan Rogue starts at $23,290. The highest end trim with AWD will cost around $31000 or so. Nissan has equipped the newest version of Rogue SUV with notable design changes and entertainment features. The included safety features are not bad either. The ride quality is smooth. However, the crossover SUV will have to face steep competition from popular rivals. The major rivals include Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, new Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. The Toyota RAV4, in particular will be the strongest contender. The pricing of 2017 Rogue is decent but with additional packages, it does not remain affordable. Besides, many of the safety features that are offered as additional option in the Rogue come as inbuilt for several rivals and this is where it loses some points. Its third row seat, whoever, gives the SUV an edge over others.