Nissan considers plan to offer hybrid Rogue crossover in the US

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 16, 2015

Nissan Motor Corp. has yet to announce its plans for overseas sales but it is thinking about introducing a Rogue crossover hybrid in the United States, according to Nobusuke Toukura, the vehicle's chief engineer. Nissan had recently added this vehicle to its lineup in Japan.

The Rogue, which is also known as the X-Trail in certain markets, will use the brand’s one-motor, two-clutch hybrid system that’s powered by a lithium ion battery. In Japan, the X-Trail Hybrid is predicted to make up as much as 40% of the nameplate's sales.

Toukura said that within the next five years, hybrid demand in the U.S. is likely to rise as emissions rules become stricter. The automaker wants to already have this hybrid in place. Japan, which is known for its fondness of hybrids, is an ideal place to launch this model.

About 21% of its local market is of electric vehicles. IHS Automotive forecasts that hybrids will make up 7% of worldwide passenger car production in 2020, higher than the anticipated 2% this year. Nissan’s Japan plant will build the X-Trail Hybrid.

The gasoline Rogue that’s available in the U.S. is shipped from Smyrna, Tenn., Japan and South Korea. This vehicle, which is offered in those names as well as the Qashqai in Europe, is produced at nine assembly plants around the world.

The Rogue is Nissan's No. 2 nameplate in terms of sales in the U.S. It trails behind the Altima midsize sedan. In the first quarter of 2015, its sales increased by 28% to 64,486 vehicles. During an event at Nissan’s proving ground in south of Tokyo, Nissan officials revealed that the X-Trail Hybrid with its 2.0-liter engine offers better low-end torque and acceleration than its 2.5-liter nonhybrid variant.

The 2015 Nissan Rogue features a responsive 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, advanced Xtronic transmission with Sport and Eco Mode switches. In addition, Rogue is equipped with an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system or front-wheel drive. It has a fuel economy rating of 33 mpg highway for front-wheel drive Xtronic-equipped models – the best in its class.

When the Rogue is driven around the city, it has a fuel economy rating of 26 mpg. Meanwhile, it has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg (front-wheel drive models). Furthermore, the 2015 Rogue comes with a series of amazing dynamic technologies such as Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control.

It also comes with a 4-wheel independent suspension, Electric Power-assisted Steering and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System. The automaker styled the Rogue’s exterior to make it stand out. It appears sporty and confident due to its bold and sharp lines.

Among the highlights are muscular front fenders and hood, halogen headlights with signature LED daytime running lights, body color outside mirrors with standard integrated turn signals and rear spoiler.

Buyers get the option of installing LED headlights with auto levelizer, privacy glass, power panoramic moonroof, roof rails, heated outside mirrors, fog lights, and a power rear liftgate. Its interior also gets the premium treatment, with features to make daily activities more convenient.

The Rogue’s interior is very roomy and offers 7-passenger seating with the stadium-style, flat-fold 3rd row 50/50-split bench seat available as an option.

The Rogue comes with the EZ Flex Seating System that includes a reclining 40/20/40-split 2nd row seat that provides a 2nd row legroom of 37.9 inches and 9.0 inches of fore/aft adjustability.

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