Nissan releases winter-ready Rogue Warrior Concept with stylish snow tracks

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 19, 2016

Nissan has just released a video about the Rogue Warrior that shows why this prototype is a good choice for those harsh winter conditions. The release is considered fitting as Canada is just starting with its major snowfall which marks the start of a possible severe winter.

In the video, the Rogue Warrior is equipped with snow tracks and shows just what it can do by going through what looks like 40 centimeters of new snow and then climbing up a 30-degree slope to reach a ski resort in the northern part of Quebec. Going back to the video, it starts with a group of snowboarders and skiers waiting impatiently for what appears to be a chairlift moving slowly.

An observant snowboarder, also in line, notices that the people are getting frustrated and makes an early departure. However the same snowboarder later returns in the Rogue Warrior and carries everyone up the hill, with all the snow, effortlessly.

When everyone then starts to make their descent, they get to meet their driver who is none other Olivier Bédard, 2015 Nissan Micra Cup Champion as well as 2015 Gilles-Villeneuve Trophy recipient.

Nissan Canada Director of Marketing Steve Rhind shares that it is customary in the auto industry to first develop a prototype and then show it with either photos or even a static display in an auto show.

The plan with the Rogue Warrior though, he further shares, was to do something even more. Rhind added that when the Rogue’s all-wheel drive system and the cutting-edge Xtronic transmission of the Nissan are combined with snow tracks, it enables the Rogue to overcome off-road or even severe winter conditions.

The video demonstrates the entertaining personality of the company and validates the Rogue Warrior’s abilities. This, Rhind concludes, is an idea that was not only developed but also implemented completely in Canada.

Rogue Warrior, and its accompanying video, were shown to the public for the first time during the company’s press conference held at the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show. The Rogue Warrior will continue to be exhibited at the MIAS until closing on January 24. Rogue has long been Nissan's top selling model in Canada, but this prototype has been transformed to an extreme version.

It is able to sit on heavy-duty snow tracks that have a height of 30"/76 cm and length of 48"/122 cm. The individual track meanwhile has a 15"/38 cm width. The Rogue Warrior has been made to handle snowy conditions. With a 23"/58 cm ground clearance, the Rogue Warrior can reach speeds of as much as 100 km/h in snow and can even climb up a 45-degree snowy slope.

Press Release

The Nissan Rogue Warrior takes to the mountain and shows no fear for harsh winter conditions

Just in time for the first major snowfall of the season in many parts of Canada, Nissan has released a new video of an extreme prototype designed especially for the harsh Canadian winter – the Rogue Warrior. In the short clip, the Rogue Warrior - a stock Nissan Rogue fitted with snow tracks – shows its potential as it easily plunges through 40 centimetres of freshly fallen snow, and swiftly climbing up a 30 degree incline at a ski resort in northern Quebec.

The video chronicles a group of impatient skiiers and snowboarders waiting for a slow-moving chairlift. A perceptive snowboarder waiting in line notices the frustration of the group and makes an exit. He returns behind the wheel of the Rogue Warrior, and proceeds to transport the group up the steep, snow-blanketed hill with ease. The skiiers and snowboarders make their descent upon the hill, and at the bottom greet their driver – 2015 Nissan Micra Cup Champion and recipient of the 2015 Gilles-Villeneuve Trophy, Olivier Bédard.

"In the automotive industry, it's the norm to develop a prototype and show it to the world through photos or a static auto show display, but with the Rogue Warrior – we had to do something more," says Steve Rhind, director of marketing at Nissan Canada. "When the all-wheel drive system on the Rogue and Nissan's advanced Xtronic transmission are matched with snow tracks, it results in something spectacular – a Rogue capable of overcoming severe, off-road winter conditions. This video shows an entertaining side of our brand's persona, and does justice to the extreme capabilities of the Rogue Warrior - an idea developed and executed entirely in Canada."

Both the video and the Rogue Warrior were revealed to the public for the first time today, in conjunction with Nissan's press conference at the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS). The Rogue Warrior will be on display at the MIAS until the show concludes on January 24.

About the Rogue Warrior
Named the "Rogue Warrior," Nissan's number one-selling product in Canada, has been transformed into an extreme prototype. The Rogue Warrior sits on heavy-duty snow tracks measuring 30"/76 cm in height, 48"/122 cm in length and the individual track width is 15"/38 cm.

Rogue Warrior is specifically designed to handle snowy conditions. It is capable of driving up to 100km/h, scaling a 45 degree grade in groomed snow, and has a ground clearance of 23"/58 cm.

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