2017 NAIAS: Nissan unveils the US-bound Qashqai as Rogue Sport

Article by Christian A., on January 9, 2017

It isn’t merely speculation anymore – Nissan is bringing the Qashqai mid-size crossover to the United States, but with a different name. In fact, Nissan has confirmed that this mid-size crossover will have its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, widely known as the Detroit Auto Show.

As we have reported, Nissan intends for the Qashqai to fill the size gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue. The addition of the Qashqai – the best-selling mid-size SUV in Europe -- as a complement to the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to benefit from the seemingly insatiable hunger for SUVs in the US, where motorists have been switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles. While there is a real business case for the US launch of the Qashqai in the US, Nissan was expected to rename the SUV since American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai.”

Nissan did rename the Qashqai as the new Nissan Rogue Sport. Nissan eventually decided to use the Rogue moniker – with the Sport suffix – as it is already a known nameplate in the US. Mike Bunce, Nissan North America vice president of product planning, remarked that since Nissan managed to build a lot of equity on the Rogue, it only makes sense to piggyback on its popularity by renaming the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport.

Nissan has been experiencing surging demand for the larger Rogue in the US. As a matter of fact, the Rogue dislodged the Altima as Nissan’s best-selling model in the US for 2016, with sales of nearly 330,000 units for the SUV and just over 307,000 units for the sedan. In addition, Nissan sold 40,477 Rogue SUVs in the US in December 2016, breaking the all-time single month sales record.

With a length of 172.4 inches and a height of 62.5 inches (wheelbase of 104.2 inches), the 2017 Rogue Sport is a bit smaller than the 2017 Rogue, which measures 184.5 inches in length and 68.1 inches in height (wheelbase of 106.5 inches). It will be powered -- as standard – by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system engine that provides up to 141 hp of output and up to 147 lb.-ft. of torque.

It will be paired with an Xtronic transmission – a continuously variable transmission that comes with an eco-mode switch and that allows drivers to choose whether it should send power to the front wheels or all four. Nissan will commence sales of the Rogue Sport across the US in spring 2017, in three grade levels -- S, SV and SL.

Nissan has also unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show a new sedan concept that will provide a glimpse into Nissan’s future design direction. This sedan concept also provides clues to Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the carmaker’s roadmap for achieving zero emissions as well as zero fatalities.

Press Release

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport takes the stage at NAIAS today – joins record-breaking Rogue lineup this spring

The new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, which is designed to expand the audience for Nissan’s top-selling Rogue crossover when it goes on sale this spring, is set to make its auto show debut this morning at the North American International Auto Show.

The redesigned Rogue broke Nissan’s all-time U.S. single month sales record for an individual model in December 2016 with sales of 40,477 units. Rogue also passed Nissan’s longtime sales leader, Altima, for the 2016 calendar year Nissan U.S. sales crown.

The new Rogue Sport will be joined on stage by a new Nissan sedan concept. Presenting the two new vehicles will be José Muñoz, Chief Performance Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., and Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

"The new Rogue Sport is a perfect addition to the red hot Rogue lineup, which is also adding a first-ever Rogue Hybrid model for 2017," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "With Rogue Sport’s slightly smaller dimensions and sporty maneuverability, it’s ideal for singles or couples without kids – or empty nesters – who want a sportier vehicle and can live with a little less cargo capacity than the current Rogue offers."

Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase and a 12.1-inch shorter overall length than Rogue, helping make it more maneuverable in city traffic and an ideal size for tight city parking spaces. Other helpful city adventure features range from up to 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space (2nd row seat folded) and available innovative Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System to the Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)1.

Rogue Sport offers available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection2, Intelligent Cruise Control3, Rear Cross Traffic Alert4 and Forward Emergency Braking2.

Rogue Sport is offered with a standard 141-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) system engine and Xtronic transmission. It goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide – in a choice of S, SV and SL grade levels – beginning in spring 2017.

The Nissan sedan concept, which will be revealed at this morning’s media event in the Nissan display at the North American International Auto Show, combines a look at the Nissan’s future design direction while also providing hints at the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company’s roadmap to achieving zero emissions and zero fatalities.

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