More good news from Detroit is the arrival of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. Called the Qashqai in other markets, the new Nissan will be making its way to North America soon. I drove a Qashqai while in the UK last year and I liked it. It had all the benefits of an SUV with none of the size or gas guzzling drawbacks of one. I’m glad it will be coming here.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport looks great. With definite similarities between it and the current crop of Nissan SUVs and crossovers, it should fit right in. It is a very modern looking vehicle with the signature Nissan V grille, angled lights and curved hood. Panel detailing is everywhere but manages to still look unfussy and add to, rather than detract from, the look.
It is shorter than a standard Rogue but doesn’t feel smaller on the inside. It is as easy to drive and manoeuvre as the standard Rogue with the ability to squeeze into parking spaces its bigger brother might struggle with.
On the inside, the interior is exactly what we have come to expect from Nissan. Seats are upright and supportive, visibility is good all round and the driving position has lots of potential to find the perfect fit. Controls are all where they should be and the centre stack has a decent screen with accessible controls all round.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is being treated as its own model rather than a mini Rogue, so comes with its own running gear. Well, its own as taken from the Sentra anyway. It’s the Sentra 2.0-litre four cylinder mated to the Nissan CVT transmission. The engine we know and like and the transmission is probably the best version of a CVT anywhere in the world. This pairing should work fine.
As the Sport is much lighter than the standard Rogue, the 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque should be enough to keep you going around town or wherever you need to be. The combination of lightness and a smaller engine means gas mileage should be pretty good for a crossover too.
While Nissan didn’t outline trim levels and features, it isn’t unreasonable to expect them to be in line with the standard Rogue. We think the existing S, SV and SL trims to run through the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport too with the same kinds of options.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport will be released in the spring and we expect Nissan to reveal more about this model over the coming weeks. I’ll keep an eye out and let you know what to expect.
Until then, why not visit Collins Nissan, 155 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 1H3 to see the other great cars in the Nissan lineup?