Nissan Hybridizes The Rogue For 2017

Posted on Sep 11 2016 - 5:41am by Jeff Dunham

The Rogue refresh is more than just new fascias and updated features: Nissan gave the crossover a hybrid model. It’s available with both front- and all-wheel drive and features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 30-kilowatt electric motor that produce a combined 176 horsepower, six more than the standard Rogue.

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The hybrid manages 34 mpg overall with FWD and 33 mpg overall with AWD. Both versions have five mpg better estimates than the normal Rogue, which gets 29 overall with FWD and 28 overall with AWD. Impressively, the hybrid powertrain doesn’t affect cargo space much. Behind the first row of seats, the hybrid loses just 0.2 cubic feet, and behind the second row, it loses 1.1 cu ft. You also lose the standard Rogue’s Divide-N-Hide flexible seating system, and it’s only available with two rows of seats.

We don’t know how much the hybrid will cost over the normal model, since Nissan didn’t release pricing for either version. Based on the pricing structure for the Murano and the Murano hybrid, the electrified Rogue could cost about an extra $3,000 over the regular gas model.Even with the introduction of the hybrid, Nissan still made sure to add the new styling and features to the rest of the Rogue line-up, too. Outside, all Rogues get updated head and taillights, a Murano-inspired V-grille, as well as more chrome details. Inside, the little crossover gets a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with available heating, newly available memory seats and mirrors, and an updated shifter.

Nissan also added new Platinum packages with a nicer leather interior, and base level models now get heated seats and remote start as standard. The company also upped the safety quotient by adding Intelligent Cruise Control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and prevention systems and high-beam headlight assistance. Pricing is not yet available for the regular Rogue, but it likely won’t change much from the current base price of just over $24,000. It will be available in early November, and the hybrid will be available by the end of the year.