Nissan announced last week that it will start producing 100,000 units of the compact crossover in Japan to satisfy its high demand in the U.S. market. Now a new report from Automotive News says that the company is planning three significant changes in the Rogue line-up for the U.S.
Citing undisclosed sources familiar with the company’s product plans, the report says that the Nissan Rogue Hybrid will be launched in 2016, the old generation Rogue which is currently sold as the Rogue Select at a lower price, will be discontinued and the Qashqai will be launched in its place. Like the Rogue Select, the Qashqai will also be positioned below the Rogue.
The second generation Nissan Qashqai is built exclusively at the Sunderland plant in the UK. The UK-spec model is offered in two turbo petrol and two turbo-diesel engines. The diesel engines obviously won’t be offered in the U.S. and the 114-hp 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol could be deemed underpowered for the American buyer. The U.S. market is likely to get the more affordable compact crossover exclusively with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which offers 161 hp and 240 Nm of torque on the UK-spec model.
Nissan Rogue Hybrid
The Nissan Rogue Hybrid will rival with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that goes on sale early next year. Its hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 147 hp and 207 Nm (153 lb.-ft.) of torque, and a single dual-clutch electric motor that produces 41 hp and 160 Nm of torque. The JDM-spec X-Trail Hybrid (Rogue is sold as ‘X-Trail’ in Japan) returns a fuel economy of 20.6 km/l (48.45 US mpg) in JC08 test cycle. The U.S. launch should happen in H1 2016.
[Source: Automotive News]