Here is the 2017 Nissan Rogue that arrives just in time for the crossover’s three-year mark since its introduction in the fall of 2013. It brings mild cosmetic updates, content enhancements, but more importantly, the addition of a hybrid model.
Available for the first time as a hybrid in both front- and all-wheel drive applications, the 2017 Rogue Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine to an electric motor and Xtronic transmission, with a compact Lithium-ion battery located under the boot, which Nissan claims “maintains its flat rear floor for easy passenger access to the rear seat and little reduction of cargo room”.
The hybrid system delivers a combined 176hp from the 141hp and 144 lb-ft 2.0-liter unit and 40hp and 118 lb-ft of torque from the 30kW electric motor. The front-wheel drive hybrid model is said to return an EPA estimated 33 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined, while the AWD version drops to 31 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined.
The regular 2017 Rogue carries over the previous 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline lump unchanged at 170hp and 175 lb-ft.
Exterior revisions for the mid-cycle update focus on the two ends, with the front gaining new headlamps and a more pronounced, Murano-like ‘V-motion’ grille together with a redesigned bumper sporting rectangular fog lights, and the rear, revised taillights with boomerang-styled LEDs. There are also new chrome side moldings, three additional exterior colors and redesigned 17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch wheels.
On the inside, Nissan gave the 2017 Rogue a sportier looking steering wheel and sport-mode shifter, a subtly revised front center console, new trim pieces and upholstery (both cloth and leather), plus additional optional and standard kit.
The Japanese carmaker also improved the Rogue’s safety equipment with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), adaptive cruise control (ICC), and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.
Pricing will be announced closer to the 2017 Rogue’s market launch later in the year.