Nissan Expands Nismo Lineup, Makes Rogue Look Quicker [w/Video]

With reports coming in about Nissan wanting to double the number of Nismo-branded cars within the next five years, it was only a matter of time before something new was on the horizon.

Unfortunately, what you’re seeing here is just a styling package from Nismo, designed to fit the Nissan Rogue, or X-Trail as people know it in Europe and Japan.

Since this is a Japanese launch, the car is dubbed the X-Trail 20X Hybrid with the Nismo Performance Package, which in this case adds new bumpers, side skirts and a large rear diffuser with red and black accents circling the car.

It’s also got large two-tone wheels, dual exhaust tips, chrome door handles and a blacked out V-motion grille, as seen in these images courtesy of brog.tomorrow01.

Inside, the Nismo Performance Package doesn’t exactly make the X-Trail’s cabin as sporty as one would expect from a true Nismo-tuned Nissan. While it’s missing the sports seats, the Alcantara or sporty pedal set, it does have a flat-bottom steering wheel, although to be fair, that comes with the 2017 upgrade.

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  • Just another Supra fan

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  • StrangerGP

    Poor Nismo.

  • Mill0048

    Shame there’s no extra performance, but I do love the current Nismo treatments. The white, black and red looks great!

  • RK

    It really is unfortunate, the storied NISMO performance arm of Nissan is now being diluted to nothing more than a sad, almost mass-market average-Joe, tape-stripe package.

    If Nissan was serious about revisiting the sporting aspect of their DNA, NISMO would be kept to/applied to select vehicles like the Sentra (current generation design is hideous and laughable) the Altima (current generation is also laughable with its ridiculous FWD-Screaming front end overhang), the Maxima (same design comments as the Altima – it is also just too damn huge) the 370z and whatever replaces this. With the Altima and Maxima, spend a bit in manufacturing, make them AWD for NISMO, possibly, and keep a manual trans version. Murano is AWD and utilizes the same platform – as those vehicles, a heavily revised Renault-based “D” I believe. For those taking notes, the first-gen Mazda 6 saw the Mazdaspeed6 with AWD – exclusive to the Mazdaspeed 6, regular family-guy versions did not have it.

    Although the target is slightly different, look at what Honda has been doing for generations with it’s Civic Si. And now, the Type R; Mustang GT350/350R, and a few others in the “enthusiast-trimmed” model category for each respective manufacturer – Serious performance enthusiasts who value self-shifting are the only ones who can drive these cars, as they are offered in Manual only. Spec-sheet 0-60 reciters and 1/4 mile chasing sheeps-of-the-herd need not apply.

    In addition, it’s also probably too late because this aspect of the market is always tricky for profit, but NISMO applied to a sub-priced 370z RWD model to compete with BRZ/FRS. Yes, keep a manual.

    Bottom line: Nissan is simply chasing profits, and at the end of the day, they are a business and need to make money – everything else be damned.

    Serious enthusiasts everywhere are simply laughing; or, crying.

  • The-Fez

    Makes the Rogue look faster…..by adding more weight in plastic.

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