If you didn’t already know, the compact SUV is doing exceptionally well in Canada. Aimed at those that want additional versatility and the feeling of safety that comes with a higher driving position, all of that combined with an agile on-road behavior and reasonable dimensions that make it easier to drive around in the city, without too steep of a price premium over a traditional car.
The Rogue has certainly managed to combine all of those attributes, and has done well in terms of sales with 35,841 units sold in 2015, trailing only the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The compact SUV is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, and it was therefore expected that the Japanese automaker wouldn’t let it go for too long without some kind of improvement.
A little bit more audacious when it comes to design
A compact SUV doesn’t generally stand out in the crowd. Nissan wants to change that and aimed at giving the 2017 Nissan Rogue a bit more visual punch. They partly succeeded, starting with the new V-Motion front grill that is wider and more noticeable.
SL Platinum versions also get 19-inch wheels which certainly give the Rogue quite a bit of character, more so than most of its rivals. As for the rest of the design, it follows the same philosophy as the other recently redesigned Nissan vehicles.
No hybrid for Canada
At the Miami Auto Show this year, Nissan announced a brand new hybrid version for the 2017 Rogue. Unfortunately, however, like many things in the wonderful automotive world, Canada won’t be getting it, at least not for now. Better luck next time it would seem!
Canadian buyers will have to make do with the 2.5-litre four-cylinder unit found on the current Rogue which delivers 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. That’s about average for the segment, and one should not expect to be taken away by the new Rogue’s performance.
That said, the SUV’s agile and focused handling both in the city and on the highway take your mind away from the slightly boring performance of the engine. The 2017 Nissan Rogue is easy to drive, and consumers in this segment will certainly like that. It comes standard with front-wheel drive while all-wheel drive is optional.
Inside, Nissan redesigned the steering wheel and gearshift lever. There is plenty of plastic inside the Rogue, and you have to opt for the Reserve package available in the SL Platinum variant which adds quality leather for the seats and quilted leather for the dashboard in order to get a more refined interior. In terms of space, the 2017 Rogue continues to be offered with an optional third-row seat which can accommodate two extra passengers.
Even if it is possible to get more power under the hood with some of the 2017 Rogue’s competitors, Nissan’s compact SUV makes up for it with impressive comfort and a silent interior that is even quieter this year thanks to more soundproofing. And, the 2017 Rogue offers plenty of standard features like a heated seats across the board.
All that’s left now is to find out its price, and its fuel economy ratings, two important elements in this segment. We should know more towards the end of the month.
2017 Nissan Rogue Images