Engine, features and release date
The new 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is the latest model in Nissan’s hybrid technology lineup. It will combine a 141-hp version of the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder with its 40-hp electric motor to produce 176 horsepower.
Presented at the 2016 Miami International Auto Show, the Rogue Hybrid increases fuel efficiency without compromising passenger space or cargo utility. The model joins fellow hybrids the e-NV200, Esflow, Townpod, Leaf, Nuvu, Land Glider, Altra, and Hypermini.
It’s also the newest of Nissan’s trucks alongside the gas-powered Rogue, Pathfinder, Armada, and Titan. Nissan expects the Rogue crossover will become the Japanese carmaker’s top-selling vehicle once it hits dealership lots later this year.
Additionally, the Rogue model is part of the cross-promotional advertising for this winter’s Star Wars: Rogue One film. When one remembers the last Star Wars movie made $2 billion at the box office, Nissan should be confident of another strong year for its Rogue in 2017.
2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid specs, interior and exterior
Customers who buy the Rogue Hybrid can choose between two configurations: a hybrid front wheel or all-wheel drive, without much effect on fuel economy. The front-wheel drive offers owners 33 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and a combined 34 mpg, while all-wheel-drive gives 31 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined.
The truck comes with Idle Start/Stop system and Intelligent Regenerative Braking similar to the system found in other hybrid vehicles. However, the Rogue Hybrid will not get the snowmobile tracks treatment.
In regards to the exterior, it features new front fascia with integrated fog lamps, a new bumper, the Nissan “V-Motion” grille, and revised LED daytime running lights. In the back, it has a restyled bumper, new taillamps, chrome trim and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside Nissan’s hybrid Rogue, there’s a new D-shaped steering wheel, new door and instrument panel finishes, a new shift knob design, and a revised center console.
Due to the battery pack, the hybrid will not have three rows of seats nor the Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide Cargo system as with the regular Rogue.
Models, colors, and price
The 2017 Rogue will have S, SV, and SL trim models, while the Rogue Hybrid will only come in SV and SL trim. The latter model features heated leather seats, a Bose nine-speaker audio system, navigation with NissanConnect services, and 360-degree camera.
Safety systems like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are only available in S and SV. These models will also get 17-inch wheels, push-button start, a power driver seat, and remote start.
Both Rogues received three new colors to its palette for the upcoming model year: Palatial Ruby, Caspian Blue, and Monarch Orange.
The 2017 Rogue shouldn’t cost more than $3,000 on top of the $24,230 starting price of the 2016 Nissan Rogue S, while the Rogue Hybrid should be $2,000 more (close to $30,000).