The Nissan Rogue will be redesigned for the 2017 model year. The car received an exterior and interior makeover, as well as new technology and safety features. A slew of changes to the Rogue model, all for the same reason. To compete in the crowded crossover segment by making the Rogue an even more appealing compact crossover. The ultimate goal is for it to become the best-selling Nissan vehicle in the United States. To accomplish this, two more luxurious trims were added in order to attract buyers in the higher financial class as well.
As for the Nissan Rogue, we can only say that we’re relieved that its market is so crowded. Anyone purchasing a crossover these days can be confident that they are getting good value for their money. Especially if that crossover is a redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue, the free market’s watchdog. The final attempt will be to add a hybrid model to the Rogue lineup.
The Nissan Rogue’s front and rear received the most updates. The large V-motion grille, which used to be much smaller, is immediately visible in the front. The size of the front logo has also been increased slightly. A darker line runs beneath the chrome V-motion and connects to the lower air vent.
Although the headlights retain the same overall shape, they are larger than the previous model and have different LED lamps. The foglights below have taken on a more rectangular shape, as opposed to the previous round ones.
The side of the 2017 Nissan Rogue hasn’t changed much. There are some differences in the back, such as a new set of taillights.
All of the details, just like on the Rogue’s exterior, have been cranked up a notch. The steering wheel has changed and now appears more regular. The previous wheel had a unique drip-like shape, whereas the new one has a more generic appearance. Finally, a heated steering wheel is available as an option.
In addition, the buttons used to operate the infotainment system were updated to improve functionality. The infotainment screen remains the same as last year, with an optional 7.0-inch and standard 5.0-inch display. Its software, on the other hand, received an update; more on that below.
The rest of the center console is then updated as well. Some piano black accents have been added, and the shifting stick is now wrapped in leather. It’s a good thing Nissan ditched the plastic unit from last year’s Rogue. It’s amazing how much of a difference such a seemingly minor detail can make.
Aside from the dashboard, the seats are brand new and deserving of mention. The seats have been redesigned to be more comfortable and ergonomic, with French stitching. The highest trim level even includes a contrast accent color for the seats. The lowest trim also gets a new cloth seat material option, and seat heaters are optional on both leather and cloth.
The standard sound system is a four-speaker AM/FM/CD system, or a six-speaker system on the Rogue SV. A BOSE audio system with nine speakers is optional on higher trims and standard on the Rogue SL.
Of course, the regular 2017 Nissan Rogue, like the previous model, has seven seats. There are five full-sized seats and two seats for younger passengers. The middle and back rows can be folded down for cargo space, and the passenger seat can be completely folded down. Unfortunately, the hybrid will not have three rows.
Next, we’ll look at the component that drives this vehicle. The gasoline engine from last year is carried over. This is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. The engine is designed to provide a smooth and, most importantly, efficient ride. It is entirely made of aluminum and is equipped with Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
Then, let’s take a look at what the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has to offer in terms of powertrain. The gasoline engine is a 2.0 liter internal combustion engine with 16 valves that is entirely made of aluminum. The engine produces 141 horsepower, and there is also a lithium-ion battery with a 30 kW electric motor. This one adds 40 hp, bringing the total to 176 hp when combined with the gas engine.
The hybrid battery is recharged by the car’s regenerative braking system, and it is expected to be more fuel efficient than the non-hybrid Rogue. The Hybrid is available with AWD or FWD, with the latter arriving several months after the former. The Rogue Hybrid also has the Xtronic CVT system.
The last area in which the 2017 Nissan Rogue can surprise us is, of course, technology.
To begin, the CVT transmission has three Driver Mode Settings: Eco, Normal, and Sport. Don’t get too excited about the Sport Mode; with 170 hp, the Nissan Rogue is far from a racing beast.
Smartphone integration in the form of NissanConnectSM is one of the tech features of the infotainment system. This system, which includes navigation and mobile apps, is standard on the Rogue SL and optional on the Rogue SV. The 7.0-inch touch screen, Nissan Voice Recognition, SiriusXM Traffic, and SiriusXM TravelLink are all included. The SiriusXM subscription required to use these features must be purchased separately.
NissanConnect Services, which is standard on the Rogue SL, also makes use of SiriusXM and provides services such as Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Call, and Stolen Vehicle Locator. The best feature of NissanConnect Services is probably Remote Access, which allows for remote locking and unlocking of the vehicle.
Nissan’s Safety Shield is well-equipped in the safety department. This includes Radar Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. For 2017, these features are standard on a lower trim level than last year, which is a significant improvement! Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention are optional or standard safety features.
Then there’s Intelligent Cruise Control and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, which are both new for 2017. To keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, ICC employs radar and even brakes autonomously. A camera is used in Pedestrian Detection to recognize human shapes and brake accordingly.
In addition, the Nissan Rogue has an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. The all-around cameras provide a 360° view of objects around the vehicle. The cameras can zoom in on the front, back, and curb to give the driver a clear picture of how much space is left when parking.
Price, release and sale date
The 2017 Nissan Rogue S has a starting price of $23,820. The Rogue SV starts at $25,240, followed by the Rogue SL at $29,960.
The 2017 Rogue SV Hybrid is priced at $26,240, while the Rogue SL Hybrid is priced at $31,160.
In the spring of 2017, the car will be available for purchase across the United States.