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Nissan’s most popular car in Europe has finally arrived in America

 


Nissan Rogue Sport 2017
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.

On Monday, Nissan added to its portfolio of SUVs with the introduction of the Rogue Sport compact crossover.

The Rogue Sport is the US version of the award-winning Qashqai (pronounced Cash-Kai) crossover Nissan’s hottest selling model in Europe.

Even though the Rogue Sport is built on the same Renault-Nissan CMF platform as the Rogue, it’s more than a foot shorter.

As a result, the Rogue Sport will target young singles, couples without kids, and empty nesters.

“While we expect Rogue to continue to appeal to owners with young families, Rogue Sport fills a need for singles and couples who
want more space and versatility than the average sedan for everyday urban use and social activities, ” Nissan North America
vice president for product planning, Michael Bunce, said in a statement.


Nissan Rogue Sport 2017
Nissan Rogue (Top) with Nissan Rogue Sport.

Power for the Rogue Sport comes from a 2.0 liter, 141 horsepower inline-four-cylinder engine mated to Nissan’s ubiquitous
continuously variable transmission.

The Rogue sport will also be equipped with Nissan’s suite of connected services, surround view camera system, and intelligent
cruise control.

Rumors of the Qashqai’s arrival in the US have been making the rounds for a couple of years now. According to Nissan, it chose
to delay the arrival of the Qashqai in order to focus on building up the strength of the Rogue brand.

In 2016, sales of the larger Rogue surged nearly 15% with more than 329,000 units sold in the US. In fact, it became the 10th best selling vehicle in the
country and managed to overtake the Altima sedan to become Nissan’s best selling model.


Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan Rogue Sport interior.

 

It’s safe to say the Rogue brand has found solid footing. As a result, Nissan decided to take advantage of the Rogue’s
popularity by rebranding the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport. (Even the Canadian market will use the Qashqai moniker.)

Nissan has not yet released its 2016 sales figures for Europe, however, the latest numbers from November show that the Qashqai
is, far and away, the brand’s most popular model. In 2015, Nissan sold 251,000 Qashqais in Europe. The
Juke finished second with just 109,000 vehicles sold.

The 2017 Rogue Sport will reach US showrooms in the spring. Nissan has not yet announced official pricing.

2 Comments

  1. JayRacer says:

    It’s nice to see some color on the new line of vehicles.

  2. Beemers4life says:

    DAT ORANGE THO!!!

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