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2017 Nissan Rogue & Hybrid Rogue

Frank Washington | 12/8/2016, 9 a.m.
Nissan expects the Rogue, its midsize crossover vehicle, to become the company’s top seller soon. And to give it a ...

Nissan expects the Rogue, its midsize crossover vehicle, to become the company’s top seller soon. And to give it a push, the automaker restyled it and added a hybrid to the lineup.

In the front, the 2017 Nissan Rogue got a new front fascia, integrated fog lamps, bumper and it got Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille. What’s more, the LED daytime running lights were revamped.

There was a new bumper in the rear too. LED boomerang taillights were added and new chrome trim side door moldings were included in the restyle. The Rogue can be equipped with 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Engineers have implemented a couple of good ideas. The rear doors open wide, 77 degrees making it easier to get in and out of the 2017 Rogue. An automatic opening tailgate was added. Standard on the SL trim line and available on the SV trim line, we stuck our foot under the rear bumper and the tailgate opened. With the push of a button, it closed.

The sideview mirrors were heated and body-colored. They also had optional integrated turn signals. There was a rear spoiler, tinted glass and roof rails. The panoramic roof’s front panel would slide under the fixed rear panel when opened.

The interior was really nice. Materials were soft touch all over; the top half of the dash as well as the lower half was tactilely pleasing. The door panels were soft touch as well and there was real stitching. The crossover got a new D-shaped steering wheel that could be heated. It was easy to grip and the vehicle was easy to drive.

There was a leather-booted sport-mode shifter, memory for the driver’s seat and mirror, and remote engine start. The interior featured new door and instrument panel finishes, new shift knob design, revised center console and console lid and new seat fabric. Also new was a Platinum Reserve Interior Package (available on Rogue SL) highlighted by premium tan leather-appointed seats with special quilted leather inserts. We didn’t get a chance to road test a Rogue with this package.

But no matter the trim package, every 2017 Nissan Rogue was powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that made 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Mated to what Nissan has branded an Xtronic continuously variable transmission with standard sport and eco modes.

Nissan estimated the combination to get 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. That’s for front-wheel-drive models. For all wheel drive Rogues, the estimate was 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.

The new Rogue Hybrid utilizes Nissan’s advanced Intelligent Dual Clutch system. It uses a compact Lithium-ion battery and electric motor to provide supplementary power through its one-motor/two-clutch system.

The two clutches engage and disengage the electric motor. The first clutch is a dry clutch installed between the 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor, where the torque converter would normally be, and the second is between the electric motor and Xtronic transmission. The high-output lithium-ion battery is able to charge/discharge quickly, which contributes to high-speed, precise control of the electric motor and optimum clutch control, and in combination enabled smooth start and quick shift changes.