December 14, 2016
By Mario Cywinski
Nissan recently invited select North American journalists to join them to discover the all-new 2017 Nissan Rogue in Greensboro, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.
As part of Nissan's stable of CUV's and SUV's including Pathfinder, Armada, Juke and Murano, Rogue competes in one of the fastest growing segments of the auto market, Compact SUVs. As a leader in the segment and not content to rest on its laurels , Nissan decided a Rogue redesign was de rigour.
Rogue is one of Nissan’s top selling fleet vehicles in Canada, only the always popular compact Sentra sold more units into fleet. On the retail side of the equation, Rogue is Nissan’s top selling model in Canada and has sold over 176,000 units in Canada since its introduction in 2007.
For 2017, Rogues redesign is robust. The front fascia is all-new with Nissan V-Motion grille, integrated fog lights, new bumper, and new headlights with LED DRLs. The rear of the vehicle has a new bumper, LED taillights, and LED rear combination lights. The Rogue moves on new 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The new interior includes an updated steering wheel, shifter, door and instrument panel finishes. A new interior package for Platinum Reserve is also served up on the new Rogue.
Safety is always part of any fleets 'must have" list and Nissan had added features that will keep Rogue front of mind in that regard. Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, which uses forward facing radar and forward facing camera to detect pedestrians; Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, join features that were already available including Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Emergency Braking. this commitment to safety has paid off as Rogue was recently named as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award winner.
"Nissan is proud to have many of our North American-built vehicles recognized by IIHS for vehicle safety," said Michael Bunce, Vice-President, Product Strategy and Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "As a full-line manufacturer, Nissan places the safety and security of Nissan vehicle owners and their passengers as its top priority. Considering that 85-percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. are assembled in North America, we are gratified to see the company's long-term investment in safety yielding results in these key vehicles receiving high marks from IIHS."
Improvements to the noise vibration and harshness (NVH) of the Rogue have resulted in significant reductions in road, wind and mechanical noise.
Other technologies added to Rogue for 2017 include Intelligent Cruise Control, which can follow at a set distance behind a lead vehicle and bring the vehicle to a stop and resume speed if stopped for a short time, it uses the forward facing radar and can be used at speeds between 32 and 144 km/h. Motion activated life gate allows for opening and closing by doing a kicking motion under the rear bumper. Other added features include: remote engine start, heated steering wheel, and standard heated seats.
The 2017 Rogue is fitted with a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 175 foot/pounds of torque and is mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission and is offered in front or all wheel drive. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution are standard. Tire pressure monitoring system and easy fill tire alert are standard.
The competition in the compact SUV space is fierce and shows no sign of slowing, with its new design, attitude and technology the 2017 Rogue is more than ready to rumble.