Offered as the Nissan Qashqai in other parts of the world, this is the first time the crossover will be offered in North America to bolster Nissan’s SUV portfolio. Despite its shared name, platform, similar style and features, the Japanese automaker assures the Nissan Rogue Sport stands on its own as a unique model. Nissan says the new crossover is a “stylish, nimble, fun-to-drive and affordable compact SUV” that is aimed at young couples and single people who live in the city.
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In an interesting twist, the new SUV will continue to be called the Nissan Qashqai (pronounced cash-kai) when it arrives in Canada, although most other aspects of the vehicle will be the same as the American model. A few exceptions are that the Canadian Qashqai will come standard with heated seats and a six-speed manual transmission, where the U.S.-bound Rogue Sport only gets a CVT and optional cold weather equipment.
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With a wheelbase that is 2.3 inches shorter and an overall length that is 12.1 inches shorter than the Rogue, the Sport model is “more maneuverable in city traffic and an ideal size for tight city parking spaces,” Nissan said. The five-passenger Rogue Sport also has 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded flat and 22.9 cu-ft behind the second row, which splits 60/40.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission. Both front and all-wheel drive are available, and Nissan says a four-wheel independent suspension with a multi-link rear suspension setup will help deliver sporty handling.
The Rogue Sport will also be available with Nissan’s Safety Sheild, which includes driver assistance and safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection.
Outside, it looks much like a Rogue, not surprisingly, but perhaps a bit more taut. Nissan’s V-motion grille, LED headlights, and boomerang tail lights make the Rogue Sport fit in nicely to the Nissan lineup. High-beam assist, fog lights, and a moonroof are also available.
Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen can be found and standard features include Bluetooth, USB inputs, a rear-view camera, and more. Available features include an around-view monitor and adaptive cruise control.
The made-in-Japan 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport and Nissan Qashqai will be on sale starting in spring of 2017 with three well-equipped trim levels that are all available with front or all-wheel drive. Pricing and fuel economy have not yet been announced.
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