The new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport will start at $22,380 including destination when it hits dealerships next month.
That price is enough to get you into a front-wheel drive S version of the Rogue Sport, while adding all-wheel drive to the base trim bumps the price up to $23,730, representing a premium of $1,350. That trend continues throughout the new Nissan’s three-tier trim walk, with all-wheel drive adding $1,350 to each. The mid-grade SV version will set buyers back $23,980 including destination charges, while the top SL trim is $27,030. Adding all-wheel drive, meanwhile, sees those prices hit $25,330 and $28,380, respectively.
The Rogue Sport’s trim walk is similar to its larger sibling’s, with base S models offering little in the way of amenities. A full suite of safety features is available on top-of-the-line trims, and includes items like blind spot monitoring and lane departure prevention.
Canadian buyers, meanwhile, will get their own version of the Rogue Sport that retains its European name, as well as unique trims at both ends of the spectrum. The 2017 Nissan Qashqai will hit Canadian dealers with a base price of $21,748 including destination. That sticker price will net the same base front-wheel drive S model, but with a six-speed manual gearbox in place of the CVT. The CVT-equipped base model will go for $23,748, while adding all-wheel drive brings the price up to $25,948.
The mid-grade Qashqai SV will sell for $26,348, with all-wheel drive adding $2,200, bringing the price to $28,548. Finally, the top-of-the-line SL in Canada is only available with all-wheel drive, while an additional SL Platinum grade rounds out the trim walk. Those are priced at $31,248 and $33,948, respectively.
Being billed as “right-sized,” the new compact crossover slots into Nissan’s lineup below the Rogue. It’s built to compete with rivals like the slightly smaller Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR without stepping on the toes of the Nissan Juke. With a wheelbase that measures 104.2 inches (2,647 millimeters) and an overall length of 172.4 inches (4,379 mm), the Rogue Sport/Qashqai is slightly larger than both the HR-V and C-HR while coming in significantly shorter than the Rogue.
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It’s motivated by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine that makes 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, all of which heads to the wheels through a continuously-variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are projected to be 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for all-wheel drive models. Those are slightly worse than the all-wheel drive HR-V’s ratings, and, curiously, worse than the larger Rogue’s. All-wheel drive Rogue models are officially rated at 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Of course, there’s a good chance Nissan is understating its projected fuel economy ratings until they are official. It’s important to note that the Rogue Sport’s ratings are simply estimates provided by Nissan until the official EPA ratings are in. In response to an inquiry from AutoGuide.com, a Nissan spokesperson said that the Rogue Sport’s fuel economy is “very competitive in the segment.” He also offered to provide more info soon in — all likelihood when official ratings are in.
With the Rogue overtaking the Altima late last year to become Nissan’s best-selling model, the automaker is betting big on the market’s insatiable appetite for crossovers. Its current offerings include the aforementioned Juke and Rogue, as well as the larger Murano, Pathfinder and Armada models. The addition of the Rogue Sport/Qashqai gives Nissan one of the market’s more robust CUV portfolios, bringing the total to sold here to six.
Nissan has sold the Qashqai in Europe, as well as the rebadged Dualis in Australia and Japan, for more than a decade.
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