Nissan has taken the wraps off yet another new product with the debut of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid. This is SUV joins the Murano to give Nissan two different hybrid options for consumers looking to save at the gas pump.
Before I get into the new powertrain option, I should start with the sharp new exterior on the Rogue. While Nissan started the V-Motion design with Rogue in 2014, it has really accentuated the look on this new model with even sharper styling and new headlights. Also, a reshaped front bumper completes the look.
Inside, Nissan has stepped it up again with a new steering wheel design, a new leather boot around the shifter, what appears to be as nicer materials, a new dashboard and door panel finishes. All in all, it is a pretty impressive looking interior especially in a new Platinum Reserve package – top tier trim.
With new looks and interior styling, Nissan topped it off with a new hybrid powertrain. The hybrid combines a 2.0L inline four-cylinder with a 30kW electric motor to produce 174 HP. It is mated to the Xtronic continuously variable transmission to deliver an impressive 5 MPG increase in fuel economy over the standard 170 HP 2.5L inline 4 cylinder. Overall, the Rogue Hybrid is expected to deliver 33/35/34 MPG city/highway/combined for FWD and 31/34/33 MPG city/highway/combined for AWD.
Nissan says the core of the system is an Intelligent Dual Clutch Control system.
The first of the two clutches 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 motor and Xtronic transmission,” according to a Nissan press release.
Also, the high-output lithium-ion battery is able to charge/recharge quickly meaning with the dual clutch, the system can quickly respond to throttle inputs by switching on and off the battery/engine to make driving feel seem less as well as delivering better fuel economy. It also recharges with regenerative braking and an idle start/stop feature.
Unfortunately, the hybrid loses the ability to have a third-row seat since the battery is housed in the rear-cargo area.
Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but I would expect it to exceed $30,000. The base Rogue starts at $23,330. The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid will be on dealer lots this fall.