Nissan is using the LA Auto Show to its advantage, announcing a new engine for the 2022 Rogue and sharing new details for its first all-electric crossover, the Ariya.
You may recall Nissan quietly revealed the Ariya last year, but this EV is a big deal for the brand. So, we’re excited to see more details finally on this first electric crossover for Nissan.
The other bit of news, which is an even bigger deal, is the announcement of a new engine coming for the 2022 Rogue. With the addition of a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder variable compression (VC) Turbo, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle will get more power and better fuel economy. The VC 3-cylinder engine will replace the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine from the previous model year.
The new powertrain delivers 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 11% and 24% respectively versus the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in the 2021 Rogue. Even with the increased power, the 2022 Rogue’s estimated fuel economy is 33 MPG in combined driving, an increase of 3 MPG over the 2021 model.
This small 3-cylinder packs a lot of punch and does so thanks to a high-pressure fuel injection system. There’s also stainless mirror-bore cylinder-wall coating that reduces friction and improves the overall engine efficiency. In addition, the 2022 Rogue features a new engine mounting system that uses two lower torque rods to enhance engine vibration isolation with high torque support.
With a 17% wider gear ratio coverage and 32% lower friction (than the previous transmission), the new Xtronic transmission also drives better acceleration feel and enhanced fuel economy in the 2022 Rogue.
This new VC-Turbo engine is being assembled in Decherd, Tennessee, which is where all of Nissan’s engines and electric motors are assembled in the U.S. The pricing for the 2022 Nissan Rogue is below.
Kudos to Nissan for not burying the lede. The press release on the 2023 Ariya listed the range at the very beginning: 300 miles. And we like seeing that.
Ariya is a part of Nissan’s plan for the future, which includes a newly developed electric platform that will be shared across multiple vehicles. Nissan calls it the NEXT global transformation.
There will be four Nissan Ariya models available initially, each equipped with an advanced liquid-cooled 87 kWh Lithium-Ion battery (usable battery capacity), CCS quick charge port, available ProPILOT Assist 2.03, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, a lounge-like premium interior and Nissan Safety Shield 360. Nissan says additional models will be available at a later date.
Three of the four trims will have front-wheel drive standard and have 238-horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. But the top-trim Ariya Platinum will have all-wheel drive and be assisted by a dual-motor system that will produce 389 horsepower and an impressive 442 pound-feet of torque.
Nissan is offering the first 10,000 reservation holders (made before Jan. 31, 2022) a free two-year EVgo membership and $500 in charging credits.
Ariya deliveries will begin next fall, first for front-wheel drive models, followed by all-wheel drive models in late fall at more than 890 select Nissan U.S. dealers. The pricing and horsepower chart is below.
We are willing to give Nissan a mulligan for the initial announcement on the Ariya with how well they launched and explained the Ariya during this year’s LA Auto Show (going on this week). The Ariya seems like it will be a quality vehicle that might help shake off the Leaf reputation. Sure, the Leaf was pretty advanced for being one of the first mainstream EVs out there, but it didn’t have the range to win over too many. With the Ariya’s 300 miles, that will put it on more consumer’s radar.
Likewise, the Rogue, as Nissan’s best seller gets more power and better fuel economy with a new engine. That seems like a win-win!