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Fun Size Rogue – 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Debuts at NAIAS


Did you have your mind set on a new Nissan Rogue but thought, “I wish it was a little bit smaller?” Well wish no more friends, because debuting at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the all-new Nissan Rogue Sport.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Details

A bit smaller than the top-selling Nissan Rogue, the Rogue Sport takes all of Nissan’s styling and technology and stuffs it into this 5-passenger package. A 141 horsepower engine powers the Rogue Sport, sent to either the front wheels or all four wheels via a CVT that simulates gears.

Nissan’s full safety suite is on-board, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

If you were looking for a hybrid version, you’ll be disappointed as you’ll have to go “full Rogue” in order to get that advanced powertrain.

It’ll all go on sale later this year.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Photo Gallery

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Press Release

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport joins powerful Nissan SUV lineup – brings Intelligent Safety Shield technologies, fun-to-drive performance and affordability to young, urban compact sport utility buyers

  •   “Right sized” Rogue Sport slots just under popular 2017 Rogue, Nissan’s #1 selling vehicle in the U.S., and further expands Nissan’s extensive SUV lineup
  •   5-passenger Rogue Sport designed for conquering everyday urban adventures, includes long list of comfort, convenience and utility features
  •   Dynamic exterior offers sleek front end design with Nissan signature design cues and available 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  •   Available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies include Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection1, Lane Departure Prevention2 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert3
  •   On sale in spring 2017

    The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is more than an extension of the popular Rogue, which accelerated past the Nissan Altima sedan in calendar year 2016 to become Nissan’s number one selling model. While sharing the Rogue name, platform and numerous advanced safety and security features, Rogue Sport stands on its own as a stylish, nimble, fun-to-drive and affordable compact SUV.

    “The combination of the new Rogue Sport and the immensely popular redesigned 2017 Rogue will appeal to a broad audience and offers a wide spectrum of features and price points for SUV buyers,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “While we expect Rogue to continue to appeal to owners with young families, Rogue Sport fills a need for singles and couples who want more space and versatility than the average sedan for everyday urban use and social activities.”

    The Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase and a 12.1-inch shorter overall length than Rogue, helping make it more maneuverable in city traffic and an ideal size for tight city parking spaces. Other helpful city adventure features range from up to 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space (2nd row seat folded) and available innovative Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System to the Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)4.

    “From Rogue Sport to Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder and all the way up to the full-size eight- passenger Armada, Nissan has the perfect SUV for any buyer,” said Bunce. “Rogue Sport holds its own with all its portfolio mates, just as expected of any vehicle that wears the Nissan badge.”

    Sporty Exterior, Premium Looking Interior

    The Rogue Sport exterior starts with an “emotional geometry” exterior design, presenting a strong contrast between dynamic movements of volume and geometric and sharp edges and details. The sleek, compact body projects powerful fender volume and a wheel-oriented stance, along with agile and robust lower body sides, giving Rogue Sport a powerful presence.

    The front is highlighted by a dynamic, sporty front grille and sophisticated headlight design with LED signature Daytime Running Lights, halogen headlights with auto off function, and available fog lights. Also available are LED low-beam headlights with auto on/off function and High Beam Assist (HBA).

The Rogue Sport exterior also features a large rear opening and a wide rear body appearance – along with sleek LED boomerang-shaped taillights and rear spoiler. Other exterior details include body-color front and rear bumpers, black wheel arches and roof molding, body-color outside mirrors with available integrated turn signals and heated outside mirrors. Also offered is a power sliding moonroof with sliding shade and roof rails. Rogue Sport has a coefficient of drag of 0.33.

The 2017 Rogue Sport is available in 10 exterior colors – led by the bold Monarch Orange and Nitro Lime. Other colors are Mocha Almond, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Palatial Ruby, Pearl White, Glacier White and Caspian Blue.

The 5-passenger Rogue Sport interior is designed to keep up with owners’ active lifestyles. It has the commanding ride height of a compact SUV combined with a driver-oriented cockpit that provides a sporty, fun-to-drive feel.

Rogue Sport incorporates Nissan’s “gliding wing” interior design, providing spatial symmetry with a sense of togetherness – combining a wide-open feeling with areas for personal space. Seating includes a standard 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with rear seat center armrest and rear seat heating/cooling center console vents. Also available are a 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather- appointed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated steering wheel. Leather-appointed seating is standard on the SL grade.

Behind the 2nd row seat is up to 22.9 cu. ft. of cargo space (up to 61.1 cu. ft. with the 2nd row seat folded down), accessible through the wide rear door. The new Rogue Sport also offers the innovative Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System (SV and SL grades). Included as standard on all grades are a cargo area cover and six luggage hooks (four floor, two side).

The instrument panel features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges and 5.0-inch center meter color display with Advanced Driver Assist Display. The front center console includes an integral armrest and storage compartment, along with a 12-volt power outlet. Rogue Sport SV and SL grades include Nissan Intelligent KeyTM with Push Button Start.

Standard interior features include SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, Siri® Eyes Free5, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant6 (compatible smartphone required) and RearView Monitor. Also available is dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The available Remote Engine Start (RES) system7 provides flexibility to start the Rogue Sport remotely using the keyless entry fob.

The 2017 Rogue Sport also has a number of available connected technology and smartphone integration features, including NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services. It offers a 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel LinkTM (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) is standard on Rogue Sport SL models. Also available is Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)4 and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)8.

Two interior colors are offered: Charcoal and Light Grey, along with available Gun Metal or Piano Black finishers.

“The Rogue Sport interior belies its affordable pricing, with use of premium materials and long list of available comfort and convenience items,” explained Bunce. “Though more compact than Rogue, the new Rogue Sport fully measures up in terms of features that make driving more enjoyable for both driver and passengers.”

2.0-liter Engine, 4-Wheel Independent Suspension, Advanced Safety Technology

The Rogue Sport, as worthy of the “Sport” name, offers balanced dynamic performance – combining a responsive, efficient 2.0-liter engine with nimble handling and cornering. Rogue Sport utilizes the same CFM (Common Module Family) platform as Rogue, and both vehicles are available in a choice of front-wheel drive or an available intuitive All-Wheel Drive system.

Every 2017 Rogue Sport comes equipped with a standard 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder rated at 141 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm. The engine features Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system, Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control) on both intake and exhaust, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated valve lifters, TCV (Tumble Control Valve) and an 11.2:1 compression ratio. The engine is matched with an Xtronic transmission with standard Eco Mode switch.

The nimble handling is the result of the 104.2-inch wheelbase and 4-wheel independent suspension – a front independent-strut suspension with stabilizer bar and twin-tube shock absorbers and multi-link independent rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. Responsive steering is provided by an Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS) with Sport setting. Four-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist are also standard.

A selection of wheels and tires are offered, depending on grade level. Rogue Sport S models are equipped with 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and 215/65R16 all-season tires; Rogue SV features 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/65017 all-season tires; and Rogue Sport SL comes with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/45R19 all-season tires. Every Rogue also offers a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with position monitoring and Nissan’s innovative Easy Fill Tire Alert.

Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard, along with a suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies, with Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control.

“While many competitors in the compact SUV segment choose a rear torsion beam suspension, Rogue Sport offers an independent rear multi-link design to provide that extra sense of dynamic performance,” said Bunce. “We believe that buyers coming into this segment, usually as first time SUV owners, still want to enjoy driving excitement and feel a connection to the road. The new Rogue Sport delivers.”

Rogue Sport, like Rogue, also offers an extensive list of advanced Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies. The list includes available radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW)9 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) 3, Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)1, and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)2. Also available are and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection1.

In addition, the list of standard safety and security features includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection; 3-point front and rear seatbelts, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors; LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren); and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS).

Three Well-Equipped Rogue Sport Models

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport comes in three well-equipped models – S, SV and SL, each in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Along with the long list of standard features found on Rogue Sport S, the Rogue Sport SV adds 17- inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/60R17 all-season tires, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Nissan Intelligent KeyTM, two additional audio system speakers, Smart Auto on/off headlights, silver finished roof rack, Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and LED turn signal indicators on the outside mirrors.

Rogue Sport SL models include leather-appointed front seats, Remote Engine Start system7, NissanConnect with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services, 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, and NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

Rogue Sport SL models also include heated front seats, seatback pocket on driver’s seat, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)4, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/45R19 all-season tires, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob.

Just five optional equipment packages are offered – S Appearance Package, SV All-Weather Package, Premium Package (SV and SL) and SL Platinum Package.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is assembled in Kyushu, Japan.


Chad Kirchner
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In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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