Nissan May Replace Rogue Select with Qashqai Crossover
Two-Row Qashqai Will Supplement New Rogue in Showrooms
According to a report appearing in Automotive News, Nissan USA may replace the aged Rogue Select, essentially a previous-generation Rogue, with the two-row Qashqai crossover. The move would expand Nissan’s crossover range by replacing the Rogue Select with a vehicle more akin to the company’s hotselling Rogue.
The Qashqai shares a platform and many styling details with the slightly larger Rogue, giving fleet customers and smaller families another Nissan-branded option, and the Qashqai has been selling well in the global markets in which it competes since its debut for the 2014 model year. With an upgraded interior and more attractive styling compared to the Rogue Select, we think importing the Qashqai as a lower-priced supplement to the Rogue would be a no-brainer. We’d bet it would also take the larger crossover’s name, turning Rogue into a family rather than a single model.
Automotive News also says Nissan will add a hybrid model to the Rogue lineup, expanding its appeal to a variety of customers and giving the company an entry into the small hybrid-SUV segment. Its closest current competition would arguably be the RAV4 Hybrid, although that crossover is smaller than the Rogue would be.
Along with the diversification of the Rogue line will come expanded sales, meaning Nissan will be taking advantage of its decision to import Rogues from facilities in Japan or South Korea. Currently, American-market Rogues are built domestically, but high demand for the compact SUV means the company must turn to other manufacturing plants to please its dealers and customers.
Source: Automotive News