Nissan Rogue Warrior On Track to Put Winter in its Place
Not wanting to let the Nissan Titan XD have all the fun, the company applied the Warrior treatment to the Rogue compact crossover, unveiled at the Montreal International Auto Show. Mother Nature’s snowy, windy cooperation made the Canadian debut of a four-tracked all-wheel-drive crossover very fitting.
By ditching the Rogue’s all-season tires for 15-inch–wide snow tracks, Nissan turned its popular crossover into a snow-conquering monster. The tracks provide hard-biting traction and extra ground clearance, and their width helps them float across the snow’s surface like snowshoes. The Warrior uses a Dominator track system, custom-installed by Motorsports in Action. The company also made adjustments to the suspension and applied custom fender flaps and other minor body modifications.
Otherwise, Nissan is keen to point out the Warrior is otherwise a totally stock Rogue. The company’s all-wheel-drive system, engine, and CVT transmission are dealership-fresh. Combined with the high-grip tracks, the powertrain enables the Warrior to hit 62 mph and scale a 45-degree grade, with 23 unbelievable inches of ground clearance.
The company showed its new toy off on YouTube today, releasing a video of the Warrior playing around in a ski resort. Olivier Bédard, Nissan Micra Cup champion, shows up to a crowded lift line in the Warrior, giving frustrated skiers and snowboarders a ride to the top of the hill. We have to admit, the crossover looks really good thrashing around in the deep powder.
Will Nissan put the Rogue Warrior into production? Not even remotely likely. The cost of a track system like that of the Warrior goes into the thousands, which wouldn’t be worth the limited appeal a snow bunny like this might have. Still, it’s fun to dream.