VIDEO - Compact 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Makes Official Appearance in Detroit
Nissan’s Hotselling Crossover Gets Qashqai-Inspired Bob Job
According to Nissan, the Rogue crossover is now its bestselling model, and the company is keen to keep the momentum rolling by bringing out a new variant, the Rogue Sport. Essentially a U.S.-market version of the Qashqai compact crossover, the Rogue Sport is smaller in every dimension than the regular Rogue, with a more efficient powertrain and jauntier styling.
Aft of the A-pillar, the Rogue Sport is all-new compared to the Rogue. Shorter front and rear doors betray a wheelbase that’s been decreased by 2.3 inches, and overall length is down by more than a foot thanks to a stubbier rear overhang. Width drops 0.1-inch, and overall height is down 5.6 inches.
Interior space suffers when playing the numbers game, with less headroom, legroom, and hip room, but in person, our 6-foot-tall staffer was able to fit comfortably in back with a similarly sized adult sitting up front. Rear seat space is more commodious than the numbers suggest, and the Rogue Sport’s interior accommodations fall closer to the conventional Rogue than they do the subcompact Juke. Cargo space behind the rear seats sits at 22.9 cubic feet, expanding to 61.1 boxes with the rear seats folded.
Motoring the Rogue Sport down the highway is a direct-injected 2.0L I-4 that produces 141 hp and 147 lb-ft, down from the 170 and 175 that the Rogue’s 2.5L I-4 makes. As on most small Nissans, the Rogue Sport routes its power through a CVT, and the little crossover is available with front- or all-wheel drive. A four-wheel independent suspension on both powertrains is standard, a claim that cannot be made by the Juke or many of its competitors.
One thing that demarcates the Rogue Sport is a long list of available safety features, adopted from the “big” Rogue. Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technology includes forward collision mitigation and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic monitoring. Such features make the Rogue Sport one of the most comprehensively equipped compact SUVs on the market.
With somewhat lighter weight than the Rogue (official numbers have yet to be released) and a smaller engine, the Rogue Sport should achieve respectable fuel economy. Expect it to eclipse its big brother by around 2 mpg in each metric. We’d wager on 27-28 mpg in the city and 34-36 mpg on the highway. Hopefully, the shorter wheelbase imbues the Rogue Sport with responsive handling, and we’re sure its diminished stature will be a boon in tight city confines. It’s in these spaces that the Rogue Sport will surely shine.