2019 Chicago Auto Show – 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Gets a Little Plastic Surgery
More Standard Features Coming to Little SUV
We’re fans of the Nissan Rogue Sport, a smallish compact SUV that boasts nippy driving dynamics and reasonable efficiency while still offering decent passenger and cargo space. But Nissan wisely won’t leave well enough alone and is giving the Rogue Sport an update for 2020, as seen at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2020 Rogue Sport’s most obvious changes reside on the front clip, where wider headlights, a new hood, and a more aggressive V-Motion grille make their presence known. The sinister headlights also feature a technical-looking LED signature that sweeps across the top of the lamp before kinking its way down against the grille. Nissan’s top-spec Rogue Sport SL shown in Chicago also boasts an exciting new 19-inch wheel design that we love. Around the back, there are new taillights that help the rear view match the front. Nissan will also offer the Rogue Sport in two bold, new colors: Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic, suiting the crossover’s youthful, exuberant styling.
In addition to the styling changes, the Rogue Sport will also receive a wider roster of standard features. Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams, will be standard on every Rogue Sport trim level for 2020, including the base S model. Before now, it was standard only on the SV and SL.
We’ve driven the outgoing Rogue Sport a few times and came away satisfied with its performance. Although its 141hp, 2.0L I-4 and continuously variable transmission won’t set anyone’s hair on fire, the little SUV is still a pretty fun commuter. Its new, modern styling and extra driver-assist content for 2020 will do nothing to change that.