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 NissanÕs 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.

Nissan has pulled the wraps off the sister version of the Rogue, the Nissan Rogue Sport. Essentially a Qashqai that’s been given American number plates, it slots under its bigger, seven-seater sibling – which is basically an X-Trail by another name – but above the Juke.

The “emotional geometry” exterior design is practically identical to the Qashqai, with a sportier, more extroverted look compared to the Rogue. The only differences compared to the car the rest of the world gets are the boomerang LED tail lights, with dark red lenses echoing the facelifted Rogue. Halogen headlights with daytime running lights come as standard, with automatic LED units available as an option.

Inside, the five-seater Rogue Sport features the company’s “gliding wing” design that is similar to the standard Rogue. Luggage space stands at 648 litres, expandable to 1,730 litres with the rear seats folded. A Divide-N-Hide adjustable boot floor is available on SV and SL trims.

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 NissanÕs 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 Rogue Sport is available in S, SV and SL trim levels, both available in either front- or four-wheel drive forms. The mid-spec SV adds 17-inch alloy wheels, the aforementioned LED headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone auto climate control and a six-speaker sounds system.

Meanwhile, the top SL model throws in 19-inch alloys, fog lights, heated leather seats, Remote Engine Start, a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and an Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD). Other optional extras include a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Power comes from a 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder engine that produces 141 hp at 6,000 rpm and 199 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, matched to an Xtronic CVT. Under the skin, you’ll find MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, along with electric power steering and four-wheeled disc brakes.

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 NissanÕs 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.

Safety-wise, the Rogue Sport comes as standard six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control, along with LATCH child seat anchors – essentially the US version of ISOFIX.

Also available with a Nissan’s Intelligent Safety Shield driver assist systems such as Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Rear Cross Traffic Assist (RCTA), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP). Pedestrian detection for the FEB system is also optional, as is Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC).