Nissan Rogue facelift unveiled – X-Trail to follow suit?

2017 Nissan Rogue SL

The Nissan Rogue has been given a facelift for the 2017 model year, getting a new look inside and out, added safety features and a new hybrid model. Seeing as the Rogue is essentially the US-market version of the X-Trail, it would be interesting to see if our model will get this facelift, too. We wouldn’t hold our breath, however, as there has been no word on whether the Sylphy and Teana will also get the updates accorded to their respective American Sentra and Altima models.

So, on to the updates – the Rogue receives a bolder version of Nissan’s V-motion grille, flanked by redesigned headlights with twin LED projectors; the front bumper also gets a more aggressive design, integrating the fog lights. At the rear, there are new, darker tail lights with LED boomerang light guides and a reprofiled rear bumper. New 19-inch alloy wheels and chrome side and rear strips complete the look.

Inside, the Rogue benefits from a new flat-bottomed steering wheel from the new Serena, stitched dashboard trim ahead of the front passenger, a revised gearlever with a leather boot and new upholstery options. Seat heating and remote engine start are now standard on the mid-spec SV model, while a steering wheel heater, seat and mirror memory and a hands-free Motion-Activated Tailgate have been added as options.

Safety-wise, the optional Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) now includes a Pedestrian Detection function, while radar-guided Intelligent Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) has been added to the arsenal. Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is also now standard on the SV, while the range-topping SL model gains the new High-Beam Assist.

The mechanicals have been carried over, so the standard powertrain remains a 2.5 litre QR25DE four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 hp at 6,000 rpm and 237 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, mated to an Xtronic CVT. All models get front-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive an option as before.

New for 2017 is the Rogue Hybrid, essentially utilising the X-Trail Hybrid‘s Intelligent Dual Clutch system. At its heart sits a 2.0 litre MR20DD direct-injected engine making 141 hp and 195 Nm, which is linked to a 40 hp/160 Nm electric motor via a clutch; another clutch connects this motor to the Xtronic CVT. In all, the system makes a combined power output of 176 hp.

Fuel consumption is rated at 7.1 litres per 100 km in the city, 6.7 litres per 100 km on the highway and 6.9 litres per 100 km combined, while all-wheel drive models get 7.6 l/100 km, 6.9 l/100 km and 7.1 l/100 km respectively. Both figures compare well to the standard 2WD Rogue’s 9.0 l/100 km (city), 7.1 l/100 km (highway) and 8.1 l/100 km (combined) ratings.

Nissan claims the lithium-ion battery can quickly charge and discharge, allowing precise control of the electric motor and clutch operation. Because of the battery’s location, the boot swallows 773 litres instead of the standard Rogue’s 804 litres.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • ETCM running joke on Sep 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    ETCM will bring it in with 3 inch after market touch screen, 1 airbag, 1 wheel and 5000 types Nismo plastic options. YAY plastics!

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  • wawasan2020 on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    looks like the all new murano ..or maybe nowadays all cars maker started to create all range by one design..

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  • I just want six airbags in Malaysian version.. Can ah?

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  • 1Love on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Have a safe journey.

    but X-trail only 2 airbags :((

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  • I am very sure an ETCM product planner is reading this page right now to gauge comments on this for the eventual Malaysian X-Trail Facelift. So listen up.

    Give us a 2.0l Hybrid 4WD/AWD. 5 seats is OK, make sure all leather. LED lights front and back. Give us the same nice looking wheels. Give better sound insulation. Price it way below the regular 2.5l 4WD 7 seater for differentiation. Make sure the head unit supports Apple Carplay/Android Auto, like what Honda is offering in the Civic and new Accord. People want Spotify in their car now you know.

    Most, most importantly, give us at least 6 damn airbags. You want to sell more cars right? Build cars that we want to buy and not what you want to sell.

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    • Dr Ang on Sep 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Liddat…open your own Car Company.

      Apa lagi lu mau…mau High spec lagi murah.

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    • If want 5seats with everything inside at gud price, then go for new CRV lor.

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  • Mondo on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    No…thanks ETCM….will stick to CX5 with adequate safety features

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  • 2 airbags only on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Xtrail has everything except 6 airbags. Just cant understand how a 5+2 seater family SUV only comes with 2 airbags in this day and age. How to carry your precious cargo of loved ones in it then.

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  • johorian on Sep 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Nissan has all the models and potential to overtake non-nation car sales BUT….etcm sucks.

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  • Hi,
    Australia is getting the facelift model in May 2017. Any insight when ETCM will launch for Malaysia version? Same timing?

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  • Hi,
    Australia will launch the facelift version in May 2017. Any idea when ETCM will bring the facelift to Malaysia? Q2 2017 as well?

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  • exCivic on Mar 13, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Nissan is a good brand in Japan. But in malaysia ETCM has put quality and after-sales service is very bad. 8 months x-trail air cond problem not solved. No more nissan ..

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