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.