The name may be different, but the North American Nissan Rogue is the same car that we see in Australia with X-Trail badges.
Now, as part of the Miami Auto Show, Nissan USA has unveiled a facelifted version of the Rogue, giving the medium SUV a freshened look inside and out, new advanced safety features, and a new hybrid powertrain.
The most obvious change is up front, where the Rogue now wears a bolder interpretation of Nissan’s corporate V-motion grille with a thicker chrome frame and deeper intake pushed lower into the bumper.
New headlights and a more angular bumper with rectangular fog lights complete the look. The rear bumper is also revised for a slightly more square-set and rugged look with new smoked-lens tail lights featuring partial-LED internals.
The interior boasts a restyled centre console, new trim finishes and a new small-hub steering wheel. Depending upon the specification, features like heated cloth seats, heated steering wheel, motion-activated power tailgate, and memory seats have also been added.
Safety also gets a step-up with distance-keeping intelligent cruise control, high beam assist, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection added. The previous lane departure warning also adds lane departure prevention.
Under the bonnet, North American buyers will be offered the option of a new hybrid model joining the existing 2.5 litre petrol four cylinder. The hybrid system produces a combined 131kW thanks to 2.0 litre petrol engine and 30kW electric motor.
Both front and all-wheel-drive versions will be offered, with Nissan’s X-tronic CVT automatic the sole transmission available. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.9 l/100km for the front wheel drive hybrid on the combined cycle.
No confirmation has been given yet as to whether the cosmetic and drivetrain changes will be seen in Australia. The US-built Rogue and Japan-sourced X-Trail may share their initial designs, but that's no guarantee of what we'll see here.
Nissan, for instance, has separated the update schedules for the Altima and Pulsar, with North America getting a revision that won’t been seen locally.
The hybrid powertrain is also less likely to feature locally thanks to the availability of the frugal diesel version in Australia. We’ve contacted Nissan Australia for clarification and will update this article with its response.
UPDATE: Nissan Australia's General Manager of Corporate Communications has confirmed that the Rogue update "is indicative of what can be expected in Australia in the future", however the extent of the update for Australia, including timing and specifications is to be confirmed.
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