The Japanese automaker has decided to introduce the existing Qashqai to the American audience during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, albeit with a different name – Rogue Sport.
Slotting in between the Juke and regular Rogue, the Rogue Sport is practically no different from the Qashqai sold elsewhere – and the new name only carries in the US, not Canada, which is getting the regular Qashqai nameplate. The Rogue Sport is no different than the European Qashqai in terms of design, and being smaller than the Rogue means it will appeal to urban dwellers even more. The interior is also a carry-over, with a three-spoke steering wheel, the company’s touchscreen infotainment system and lots of equipment despite being a “baby” Rogue. The entry Rogue Sport S has standard LED running and taillights, 16-inch wheels, a backup camera, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.
The SL also packs 17-inch wheels, roof rails, push-button start, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone auto climate control, and a six-speaker sound system. The flagship SLE gets 19-inch wheels, fog lights, heated mirrors, remote start, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree SurroundView camera system, and navigation. The powertrain choice is singular – 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four, with 141 horsepower (105 kilowatts) and 147 pound-feet of torque (108 Newton-meters). The well known continuously variable transmission with an eco-mode is also present and a choice of front or all-wheel drive.