The 2017 model year will come with a revamped 2017 Nissan Rogue. The car had an exterior and interior update, as well as some new tech and safety features. A pretty big bunch of tweaks on the Rogue model, all for the same reason. To make the Rogue an even more attractive compact crossover and compete in the crowded crossover segment. Ultimate goal: to make it the best-selling Nissan automobile in the United States. To achieve this two more luxurious trims have been added, to attract the buyers in the higher financial class as well.
As for the Rogue itself, we can only say we’re happy that its segment is so full of competition. Really, anyone buying a crossover these days can rest assured that they’re getting good value for their money. Especially if that crossover is a revamped 2017 Nissan Rogue, the vigilant of the free market. The final attempt is the addition of a hybrid model to the Rogue’s line-up.
The front and rear of the Nissan Rogue received the most updates. In the front, immediately visible is the large V-motion grille, which used to be much smaller. The front logo also increased in size a bit. Underneath the chrome V-motion is a darker line, which nicely connects to the lower air vent.
Although the headlights retain the same overall shape, they are actually larger than the last and feature different LED lamps. Down below the foglights have turned into a somewhat rectangular design instead of the previous round ones.
The side of the 2017 Nissan Rogue remains virtually unchanged. The rear has some differences, like a new set of taillights.
Like on the Rogue’s exterior, all the details have been turned up a notch. The steering wheel is different and looks more regular now. The last wheel had a funky driplike shape and the new one takes on a more generic look. Finally, it’s optional to get a heated wheel.
Furthermore, the buttons for operating the infotainment system received an update to improve functionality. The infotainment screen itself remains the optional 7.0 inch and standard 5.0 inch screen from last year.Its software however did get an update, more on that under Tech specs.
Then, the rest of the center console is revamped too. Some piano black accents have been added and the shifting stick is now wrapped in leather. It’s a good thing Nissan said goodbye to the plastic unit from last year’s Rogue. It really is astonishing how much difference such a seemingly tiny detail can make.
Besides the dashboard, the seats are brand new and worth the discussion. The seats are made into more comfortable and ergonomic parts, with French stitching. The highest trim even offers a contrast accenting colour for the seats. The lowest trim also get a new choice option on the cloth seat material and seat heaters are optional on both leather and cloth.
Standard is a four speaker AM/FM/CD sound system, or 6 on the Rogue SV. Optional on higher trims and standard on the Rogue SL is a BOSE audio system with nine speakers.
Of course, the regular 2017 Nissan Rogue offers seven seats, like the previous model. Five full-sized seats and two seats that offer space for the younger passengers. The middle and back row can fold down for cargo space and even the passenger seat can fold down completely. The hybrid unfortunately won’t offer the three rows. Another vehicle that offers seven seats is and a wonderful exterior is the giant full-sized 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.
On to the part that powers this vehicle. The gasoline engine from last year carries over unchanged. This is a 2.5 liter four cylinder that’s good for 170 horsepower. The engine is designed to make for a smooth and most of all, efficient ride. It is produced fully from aluminium and comes with a Continually Variable Transmission, named Xtronic by Nissan.
Then, let’s see what the 2017 Nissan Rogue hybrid has to offer in the powertrain department. The gasoline engine is a 2.0 liter internal combustion engine with 16 valves and constructed solely from aluminium. The engine makes 141 horsepower and besides that, there’s a li-ion battery with a 30 kW electric motor. That one offers an additional 40 hp, when combined with the gas engine this adds up to 176 hp.
The hybrid battery is recharged by the car’s regenerative braking system and looks at better fuel efficiency than the non-hybrid Rogue. The hybrid is available with AWD or FWD, the first comes some months later than the initial release. The Xtronic CVT system is also present on the hybrid.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue also comes with an extensive 100 mile warranty, like the biggest and most important 2017 Nissan Titan does as well.
The final department in which the 2017 Nissan Rogue can surprise us is of course the technology area.
To start off, the CVT transmission comes with Driver Mode Settings: Eco, Normal and Sport. Don’t get your hopes up too high for the Sport Mode, with 170 hp the Nissan Rogue is far from a racing monster.
Tech features regarding the infotainment system are things like smartphone integration in the form of NissanConnectSM. This system, with Navigation and Mobile Apps included is standard on Rogue SL and optional on Rogue SV. It consists of the 7.0 inch touch screen, Nissan Voice Recognition, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM TravelLink. The SiriusXM subsciption, necessary to operate these features has to be bought separately.
NissanConnect Services also make use of SiriusXM, is standard on Rogue SL and offers services like Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Call and Stolen Vehicle Locator. The NissanConnect Services best feature is probably Remote Access, which offers remote locking and unlocking of the car.
2017 Nissan Rogue safety features
The safety department is well equipped with Nissan’s Safety Shield. This consists of radar-based Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. For 2017 these features are standard on a lower trim than last year, so that’s certainly a step forward! Other safety features, either optional or standard are Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.
Then, all new for 2017 are Intelligent Cruise Control and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. ICC uses radar and even brakes autonomously to maintain distance to the vehicle ahead. Pedestrian Detection uses a camera to recognize human shapes and brake accordingly.
Furthermore, The Nissan Rogue comes with an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. The all-round cameras offer a 360° view of objects around the automobile. The cameras can zoom in to the front, rear and curb, to allow the driver to perfectly see how much space is left when parking. All these safety features help the Rogue compete to another seven-seater, the spectacular redesign of the 2018 Kia Sorento.
Price, release and sale date
The 2017 Nissan Rogue S starts at $23,820. One trim higher, the Rogue SV starts at $25,240 and then comes the Rogue SL at $29,960.
The Rogue SV Hybrid starts at $26,240 and the Rogue SL Hybrid at $31,160.
The car will go on sale all across the United States in the spring of 2017.
February 2nd, 2017
Current pricing information has been added.