By on April 15, 2015


Known as the X-Trail or Qashqai in Japan and other global markets, the Nissan Rogue could soon come in hybrid form for the U.S. market.

Automotive News reports the X-Trail Hybrid could be rebadged as a Rogue Hybrid, both crossovers using a single-motor, dual-clutch hybrid system; the X-Trail Hybrid is expected to hold 40 percent of overall X-Trail sales after it goes on sale in Japan this May.

Though Nissan didn’t mention whether it had plans to sell the hybrid overseas, the crossover’s engineer, Nobusuke Toukura, said the company was thinking about a Rogue hybrid model for the United States, citing increasing consumer demand for hybrids and stricter emissions rules over the next five years.

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17 Comments on “Nissan Considering Hybrid Variant Of Rogue For US Market...”

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    I believe this is the first time that the Rogue, Qashqai (god that’s hard to type) and X-Trail have been the same car.

    I know I saw an X-Trail in Canada, and it was nothing like a contemporary Rogue at the time.

    • 0 avatar

      The normal Qashqai has a 103.5 inch wheelbase and a 170 inch length, while the Rogue has a 3 inch wheelbase stretch to 106.5 inches and 182.3 inch length.

      There is a Qashqai called the +2 with 108.7 inch wheelbase and 178.5 inch length that has 7 seats.

      So three different wheelbases and lengths on the same platform. Whereas the Rogue is super cheap inside, the Qashqais have nicer interiors and generally, diesel engines. They also look more upmarket.

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    I think any hybrid, if the initial cost were not so high, would be great IF the batteries did not intrude into spaces needed for people and cargo.
    I love the additional torque at take off.
    In fact…PLEASE bring back the Mazda rotary AND as a hybrid.

    • 0 avatar

      The C-Max is basically the same price as a comparable FWD Escape. You lose about 8-9 cu ft of storage. You also get a better vehicle.

      • 0 avatar

        Well…I test drove the Cmax twice. My wife and I both enjoyed the scootieness of it (her words). However, it seemed a whole lot smaller in the cargo area than the Escape. Not even close.
        That raised cargo floor not only took up space, but it looked stupid as a design.
        Then to hear about the range being so wrong bothers me as well.
        Not to mention the towing was non existent.

        • 0 avatar

          It’s stupid as a design, yes. What do you expect from a car that is being built as a hybrid to fullfill the Green Loans Program? It was changed late in the game from a traditionally powered vehicle to a hybrid.

          The cargo area is about 75% of the size of teh Escape. The cabin feels bigger than the Escape though because of the C-Max’s shape.

          I wouldn’t recommend the C-Max to someone that tows stuff, but I wouldn’t recommed any current hybrid to someone that tows stuff.

          Even if the range was off at the start, I still almost double the MPG of my sister in law’s Escape. She’s at 22 MPG and drives slow. I am at 42 MPG and commute on the American version of the Autobahn, with less rules and has Chrysler LH cars with a donut on and 4 different color body panels driving on it, that is known as I696 or the Walter P Ruether Freeway.

          • 0 avatar

            Other than perhaps the Toyota Highlander.
            From everything said about it and the new one purchased by my tennis partner, it seems planned as a tower.
            At least so he explains to me.
            It has the 6 plus the battery power.

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    This seems like a smart move, especially if Nissan can build a competitive hybrid. It’d probably undercut the RAV4 on price, which is also a good thing.

    • 0 avatar

      If they use the one in the Pathfinder it wont be very good. Pathfinder Hwy MPG are no higher than some non hybrids

      • 0 avatar

        Indeed. I’m sure it’d be more of an economical, Toyota-like hybrid, instead of that 2.5-liter supercharged nonsense in the Pathfinder and QX60. I sampled the QX60 with the hybrid setup and hated it. It felt much weaker than the standard VQ35DE, too. I fail to understand why you’d buy either of those cars with the hybrid powertrain.

        • 0 avatar

          as I mentioned above, what is your opinion or experience with the Highlander hybrid?
          This always had an outstanding 6, so adding a good battery and electric motor set up seems like it would be nice.
          Other than that higher price, I think I would like it.

  • avatar

    mitsubishi already did this with the Outlander PHEV

    unfortunately it cost 50% more than the gasoline version for a fantastic 50km or 30 mile range…


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I would definitely consider a hybrid Rogue; CUV fuel economy is atrocious. But a CVT gives me pause; our Optima Hybrid uses a proper 6-speed.

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