Nissan Rogue Hybrid Imminent, Qashqai Replacing Rogue Select

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
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Nissan will add a hybrid powertrain to the Rogue and bring the smaller, European Qashqai to the U.S., AutoGuide is reporting.

A few days ago, we reported that Nissan would be ending production of the last-generation Rogue in Japan, which is sold as the Rogue Select in the United States. Now it appears the Qashqai will effectively replace the Rogue Select in Nissan’s lineup, giving the Japanese automaker another small crossover to sell stateside.

And Nissan is selling the snot out of crossovers in the U.S.

Nissan made rumblings about a hybrid Rogue back in April and it believes the already huge market hasn’t yet been tapped.

“We haven’t hit the ceiling yet. We have more opportunity there if we can get our dealers more [crossovers],” Fred Diaz said, Nissan’s senior vice president of U.S. sales, said according to AutoGuide.

The Qashqai is built on a similar platform as the Rogue, but is 10 inches shorter, and also sports a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that may or may not make the ride over to the states.

No word yet on whether Canada will be getting the Qashqai.

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  • John R John R on Jul 13, 2015

    This is a good move. Qashqais were all over the place in Panama when I was down there last. Also, relative to their competition, they're fairly handsome in the flesh.

  • Carguy Carguy on Jul 13, 2015

    Good move by Nissan. Demand for compact SUV is still rising and the Quashqai is an great (if not unpronounceable) way to meet it.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 13, 2015

    Holy latte hipster junction, Batman! Now there's an on-trend commercial! I love my new Kash-Cow! ...I want to punch everyone in there, with some localvore sourced PBA-free gloves on. So this is the HRV competitor. I'll say this, it's better looking than the HRV. I saw my first one this past weekend, and it caught my eye in all black. It looks rather cheap and dated to my eye, like it was conceived in 2004. By Hyundai.

    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jul 13, 2015

      Almost anything is better looking than the HR-V, but admittedly, the Rogue and Qashquai are 2 good-looking CUVs and 2 of the better current Nissan designs.

  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Jul 13, 2015

    IMHO, Qashqai is too close to the word "quash", which probably won't go over well with CUV buyers, who apparently live in fear of being "quashed" on the roadways by semis or even larger more expensive SUVs. How about the Xterra II?

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    • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Jul 13, 2015

      @28-Cars-Later To me, Xterra II harkens back to the mid-80s when the Bronco II, S10 Blazer, and XJ Cherokee effectively launched the SUV/CUV craze by casting themselves as more practical versions of their rugged bigger brothers. Throw in some Xterra styling cues and this situation could be analogous.