Crossover With Two Names Grows Pricier In Mid-year Update

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
crossover with two names grows pricier in mid year update

The Nissan Rogue Sport, introduced partway into the 2017 model year, carries the Qashqai moniker north of the border, and for some reason I’ve taken to saying its name with an invisible exclamation mark. It’s like saying Seattle! — it just seems appropriate.

In a bid to boost the sub-Rogue’s safety, Nissan has unveiled a mid-year update to the little crossover, and with it a new price. Peace of mind comes with a cost.

It might not matter to many customers, as the standard safety features coming to all 2018.5 Rogue Sports are increasingly becoming must-haves. Starting right away, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert appear on all trims, with intelligent cruise control (ICC) coming standard on the uplevel SL model. You’ll also find ICC added to the SV Technology Package.

To fund this added kit, the base S model’s MSRP grows by $470, ringing in at $23,085 after delivery. Beyond this, everything remains the same throughout the model’s lineup. You’ll still find a 2.0-liter inline-four making 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque mated to a continuously variable automatic, and all wheel drive remains an option on all trims.

So far, we’re not seeing the changes coming to the U.S. model carry over into Canadian versions. The Qashqai is still listed as a 2018 model up here, where you’ll find a standard six-speed manual transmission on the base trim.

It’s too bad Nissan bundles sales of the baby Rogue with that of its larger sibling, as it makes it difficult to judge the model’s popularity in the United States. Combined, the Rogue nameplate recorded a 6.7 percent sales increase in March, with volume over the first three months of 2018 rising 14.8 percent over the same period last year.

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  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Apr 22, 2018

    Rogue. Some reason, this is always the car being driven cluelessly.....when I was a kid, a classic Cadillac with an old guy wearing a hat was a symbol to get around this car ASAP. Today, a Rogue is a must avoid-like a Prius, I've never seen on well driven.

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Apr 22, 2018

    Maybe Kicks will kill Sentra and Versa? Gosh darn it that Sentra NISMO all for $$$ nothing... Eventually they'd NISMO Rogue/Sport... Never driven a Rogue. The SL with leather & wood looked appealing in a dealer's lot. Not at all keen on Nissan NA pallet. The only colors Rogue looks good in are metallic blue or burgundy. The rest meh.

  • Sgeffe Honda should breathe a sigh of relief! This makes the decimation of the Cam..”Accord”..look like a bathroom accident! Funny thing, as was pointed out, that apparently mirroring the user’s phone wasn’t the be-all end-all! What a disgrace! 😂
  • Wayne no one ever accused Mary Teresa Barra of being smart
  • Mike1041 I’m sure that it’s cheaper to install a Google system than pay for Apple and android. Simple cost reduction with all the pr crap to make the user think it’s better
  • MKizzy A highly visible steering wheel lock is the best deterrent when the H/K thieves are amateurs looking for a joyride. The software fix may be effective in keeping an H/K car where you parked it, but I doubt most wannabe kia boyz will bother checking for the extra window sticker before destroying the window and steering column. Also, I guarantee enough H/K drivers won't bother getting either the software fix or a steering column lock to keep these cars popular theft targets for years to come. Therefore, any current H/K owners using a steering column lock should consider continuing to do so for the long term.
  • Jack For me, this would be a reason for rejection if considering a purchase of one of these overgrown golf carts.