Crossover With Two Names Grows Pricier In Mid-year Update

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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.

  • Stephen Never had such a problem with my Toyota products.
  • Vulpine My first pickup truck was a Mitsubishi Sport... able to out-accelerate the French Fuego turbo by Renault at the time. I really liked the brand back then because they built a model for every type of driver, including the rather famous 300/3000GT AWD sports car (a car I really wanted, but couldn't afford.)
  • Vulpine A sedan version of either car makes it no longer that car. We've already seen this with the Mustang Mach-E and almost nobody acknowledges it as a Mustang.
  • Vulpine Not just Chevy, but GM has been shooting itself in the foot for the last three decades. They've already had to be rescued once in that period, and if they keep going as they are, they will need another rescue... assuming the US govt. will willing to lose more money on them.
  • W Conrad Sedans have been fine for me, but I were getting a new car, it would be an SUV. Not only because less sedans available, but I can't see around them in my sedan!