Upcoming Nissan Rogue Due for a Power, Economy Bump

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
upcoming nissan rogue due for a power economy bump

The Nissan Rogue compact crossover might not be everyone’s idea of a fun ride, to say the least, but it’s a crucial product for the automaker that builds it. By far Nissan’s best selling vehicle in North America, the Rogue is key to the automaker’s comeback hopes.

Maybe comeback is too strong a word…

Fiscal stabilization. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

As production schedules and launch dates suffer from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Nissan is readying a new generation of Rogue. Apparently we can’t expect something exciting, powertrain-wise, right out of the gate, but that doesn’t mean things won’t change under the 2021 Rogue’s hood.

According to a document meant for fleet customers’ eyes, the updated Rogue due for 2021 will receive a modest boost in potency. The document seen by CarsDirect shows an output of 180 horsepower, up from the current generation’s 170 hp. Torque will rise 9 foot-pounds, from 175 to 184.

This sounds like a direct injection 2.5-liter four-cylinder, like that found in the new-for-2019 Altima sedan, so the engine’s displacement and makeup (minus its fuel delivery system) will remain generally the same as previous.

Expected to ride atop a revised version of the previous-gen’s architecture, the 2021 Rogue is an important product for Nissan. Despite the overall slump experienced by Nissan (and indeed, the U.S. market as a whole) in 2019, some 350,447 Americans still showed up to buy an aging compact crossover from Nissan last year. That’s down 15 percent from the previous year, but the Rogue had no shortage of competition.

A bonus stemming from a rejigged engine is a slight increase in fuel economy — 30 mpg combined in front-drive guise, according to the doc seen by CarsDirect. An increase of just 1 mpg, yes, but a significant 1 mpg from an advertising and competition standpoint.

At this point, there’s no indication the next Rogue will don a hybrid drivetrain like that seen in the very short-lived current-gen variant. Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid tech remains a point of interest for Nissan and, with rivals like Toyota, Ford, and Honda all heading down the optional electrification road, it wouldn’t be odd to see Nissan go this route. That said, if Nissan bean counters don’t see decent volume in such an endeavor, forget it. Let the companies sitting on fatter stacks go after that crowd.

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  • Digitaldoc Digitaldoc on May 05, 2020

    The Rogue has been essentially lackluster, and devoid of any performance aspirations across two generations, and it looks like this will continue unabated. Nissan could lose that uninspired, corporate and underpowered 2.5NA, and replace it with their 2.0T, and swap the CVT for, well just about anything else. Would be the Asian answer to the Audi Q3, but they won't do it, as Nissan is quite shortsighted these days. Hope their sales continue to plummet if they keep making the same terrible crossover.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on May 05, 2020

    What's the vintage on that Musk pic at the top? Lately he looks like they put a Schrader valve in his butt and added about 50 psi inflation pressure.

  • ChristianWimmer Sunak has apparently done this because his political party has lost so much support. Once the brainless masses flock to his political party again the trap will spring shut and bam - the ICE ban will be attempted to get pushed through even quicker.Honestly, Europe right now is a complete CR** HOLE thanks to the EU.Did anyone hear of the EU’s plans to make driving even more unattractive? A French Green Party politician introduced some really perverted ideas under the guise of “Vision Zero” (Zero deaths from driving in the EU) and of course the climate hysteria…1) If you just received your driver’s license you can not drive faster than 90 km/h - basically you’re stuck behind trucks on highways or can’t even overtake them on normal roads.2) If you are 60 years old, your license is only valid for 7 more years. If you are 70 years old, 5 years. If you’re 80 years old, 2 years. You are required to “renew” your license (and pay for it yourself) which will also determine if you are still fit to drive.3) The standard B driver’s license here allows you to drive vehicles up to 3.5 tons in weight. Under this idiotic proposal from that French nutjob, those 3.5 tons will decrease to 1.8 tons meaning that you can’t legally even drive a Tesla Model 3…
  • ToolGuy I blame Canada.
  • Syke This is one of those days when you come up with an article that I just live to comment on. I'm retired from (but still working at three half days a week - retirement was boring) Richmond Honda House, a Honda/Yamaha/Can-Am/Sea Doo dealership. No, I'm not a mechanic. I'm the guy who handles all the recall/warranty claims. Which between the three major brands, and a couple of small Asian brands is enough to keep me busy for about fourteen business hours split across Tuesday thru Thursday. Yes, the Spyders are reliable, but when they do break down they can be a nightmare due to you have to have a laptop plugged into one to do most kinds of service. First hint: You absolutely do not want to do massive aftermarket sound system upgrades to a Spyder. We've had nightmares with them in the past. I swear half our original customers back in the 2008-2010 period bought theirs to turn into a three-wheeled boom box, which would invariably cause voltage fluctuations in the electrical system, thus driving the various black boxes wonky and causing all sorts of problems.Those of you who decry computerization in modern automobiles will find that the Spyder is even more so. I've noticed that the Spyder has gotten a lot better since Bombardier dropped the original V-twin engine (same one that Aprilia used on their 1000's when they first came into the country) in favor of the current triple. Mechanical repairs to the drivetrain have definitely gone down.Used? The more recent models seem to have good reliability. No, not as good as the current Gold Wing, or any generation Gold Wing for that matter, but definitely within acceptable parameters. The older ones, especially the original 2008-2010 models, I'd recommend staying away from. How bad? During the 2008 recession, when motorcycle dealers were desperately hanging on, my office at Honda House was the single best cash flow for the company, totally because of warranty claims and recalls from the original models. Yes, Bombardier has gotten an awful lot better.Oh yeah, the company itself it decent to deal with on a business and support level. From my office, they're my favorite of the three, slightly ahead of Yamaha, and a night and day improvement over Honda. All you have to remember is that you're not dealing with Canadians, you're dealing with Quebecois. Yes, there's a difference, I was married to one for thirteen years.
  • Sgeffe How does this compare to something like the Polaris Slingshot?
  • Lou_BC I just don't like the C - pillar lines. The rear window doesn't flow with the roofline.