By on August 19, 2020

Nissan unveiled the next-generation Rogue earlier this year, revealing a taller-looking, butched-up CUV with a newly direct-injected four-cylinder engine under hood. Arriving for 2021, the embattled automaker’s bread-and-butter crossover had best resonate with customers.

But that’s not the only crossover shoe dropping for 2021. Overlooked as it is, there’ll be a new take on the Rogue Sport, too.

Filling the space between the compact Rogue and subcompact (and remarkably uncomplicated) Kicks, the Rogue Sport’s sales health is hard to gauge. Nissan North America doesn’t separate the two shared-namesake CUVs on its sales ledger, making for difficult analysis.

The Rogue Sport doesn’t get a lot of press. Reviews seem scarce. The model’s deficiencies in both size and power have been well aired, but it remains a valuable gap-filler, albeit one that could use some work. While it does offer all-wheel drive, many observers, including members of the TTAC chatroom, can’t quite figure out why a buyers would look at this model over a Kicks or a Rogue. Those two models seems to have their respective segments well covered.

All that said, the little CUV (sold in Canada and overseas as the Qashqai) is ready for another kick at the can, appearing in spy photos wearing new bodywork while retaining similar dimensions as before.

Edmunds, which published some of those photos, posits that the Rogue Sport will keep its current platform, but there’s a good chance the current naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder (141 horsepower, 147 lb-ft of torque) will be swapped in favor of the slightly healthier unit found in the new-for-2020 Sentra. That 2.0L makes 149 hp and 145 lb-ft in that application.

It’s likely we’ll see the new Rogue Sport before the end of the year. For Nissan, the faster it can get new product on the market, the better.

[Image: Nissan]

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12 Comments on “You Know, There’s Still Another Rogue on the Way...”


  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Just what the world needs.

    Nissan: The World’s Most Forgettable Vehicles

    • 0 avatar
      notapreppie

      Except the Juke.

      Say what you will about it being ugly, it’s memorable. An urban runabout Cute-Ute with a 190 HP turbo motor is appealing to me. Just wish it hadn’t been so hideous and cheap-feeling.

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    You know, that’s a stupid way to write a headline.

  • avatar
    deanst

    “ many observers, including members of the TTAC chatroom, can’t quite figure out why a buyers would look at this model over a Kicks or a Rogue”

    When introduced in Canada , it had a manual transmission and cost under $20,000. I can’t figure out why anyone would look at the Rogue or Kicks. If you can’t hate a Nissan CVT, what can you hate?

  • avatar

    Nissan’s SUVs remain of their GM counterparts without the rubbish interiors.

  • avatar
    Verbal

    Is there no end of these potato cars?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I like the Rogue Sport, at least on paper and up close. I just wish it had a different name to distinguish it from the… Rogue.

    Maybe Nissan should have used “Rogue One” and “Rogue Two”. Heh.

    • 0 avatar
      Varezhka

      I know it has been the industry standard for a while, but I wonder who was it that started the “Sport” as the smaller variant thing.

      “Rogue One” and “Rogue Two” would be funny, though I’m sure I’ll never be able to remember which is which. Nissan do already have the “Qashqai” and the “Dualis” (and its “Crosslander” variant) names for its various markets, but I guess they wanted to save on the US marketing cost?

      • 0 avatar
        conundrum

        Hyundai started it. Sante Fe Sport and Santa Fe.

        In the rest of the world, the “Rogue Sport” model is called the Qashqai.

        • 0 avatar
          tankinbeans

          I can’t look at a Rogue Sport without recalling the Top Gear episode where they were talking about the Cumquat.

          Sport seems to be one of the suffixes that means different things to different companies. In Mazdaland it means base and connotes that the vehicle doesn’t have all the things, while Subaru/Honda gives a little extra kit and I’m sure I’m missing others.

  • avatar
    2manycars

    Those stupid things aren’t real Rogues. THIS is a Rogue:

    https://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/introducing-the-1966-rambler-rogue/

  • avatar
    RHD

    It’s still much better looking than the Canoo.
    And you can get it in colors other than black and mottled-skin black.

    Agreed, though. It’s one more of what we already have many dozens of to choose from.

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