2017 Nissan Rogue Debuts at Miami Auto Show

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There are regional auto shows all across the country, but some of them are gigantic, sprawling monstrosities that are impossible to fully explore. Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles all have huge shows that will wear you out in minutes. Then there are the smaller auto shows, which is where Miami falls.

It doesn’t have the same flash, the same over-the-top displays, or the same number of big debuts, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less interesting to attend. This year’s show kicked off Friday night with the debut of the 2017 Nissan Rogue on a parking garage rooftop.

That counts as a pretty grand and flashy sight and it came complete with music, food, drinks, and a very Miami-vibe. It was a great way to kick off the auto show and it’s a big deal for Nissan. Crossovers and SUVs are the vehicles of the moment, so when they redesign one they can’t afford to mess it up.

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Nissan not only redesigned the Rogue, they added a new hybrid engine. It’s a part of their strategy to increase market share and it stands a good chance of working. Sales of the existing Rogue have been so strong they expect it to be their top-selling vehicle by the end of September.

Executive Vice President Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, and Chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. José Muñoz talked about how important the Rogue is to Nissan. It’s their #YearoftheTruck and that puts vehicles like the Rogue in the spotlight. The introduction of the hybrid gives them an even stronger position in the market.

He said the hybrid wasn’t in reaction to customers saying they were searching for a hybrid Rogue, but rather an outreach to hybrid buyers in general. People who want a hybrid tend to put that at the top of their list rather than a brand or a model, then look at what’s available. Now they’ll have the Rogue as an option, but Nissan expects their biggest seller will still be the gasoline-powered model.

The standard gas engine is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy estimates are 26 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway.

Opt for the Rogue Hybrid and you’ll have a 2.0-liter gas engine with 141 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque and a 40-horsepower electric motor. Net horsepower is 176, which is higher than the gas engine. Fuel economy is estimated at 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

You can choose from either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive in either model, but you will take a slight fuel economy hit in the all-wheel drive variant. It’ll be worth it, however, when winter arrives and you can still get out of the office parking lot on a snowy day.

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Pricing hasn’t been announced, but should be coming soon as the dealerships will be getting the new Rogue shortly. The gas model will be out this fall while the hybrid will make its debut closer to the end of the year.

Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin