Nissan is as invested in the crossover movement as any full-line manufacturer, and a big part of Nissan's lineup strategy is the Rogue Sport subcompact crossover. To keep consumers interested and let the competition know it's not resting on its laurels, Nissan is treating the popular Rogue Sport subcompact crossover to a minor makeover for the 2020 model year.
A redesigned front fascia features a new hood teamed with Nissan's by now familiar Vmotion grille and bumper treatment, moving the 2020 Rogue Sport away from the comparatively conservative approach of the current model. The sharply chiseled headlamps include LED running lights, and the taillamps are of an entirely new design that echoes that of the front. A set of 19-inch alloy wheels look contemporary while managing to exude an unmistakably Nissan vibe. Two new metallic exterior colors, Nitro Lime and Monarch Orange, enhance the Rogue Sport's newly established extroverted personality.
Nissan ups the Rogue Sport's safety quotient as well, making its Safety Shield 360 technology standard on every trim level from the base S to the mid-level SV to the top-tier SL; previously it was offered only on the SL and SV. Essentially, this system combines automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automated rear braking, lane-departure warning, radar-based blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist into a single package. Nissan's ProPilot driver-assistance system will be an option, too, as will an upgraded nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The powertrain continues unchanged; the new Rogue Sport continues to rely on the proven 141-hp 2.0-liter inline-four engine and Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for both front- and all-wheel-drive versions.
Look for the 2020 Rogue Sport to hit showrooms in the fall of 2019. Pricing has not yet been divulged.
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