Nissan’s redesign of its flagship Rogue model provides an improved portfolio of relatives-pleasant technologies anticipated of a crossover.
But also noteworthy is what Nissan’s quantity-main nameplate will not present — a hybrid powertrain.
When the new 2021 Rogue launches this drop, it will present a solitary powertrain: a two.five-liter inline four-cylinder motor. That is in distinction to Nissan’s opponents in the crucial compact crossover section that are doubling down on fuel-sipping electrified autos.
Three of the Rogue’s largest rivals — the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V — are readily available with hybrid powertrains. At instances, Nissan’s Rogue has outsold all of them.
But the market is switching.
Hybrid variants give automakers a differentiator in a crowded section, claimed Conrad Layson, researcher with AutoForecast Solutions.
“The RAV4 turned the advantage of a hybrid’s fuel financial savings into a effectiveness sales level,” Layson claimed. Scheduled to start in July, the 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid’s put together procedure provides 302 hp and is touted by Toyota as its quickest model following the Supra.
Toyota’s hybrid RAV4 dominates a expanding subcategory that saw practically 118,600 new hybrid compact crossovers registered in the U.S. last 12 months, up from six,566 in 2015, in accordance to IHS Markit. U.S. sales of the Toyota hybrid variant practically doubled to 92,525 last 12 months, accounting for one in five sales of the nameplate.
The Rogue has turn out to be a cornerstone of Nissan’s portfolio. For the whole industry, compact crossovers were the quantity leader in the initially quarter, besting whole-sizing pickups, in accordance to the Automotive Information Details Middle.