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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: Making a hot-selling crossover more efficient

A new hybrid model highlights midcycle changes to the 2017 Nissan Rogue compact crossover, which combines a 2-liter four-cylinder engine with a 30-kilowatt electric motor and lithium ion battery.

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For the 2017 model year, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be joined by the new Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

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Unlike the RAV4 Hybrid, which is available exclusively with all-wheel drive, the Rogue Hybrid will be available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

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Nissan's in-house developed hybrid system combines a 2-liter four-cylinder engine with a 30-kilowatt electric motor and lithium ion battery.

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The net system output for the Rogue Hybrid's drivetrain is rated at 176 horsepower, which helps it match up closely to the 170-horsepower standard Rogue models get from the gas 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

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Fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive models of the Rogue Hybrid are estimated to be 33 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

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For all-wheel-drive models, Nissan expects fuel economy to come in at 31 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

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The only interior concessions for the Rogue Hybrid come in the cargo area, which receives a slightly higher load floor to accommodate the lithium ion battery. This decreases cargo volume from 28.4 cubic feet in the regular model, to 27.3 cubic feet in the hybrid.

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With the increased popularity of crossovers and addition of the hybrid model, Nissan expects the Rogue to overtake the Altima as the best-selling vehicle in its lineup by the end of the year.

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The Rogue Hybrid will arrive in dealers this December.

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Customers interested in the Rogue's optional third row will sadly not be able to get it in the hybrid models.

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