Joining Nissan's already formidable lineup of SUVs including the Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada is this little guy.
The 2017 Rogue Sport.
The new compact crossover, which slots below the Rogue in the lineup, makes its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, giving Nissan [UNKNOWN] with vehicles such as the Honda HRV, Mazda C63 and Jeep Renegade.
Now, the Rogue Sport isn't exactly a new new.
New vehicle, it's just new to us in the US.
In other parts of the world it's known as the Qashqai, but to take advantage of the equity built in the Rogue nameplate, which by the way is Nissan's best selling model now, the Qashqai name gets kicked to the road in favor of Rogue Sport, which is probably the right move.
Compared to the regular Rogue, the Rogue Sports family resemblance is unmistakable with the V Motion grill, LED running lights, and overall shape.
It's just smaller.
Depending on the trim level, the Rogue Sport drives on 16" steel wheels with hub caps, 17" aluminum wheels or 19" alloys equipped range-topping SL models.
The Rogueness continues inside the cabin with the familiar dash layout and controls.
There's 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space, behind the rear seats.
Which is on par with the HRV, but quite a bit bigger than the CX3 and [INAUDIBLE] Features such as satellite radio, bluetooth, and rear view camera are standard while navigation, a 360 degree camera, and intelligent cruise control are available as options.
Sadly, Apple Car Play and Android Auto are not.
For safety, blind side monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward emergency braking, and lane departure warning will be offered.
Powering all Road Sports is a 2L 4 cylinder with 141 horsepower and 147 pound Feet of torque, which works with a continuously variable transmission.
All three Rogue sport trim models will be available in both front and all wheel drive.
Noteworthy for the class is the Rogue Sport's independent rear suspension because many of its competitors use a simpler and cheaper torsion beam system.
Meaning the Nissan should have a leg up when it comes to ride and handling.
We'll have to see if that's true when we drive it hopefully soon.
Nissan says the Rogue Sport arrives in dealers this spring.
No pricing details are available, but a base price comparable to the HRV and CX3 is a safe bet.
Both of those start at about $20,000.