The 2018 Nissan Rogue will be a strong contender for the class-leading position in the increasingly popular crossover SUV segment. Arriving in 2013 as a completely redesigned model, the Rogue has even managed to replace the Nissan Altima. Than it was the company’s best-selling model. Something similar happened with its competitors such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V that have taken over as sales leaders of their respective lineups. Following the mid-cycle update for the 2017 model year, the upcoming Rogue is expected to introduce yet another set of updates, although the changes will be mostly subtle.
2018 Nissan Rogue Design Changes
The refreshed Rogue now features new front and rear fascias as well as the latest V-motion grille. That’s in line with the rest of Nissan’s range. Compared to previous models, this stylish crossover sports gets integrated fog lights and a revised rear light cluster. There are new boomerang-shaped LED taillights. Expect also the 2018 Nissan Rogue to offer 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and several new exterior paints. As of recently, the model is available with a motion-activated power tailgate.
Inside the cabin, there will be a number of revised features. The Rogue will benefit greatly from the last year’s redesign of the center stack. In addition of new cloth materials, a flat-bottomed steering-wheel and memory seats. When it comes to the safety equipment and driver aids, the Rogue is one of the most amply equipped models in its class. Expect it to offer such features as forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert with blind spot warning.
2018 Rogue Specs
The 2018 Rogue will once again be motivated by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque mated to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. The recently introduced hybrid system consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a 30kW electric motor with Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. The system’s net output is rated at 176 horsepower. With the fuel economy in front-wheel drive variants is estimated at 34 mpg combined.
Official pricing figures for the 2018 Nissan Rogue have yet to be released but we expect it to start just under $25,000. If the company persists in updating the Rogue at this pace, it will pose an even greater threat to its competitors in the coming years.