For the 2017 model year, Nissan added the Roque Sport model to its lineup of crossover SUVs available in the North America market. This model takes the position between the three-row Roque and smaller Juke. The name could make some confusion but this model isn’t the sportier version of the Rogue yet it is both smaller and less powerful but more stylish and nimble than the larger crossover. The model is actually updated version of the global Qashqai model with features that meet demands of US market.
The model is well-equipped with modern safety systems but offers them in optional packages. The new 2018 Nissan Roque Sport is expected to make these systems more accessible and also to upgrade its infotainment systems. Nissan should also offer several new color options and additional trim option. The bigger changes are not expected.
2018 Nissan Roque Sport: Design
Nissan won’t, of course, make radical changes on Rogue Sport’s exterior design except it might offer new color options and exterior theme. The model shares Nissan’s familiar design approach as the larger Rogue but its smaller proportions make it more appealing to the eye. This model is a foot shorter and also 6 inches lower than larger brand mate. The wheelbase is also soother by 2.3 inches and it doesn’t offer the third row of seats.
The Rogue Sport has the bold V-motion grille and angular headlights with sharp LED accents. The muscular creases on the bumper, hood and side panels add a sportier feel to its look but the Rogue Sport also looks nice from the rear side.
The size of the wheels on the base model is 16 inches but options will also include 17- and 19-inch alloys.
As for the changes in its visual appearance, the 2018 Nissan Roque Sport won’t bring much and we have to wait a year or two for something more noticeable.
Interior of the Rogue Sport won’t also show much new. The familiar design seen also in the three-row Rogue will be applied to this model as well. The model will have comfortable seats and generous legroom in both rows.
The Nicely arranged center stack should, however, get an upgraded version of the infotainment system with the support for the Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The base version will get a smaller screen which will be replaced with the 7-inch unit in the higher specs versions. The base version will also include satellite radio and cloth upholstery.
The next-level trim will upgrade with the 17-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, etc. The leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, and more will be available in the SL trim.
Nissan will also offer the Safety Shield suite which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, etc. The new model year should bring automatic emergency braking and possibly ProPilot technology.
2018 Nissan Roque Sport: Powertrain
Under the hood of the 2018 Nissan Roque Sport will again be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The power it delivers is 141 hp and torque reaches 147 pound-feet. The continuously variable transmission will come with the front-wheel drive by default. For the better traction, the four-wheel drive comes as the option.
The fuel economy will stay at the current ratings with 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. With the all-wheel drive, the results will be 24 mpg city and 30 mpg on the freeway.
2018 Nissan Roque Sport: Arrival, Price
Nissan hasn’t announced the arrival of the 2018 Nissan Roque Sport yet. We expect it in the first half of the next year. The price will stay close to the current boundaries. The current Rogue Sport is available from $22, 380.