It Gets More Modern Look and More Handsome Designs
The Japanese-based automaker Nissan have finally officially revealed the 2020 Rogue Sport with some changes and design revisions. It was first introduced at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show back in February. As a small subcompact crossover, the new Rogue Sport is now equipped with a new front fascia design and has a more handsome look than the regular model. While the headlights and taillights have been redesigned which makes it almost similar to the Euro-spec Nissan Qashqai.
At the front end, you can see a new front fascia design featuring a new hood combined with Nissan’s Vmotion grille, plus a revised bumper. That clearly makes the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport look more modern and far different from its standard model that looks more conservative. Nissan also gives an impressive touch to its headlights which now adopt sharper designs combined with LED Daytime Running Lights. Moving to the rear end, you will find a completely new taillight design. Apart from that, the new Rogue Sport is offered in two choices of exterior paint colors, including Monarch Orange and Nitro Lime, as well as riding on 19-inch alloy wheels.
The 2020 Rogue Sport crossover is now equipped with the Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite as a standard active and passive safety feature. These advanced technology-based safety equipment will be available as standard in entire Rogue Sport lineups, including S, SV, and SL trims. Nissan has previously offered a Safety Shield 360 on only two trim levels – SL and SV trims. However, Nissan’s Safety Shield basically consists of several safety equipment, including a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, automated rear braking, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection system. In addition, the 2020 Rogue Sport is also offered with Nissan’s ProPilot driver-assists features available as optional safety equipment.
Sadly, it’s Still Powered by an Underpowered 2.0-Liter Engine
Unfortunately, with a myriad of changes outside and inside, apparently there’s no powertrain upgrade for the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport. And now it’s still powered by a underpowered 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can only produce 141 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Nissan seems to ignore the direct-injection 2.5-liter inline-four engine with 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque that is now carried out by the 2019 Altima sedan. The Japanese car manufacturer hasn’t even planned to offer a 188-HP 2.5L unit on the Rogue Sport subcompact crossover. Of course, it’s very strange and looks confusing because Nissan made a big mistake by offering underpowered 2.0-liter engines on the new Rogue Sport.
Apart from that, the 2.0L inline-four unit will be offered with a standard Xtronic CVT which can be paired to either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. However, this powertrain has fairly efficient fuel consumption. The front-wheel drive version of the 2019 Nissan Rogue combined with a 2.0-liter engine and Xtronic CVT is claimed to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. While the all-wheel drive model can only return 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined.
Release Date and Pricing
There has been no announcement regarding the official pricing details, but release date for the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is set for this fall in North America. However, Nissan is likely to raise the price slightly for the new Rogue Sport. The current model is available at dealerships with a starting MSRP of $22,240, so we can expect the 2020 Rogue Sport to reach U.S. showrooms with starting price of around $22,500 for the entry-level models (S trim). Nevertheless, please look for official pricing details when this new subcompact crossover has been released on the North American market this fall.
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