Fans in the United States will finally be getting the Nissan Qashqai, but the automaker has decided to rename their award-winning crossover Rogue Sport.
Though Canadians will still be getting the Qashqai under its original nameplate, those south of the border will be seeing Rogue Sports on dealership lots. Maybe Nissan is trying to market it as a smaller version of the ever popular Rogue.
A sensible name change since the Rogue Sport is sitting on the same Renault-Nissan CMF platform as the Rogue and they both share the same strut-front and multilink-rear suspension systems. Even the front facia and wheel design are similar.
The Rouge Sport is just shorter by 12.1 inches compared to the Rouge and has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase, meaning a smaller cargo area of 23 cubic feet, or 61 cubic feet with the second row seats folded down.
Powering the Rogue Sport is a 2.0 liter, 141 horsepower inline-four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive as an option. There are no other powertrain options, but buyers can choose from three trim levels; S, SV, and SL.
Nissan has not announced the U.S. market prices yet, but Car And Driver is expecting to see the base model Rogue Sport start at around $20,000.