Next-generation won't go all-electric though.
The Nissan Rogue Sport misleadingly shares little with the regular Nissan Rogue. In Europe, the compact crossover is called the Qashqai, which means "a horse with a white forehead." However, Nissan didn't think the name would go down well in America and simply branded it as Rogue Sport. A third-generation is in the pipeline, and Auto Express in the UK is reporting that Nissan is planning to offer hybrid power drivetrain options. The third generation will be built on an updated version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF platform, which has electrification options built-in.
According to the report, one of the drivetrains will be Nissan's unconventional ePower system that uses the engine to keep the batteries charged while only the electric motors drive the wheels. The other will be Mitsubishi's plug-in hybrid powertrain. While Mitsubishi is generally considered an also-ran when it comes to making vehicles, its PHEV system is a market leader when it comes to CO2 emissions.
As the discussion with Ponz Pandikuthira, Nissan's Europen Vice President of Product Planning, was about the European market, whether one or both hybrid options come to the US is up in the air. The plug-in hybrid version seems likely, but Pandikuthira mentions limitations with the ePower system.
"We're investigating the ePower technology for Europe," explained Pandikuthira. "The biggest difference when you do these onboard generator vehicles is highway driving – in Japan, they typically don't go above 50-65 mph."
This could be a big issue in the US, where long distances on freeways at 65+ mph are common. Pandikuthira also says there definitely won't be an all-electric version of the Roque Sport as a whole new platform would be a better way to move forward. What there will be, though, is new technology added to the Rogue Sport as well as revised trim levels and option packages.