One of Nissan's most popular models is getting a redesign.
The Nissan Rogue Sport received a refresh for the 2020 model year, but the next-generation model is just around the corner following the recent reveal of the redesigned Nissan Rogue. Ahead of its debut, our spy photographers have spotted a prototype of the new Nissan Qashqai, which is sold as the Nissan Rogue Sport here in America, undergoing some hot weather testing. The new Nissan Rogue Sport prototype is heavily disguised in camouflage, but the proportions appear to be similar to the outgoing model.
We can also see the new Nissan Rogue Sport will sport a more angular design like the new Nissan Juke, slimmer headlights and taillights, and a prominent V-Motion grille as part of Nissan's current design language.
Underpinning the new Nissan Rogue Sport will be the same Common Module Family platform as the current model. While its underpinnings won't change, the new Nissan Rogue Sport will reportedly be offered with a range of electrified gasoline engines incorporating 48 mild-hybrid technology as well as plug-in hybrid versions. As a result, diesel engines will be scrapped for the next-generation Qashqai in Europe.
In the US, the Nissan Rogue Sport is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, so a power bump would be welcome in the next-generation model.
We don't get a peek inside the interior, but the cabin is expected to get a significant upgrade with larger screens for the infotainment and navigation system and all the latest driver-assist technology. The Qashqai is one of Nissan's best-selling models, so the redesigned version will be an extremely important model for the Japanese manufacturer when it goes on sale.
A debut is expected to take place later this year before the new Nissan Qashqai goes on sale sometime in 2021. Time will tell if Nissan decides to rebrand the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport for a new generation in America.