It promises best-in-class fuel economy and torque.
The Nissan Rogue is one of our favorite SUVs, but it's far from perfect. We've opined that it ought to borrow technology from Mitsubishi to get better and a recent recall of US-built hybrid models suggests that quality control could be improved a little. Our biggest concern with the crossover, however, is its engine, which we learned earlier in the year would finally be updated.
That update has now arrived, and Nissan says that the new 1.5-liter VC-Turbo engine offers best-in-class gas-engine fuel economy and torque. Best of all, the engine is helping keep Nissan's American workforce busy since it is being assembled at the brand's powertrain facility in Decherd, Tennessee.
The new engine produces more power, offering 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 11% and 24% respectively over the 2021 model's powertrain. Despite the improved performance, Nissan says that estimated fuel economy is rated at 33 mpg combined, 3 mpg more than the outgoing engine could deliver. This improvement across the board is attributed to the VC-Turbo's ability to continually adjust its compression ratio to "optimize power and efficiency through use of a breakthrough advanced multi-link system."
This means that the engine has two different driving profiles, allowing you to cruise efficiently and then seamlessly get more power when needed. In addition, the engine gets a new mounting stem that further isolates engine vibrations, making for a more refined driving experience.
Along with the new engine, the Xtronic transmission has been improved too, now offering 17% wider gear ratio coverage and 32% lower friction. This is said to enhance "acceleration feel" while also contributing to that improved economy rating.
As for pricing, the base Rogue S with front-wheel drive starts at $26,700. The SV is a little dearer at $28,390 while the SL is $33,050 and the Platinum costs $36,480. Adding AWD to any model costs $1,500. All prices exclude destination and handling at $1,175. As for packages, the SV Premium costs $2,660, the SL Premium will set you back $1,320, and you can spec the Platinum with a 10.8-inch head-up display for $400. The 2022 Nissan Rogue will be available in the winter.