For 2021, the Rogue will get another 10 hp and 1 mpg.
Nissan's golden goose, the Nissan Rogue, is going under the scalpel a bit early. The current model was brought out for the 2021 model year, and it's been on fire in the US market ever since, selling more than 400,000 examples in 2017 and 2018.
But in 2019, US Rogue sales fell to "just" 350,447 units as Nissan works on an all-new version of the popular compact crossover, which could bow by the end of the year. We're already gotten a good look at the 2021 Nissan Rogue's interior and exterior styling, thanks to some leaked photographs, and now, we have a good idea of the powertrain specs.
According to a leaked document for fleet customers, obtained by CarsDirect, the Rogue will get a modest power bump for 2021, putting out a grand total of up to 180 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft the compact CUV manages today, courtesy of a naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder gasoline engine.
That engine isn't expected to be tossed on the trash heap - just tweaked slightly for the new model year. The 2019+ Nissan Altima comes equipped with the same basic 2.5L engine as standard, and yet it's rated at up to 182 horsepower. The Rogue's new 180 peak, if true, would put it in a dead heat with the Jeep Cherokee, and just 2 horsepower behind the Subaru Forester.
But at the same time that horsepower and torque are slated to receive a bump, fuel economy, too, will reportedly go up - by a modest 1 mile per gallon. That's not much, mind, but when accompanied by an increase in power and torque output, it's hard to see it as anything but a win-win.
The 2021 Rogue's resulting 30 mpg on the combined cycle should just about put it at the front of the pack with regard to fuel economy. While we're still all waiting with bated breath to learn whether Nissan will bring back the Rogue Hybrid for 2021, gracing the crossover with even more efficiency and, in theory, greater output, this is certainly a start.