A Class Of Its Own

New Nissan Rogue barrels forth, sans hybrid

Nissan’s redesign of its flagship Rogue product delivers an improved portfolio of spouse and children-friendly...

Nissan’s redesign of its flagship Rogue product delivers an improved portfolio of spouse and children-friendly technologies predicted of a crossover.

But also notable is what Nissan’s quantity-top nameplate will not offer — a hybrid powertrain.

When the new 2021 Rogue launches this fall, it will offer a solitary powertrain: a two.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. That’s in distinction to Nissan’s competition in the essential compact crossover segment that are doubling down on gasoline-sipping electrified vehicles.

3 of the Rogue’s most important rivals — the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V — are readily available with hybrid powertrains. At periods, Nissan’s Rogue has outsold all of them.

But the market is switching.

Hybrid variants give automakers a differentiator in a crowded segment, explained Conrad Layson, researcher with AutoForecast Options.

“The RAV4 turned the advantage of a hybrid’s gasoline discounts into a general performance income level,” Layson explained. Scheduled to launch in July, the 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid’s blended program delivers 302 hp and is touted by Toyota as its quickest product right after the Supra.

Toyota’s hybrid RAV4 dominates a rising subcategory that saw nearly 118,600 new hybrid compact crossovers registered in the U.S. previous year, up from six,566 in 2015, according to IHS Markit. U.S. income of the Toyota hybrid variant nearly doubled to 92,525 previous year, accounting for one in 5 income of the nameplate.

The Rogue has turn out to be a cornerstone of Nissan’s portfolio. For the whole sector, compact crossovers ended up the quantity chief in the 1st quarter, besting full-size pickups, according to the Automotive News Facts Middle.