Say Hello to Your Next Rental Vehicle, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

You know it. Nissan knows it.

Buyers are fleeing automobiles in favor of higher-riding crossovers. And the Rogue Sport is yet another a single.

Regardless of the name, Nissan’s newest utility is much less Rogue Jr. and a lot more overseas transplant. Nissan America adapted the Qashqai, offered in global markets given that 2006, with a new name to meet North American tastes (although not in Canada, where it’ll nonetheless use its Turkic nomenclature). The renaming guarantees we can pronounce it (and Nissan can preserve its Star Wars connection). Much more importantly, it hitches the new crossover to Nissan’s ideal selling nameplate.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior, Image: Nissan

Rogue sales surged 15 percent to 330,000 units in the U.S. last year, representing practically one particular out of four Nissans sold. With the Rogue Sport, Nissan slots a crossover between the successful Rogue and the aging Juke, and connects the new crossover to one particular of the most successful nameplates in Nissan history.

2017 Nissan Rogue vs Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

The 172-inch-long Rogue Sport is inside a couple inches in overall length of the new Jeep Compass and Toyota C-HR, and neatly splits the distinction amongst the 185-inch-lengthy Rogue and the 162-inch-lengthy Juke. It also shares far more than just a striking visual resemblance to its bigger stalemate thanks to a shared platform.

The two-row, five-passenger crossover gets a 141-horsepower two.-liter 4 (as opposed to the two.5-liter four-cylinder equipped Rogue) mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission. As one may count on, this is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with optional all-wheel drive.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

Nissan is going exactly where the consumers are. In this case, that indicates slicing its crossover offerings thinner than fleet profit margins.

Assembled in Japan, the Rogue Sport will be offered in familiar S, SV, and SL trim levels. Pricing has not however been announced, but the Rogue Sport should arrive at dealers and rental lots this spring.

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The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Goes Wild With A single Button

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

Ford hasn’t told us when we’ll see the 2017 Fusion Sport on dealer lots, but it does want us to know how the 325-horsepower sedan alters its character.

The top-shelf performance variant of Ford’s midsize household hauler lets its hair down with the press of a single button, which switches seven settings from “Jekyll” mode to “Hyde.”

Powered by a twin-turbo 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 creating 325 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, Ford bills the all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport as the most powerful car in its class. When announced in June, some would-be buyers of particular German sedans might have observed it as a significantly less-costly alternative.

The automaker released an image today that shows exactly where, and how, the magic occurs. In the center of the new rotary dial shifter lies the sport mode button. When pressed, seven factors take place.Fusion-Sport-ModeVery first, the suspension tightens up, with continuously controlled dampers flattening the sedan in the course of tough cornering. Cabin sound-deadening measures are created to be defeated by the Ecoboost motor (Ford promises an “entertaining” engine note). The steering feedback responds to match the functionality settings, while the sedan’s paddle shifters become completely enabled, leaving the driver in complete handle of gear modifications.

The true news lies in the drivetrain. When in sport mode, the engine quickens throttle response, even though the transmission does every little thing it can to hold reduce gears, particularly during cornering and braking. Downshifts even though braking are rev-matched for smoothness, and the tranny will hold a gear soon after the driver lifts off the accelerator. General, the transmission is “aggressively” programmed to hold decrease gears for maximum torque.

To prime it all off, a sport mode icon also appears in the gauge cluster, which is hardly a setting worth mentioning, Ford. Okay, six vehicle functions that in fact matter will see important adjustments when in sport mode.

The Fusion Sport carries a MSRP of $ 33,475, and is clearly positioned as a performance bargain. Ford hasn’t released a complete list of specifications for the model, which goes on sale sometime this fall.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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