According to Khabar Khodro, the current generation Nissan Rogue hit the market in
2014 but its long-standing powertrain has been around since the vehicle’s
initial release in 2008.
There have been no upgrades over the past 12 years in
terms of power output but that could be changing soon.
According to an early
document for fleet customers, the 2021 Nissan Rogue will be a redesign with
upgraded power output. Horsepower will increase from 170 to 180 (+10) and
torque will go from 175 to 184 (+9).
The increase to the Rogue's specs is greatly welcomed
given that the crossover was at the back of the pack compared to other vehicles
in the segment. With the upgrade, the Rogue is now on par with the Jeep
Cherokee (180 horsepower), Subaru Forester (182 horsepower), and the Volkswagen
Tiguan (184 horsepower). However, it still remains behind segment leaders like
the Honda CR-V (190 horsepower) and Toyota RAV4 (203 horsepower). There is no
indication that the boost in power comes from a different engine so we expect
the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder to carry over.
Interestingly, the documents also indicate that the 2021
Rogue will be getting a 1 mpg increase in fuel efficiency. Although contrary to
what would be expected with a power bump, it adds to the Rogue’s
competitiveness in the segment. With the better fuel economy numbers, the 2021
Rogue would get 30 mpg combined which is equivalent to the CR-V and RAV4 and
better than the Tiguan (25 mpg), Cherokee (26 mpg) and Forester AWD (29 mpg).
Unfortunately, there is no indication that the hybrid
powertrain will return for the Rogue so the increase on the sole 2.5-liter
engine option is good news for car buyers. However, the popularity of the RAV4
Hybrid and the release of the all-new CR-V Hybrid prove that consumers are
interested in a hybrid option.
Although the new Rogue may be able to compete
performance-wise, it still might not be a great deal for some buyers. Based on
the MSRP for the current model, the Rogue is actually one of the more expensive
options and with a redesign in the works, it’s likely that the price will only
go up. For reference, the 2020 Rogue starts at $26,395, including destination,
which is more than the Forester ($25,505), Tiguan ($25,965), and CR-V
($26,170). That said, Nissan typically offers strong purchase incentives on its
COVID-19 May Cause Pickup Truck Shortage
Despite the high numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases
and incredibly high unemployment figures in the United States, automakers are
eager to get production back up to what it was before the pandemic. Apparently,
they’ll have to go into overdrive, because dealers are expecting a shortage of
pickup trucks on lots.
According to Automotive News, some of the incentives
automakers are offering, especially ones from the Detroit 3, are continuing to
draw consumers during the coronavirus outbreak and the downturn in the economy.
Ram, Ford, and General Motors are all offering 0% APR for 84 months, which
carries over to a lot of their respective pickup trucks. With trucks reigning
supreme in the U.S., some dealers are worried that they don’t have enough
supply to meet the upcoming demand.
"The pipeline is very dry,” Mike Maroone, CEO of Maroone
USA, told the outlet. Maroone’s stores, which include five locations in
Colorado and one in Florida, only have a 30-day supply of the popular Chevrolet
Silverado. "That is a problem for us,” he stated.
GM is in an interesting position, because dealers
already had a smaller number of available vehicles to sell because of the UAW
strike that lasted 40 days last year. But it’s not just GM dealers that are
worried about running out of popular models, dealerships selling new Ram and
Ford pickup trucks are also concerned. The combination of North American plants
being closed since the middle of March and great incentives have made popular
trucks hard to find for consumers, claims the outlet.
Data from J.D. Power reveals that inventory of
light-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. could drop to 400,000 units by the end of
May, which is far less than the 700,000 units from last year. Going forward,
automakers are going to have to get plants up and running as soon as possible.
If they don't, J.D. Power believes that inventory of trucks could fall to
260,000 units by the middle of the year.
According to a report by Morningstar, dealership
inventory of Silverado pickup trucks averaged 82 days’ worth in March, compared
to 120 days’ worth last year. For Ram dealers, pickup supplies fell from 134
days’ worth last year to 114 days this year. Unlike the other two brands, the
average dealer inventory for Ford’s popular F-Series pickup trucks rose to 111
days’ worth from 84 last year. The outlet claims that the automaker’s decision
to only offer its 0% APR for 84 months on 2019 models has a lot to do with the
"It’s going to get tight,” said Inder Dosanjh, dealer
principal at Dosanjh Family Auto Group, which operates 17 dealerships in the
San Francisco Bay Area. "We need to start seeing cars by the end of June.” If
that’s not the case, he believes that his stores will run out of Ram and
Automakers, including the Big Three, haven’t introduced
a formal restart date for their factories. An earlier report by the Wall Street
Journal claimed that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, GM, and Ford were holding talks
with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and UAW leaders to introduce a
tentative restart date of May 18. If that were the case, dealers would be able
to get more supply of popular trucks just in time for the boom they’re
expecting to see.