Nissan revealed a freshened appearance of its 2020 Rogue Sport subcompact crossover that will further distinguish it from its larger Rogue sibling.
The automaker debuted the crossover’s new look at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.
“This vehicle is the jewel of our expanding SUV and crossover portfolio,” said Scott Shirley, vice president of marketing operations for Nissan North America. “We’re committed to keeping our crossover/SUV portfolio fresh.”
Styling updates include a new hood, grille, bumper and LED daytime running lamps. The rear features redesigned tail lamps that match the new front fascia design. A new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design and two new colors, Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic, are available.
Nissan also revised the available trim levels and option package content.
The exterior changes come one year after a host of safety upgrades the brand added to the Rogue Sport for the 2019 model year.
For the 2019 Rogue Sport, Nissan made automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning standard. It also added an updated audio system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an optional nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The Rogue Sport debuted in 2017. It slots between the Kicks and the larger Rogue in Nissan’s crossover lineup. It is 12.1 inches shorter in length, has a 2.3-inch shorter wheel base and has 5.6 fewer inches of height than the Rogue.
The two models accounted for 52.5 percent of Nissan’s 785,800 light-truck sales in 2018. Rogue sales have increased every year since its 2007 introduction. Sales topped 412,000 in 2018,making it the fifth-best-selling vehicle in the U.S.
Powered by a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 pound-feet of torque, the Rogue Sport goes from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Rouge Sport at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg in highway driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Rogue Sport four of five stars in crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Rogue Sport good marks for small and front overlap crashes and a side-impact crash.