Quietly and discreetly, Nissan has been significantly updating its portfolio of vehicles over the past year. The 2020 Nissan Altima was introduced to the public late last year, following by a redone version of the subcompact Versa. Nissan also rolled out 50th Anniversary editions of the fabled GT-R and the reborn Z-car, offering both in NISMO versions that we touched on here earlier. At the recent Chicago Auto Show, Nissan revealed a new version of the compact Rogue SUV for 2020, dubbed the Rogue Sport.
So, what constitutes a sporting Rogue? After all, the line will continue into 2020 with a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-four, with 16 valves and 141hp, as standard equipment. It will still be available with your choice of front- or four-wheel drive. This Associated Press image furnished by Nissan shows that the Rogue Sport will receive a significantly revised front fascia, with a new hood, daytime running lights and standard fog lamps. Nissan said the redesigned that produced the Rogue Sport gives the series “a more technical feel,” in the company’s words, distinguishing it from the non-Sport Rogue. We can tell you that the Rogue Sport will have a raft of driver and convenience assists when it hits Nissan showrooms this coming fall, including the Nissan Safety Shield 360 package, which will become standard equipment for all Rogues in 2020, including the base S model. That equipment group includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA). The extras include avaiable ProPILOT Assist, a rear door alert, plus an updated audio system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with available nine-speaker Bose audio.