The completely redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue, which hit the market last fall with only a 2.5-litre four-cylinder, is about to add a second engine to its lineup, namely a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder mated to the same continuously variable transmission.
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U.S. fuel economy ratings indicate that the 1.5-litre turbo is more efficient than the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre mill by 2-4 mpg. In Canada, that would mean several tenths of a litre or maybe a full litre per 100 kilometres.
Unfortunately, power and torque are not disclosed.
The Car Guide contacted Nissan Canada to hopefully get more details, but we’ve been given a pretty short statement: “Nissan regularly assesses potential future technologies on existing models. We are working on a pilot program with a potential new powertrain using the 2021 Nissan Rogue. We have nothing more to announce at the moment.”
One of the Rogue’s direct competitors, the Ford Escape, comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine of its own. However, despite similar output (181 hp), performance is disappointing, the engine is loud, and fuel consumption with AWD is slightly worse than the Rogue’s (8.4 L/100 km vs. 8.3). It’s no surprise that the Rogue is now a much better seller than the Escape, whose numbers are significantly down.
Is Nissan making a good move by adding a small-displacement turbo engine? Will other Nissan products offer it as well? Time will tell.