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We Hear: Nissan to Bring Rogue Hybrid, Qashqai Crossover to U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/13/2015 Kelly Pleskot

The Rogue crossover is selling so well in the U.S. that Nissan plans to import additional copies from Japan to keep up with the demand. Now, the automaker is looking to capitalize on the Rogue's success even further by offering two new variants.

A hybrid Rogue is coming to the U.S. in 2016, according to a report from Automotive News citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. Nissan will also bring over the Qashqai crossover from overseas to be sold as a smaller and more efficient version of the Rogue. The model, which is built on the same architecture as the Rogue, is about 10 inches shorter and features a more radical rear design. It's unclear if our version of the Qashqai would receive the new 1.6-liter gasoline engine recently introduced for Europe.

Heading to the chopping block is the Rogue Select, a version of the previous-generation Rogue currently being sold as a low-cost alternative to the newer model. The Qashqai would effectively serve as its replacement, attracting entry-level customers thanks to its smaller size.

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The Nissan Rogue is the automaker's second best-selling model in the U.S., after the Altima midsize sedan. Last month, Nissan sold 23,243 Rogues, up 54 percent from the same month a year ago. During the first half of the year, sales were up 36 percent to 135,397.

With the additional imports from Japan, Nissan will be able to sell more than 300,000 Rogues a year in the U.S. That's a huge increase from just two years ago, when slightly more than half that number was sold.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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