Often when an all-new mannequin launches, it will be a couple of years earlier than it sees any new updates. In spite of everything, if you happen to simply modified every thing, why would you mess with it much more instantly? However generally the event of vehicles and their engines don’t align, which is why final yr’s in any other case all-new Rogue debuted with solely a mildly up to date model of the last-gen engine. It is also why the 2022 Nissan Rogue, which in any other case carries over unchanged, welcomes an all-new normal engine underneath its hood. And sure, normal engine, not another choice. The excellent news is, it is a good engine, and makes the Rogue even higher than earlier than.
So what is that this new engine? As an alternative of the outgoing naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder, the 2022 Rogue will get a turbocharged, variable-compression 1.5-liter three-cylinder. It has the identical adjusting compression ratio system that is been used on the turbo four-cylinder launched within the Infiniti QX50 and supplied within the Nissan Altima. In truth, it is mainly that engine, however with one fewer cylinder. It additionally will get some element upgrades reminiscent of roller-bearing camshafts and textured valve lifters for diminished friction within the engine (the textured floor holds extra oil), plus an up to date CVT with decrease and better ratios, and varied friction enhancements.
The results of all these modifications is a extra highly effective and environment friendly SUV. The brand new mannequin makes 20 extra horsepower at 201, and 44 extra pound-feet of torque at 225 – profound upgrades that take the Rogue from one of many weaker entries in its section to one of many strongest. Gasoline economic system will enhance, too. Remaining numbers aren’t in, however Nissan is estimating 33 mpg mixed versus the present mannequin’s better of 30 mpg. It is a win-win.
And the excellent news is that the enhancements are noticeable behind the wheel, not simply on paper. One of many massive surprises is that the engine truly sounds smoother than the four-cylinder from which it is derived. Energy supply is mighty easy, too. The turbo spools up quick and provides you easy-to-use down-low torque. As such, it will zip from mild to mild confidently, and with low revs for a quiet expertise.
Like many different small turbo engines, the tradeoff is that the Rogue’s three-cylinder feels prefer it falls flat when it revs out. When heading up an on-ramp, it takes off robust, however loses some steam towards the highest after you have handed the massive lump of early torque. It is ironic contemplating peak energy does come near the 6,000-rpm redline. When pushing the engine exhausting, it will get slightly buzzy, however no rougher.
As for the CVT, it is nonetheless not significantly spectacular, however does the job high quality. It is programmed to behave like a traditional computerized transmission, and ratio modifications are silky. It does not react rapidly, although, reminiscent of once you ask for a kick-down for passing or hitting an onramp.
The remainder of the 2022 Nissan Rogue is unchanged, since once more, it was utterly new final yr. You will get extra element on the inside, trip and dealing with in our full Rogue overview. However to sum up, the Rogue has a vastly improved inside that is very upscale on greater trims. It is smaller on the surface, however bigger on the within, and it has very comfy seats. It is not significantly enjoyable to drive, nevertheless it’s an enormous dynamic enchancment over its miserable predecessor and likewise comfy sufficient to cruise in.
One other perk of the 2022 Rogue is that the value barely will increase over final yr. Base value for the Rogue S with front-wheel drive is $27,875, a rise of $650. Add all-wheel drive, and the bottom value is $29,375. That is $750 greater than the outgoing one.
So after vastly enhancing the Nissan Rogue with the redesign final yr, Nissan has made it higher but for its second yr in the marketplace. We’re not fairly able to name it a section chief, nevertheless it’s positively value your consideration for its spunky engine, spectacular gasoline economic system and classy cabin.