Nissan adds another subcompact SUV with Rogue Sport

New Nissan targets fast-growing segment

DETROIT - Nissan threw its hat into the growing subcompact SUV market Monday with the introduction of the 2017 Rogue Sport.

The new crossover will compete with other diminutive SUVs on the market, like the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V, as well as the upcoming Toyota C-HR and Ford Ecosport.

Styling on the Rogue Sport is similar to that of the large Rogue, and it looks more like a conventional SUV than the Nissan Juke, which has also been a competitor in the segment.

The Rogue Sport is more than a foot shorter than the Rogue, which Nissan said was its best-selling vehicle in 2016.

"With Rogue Sport’s slightly smaller dimensions and sporty maneuverability, it’s ideal for singles or couples without kids – or empty-nesters – who want a sportier vehicle and can live with a little less cargo capacity than the current Rogue offers," said Michael Bunce, Nissan North America’s vice president for product planning.

Safety features on the new car include an emergency braking system, adaptive cruise control and a rear cross-traffic alert.

Powering the 5-seat SUV will be a 141-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine.

The Rogue Sport is scheduled to go on sale this spring.

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