So let's compare both cars. Which at first, almost look the same.
Up front, our Rogue (in Orange) has received an all new grille and bumper just a few months ago. While the Qashqai has not changed at all since it came out in Europe in late 2013.
So the one we will be getting might receive a new front end. Which I guess would also be a mid cycle revision in Europe.
The Qashqai (grey car) is not only a bit smaller, but slicker as well.
The whole thing is a bit more aggressive and modern.
You can tell the top of the das is exactly the same in both versions. Air vents etc...
The revised 2017 Rogue gets a new steering wheel and trim.
Which the upcoming Qashqai could also get.
Of course, the main difference is that the Qashqai does not come with a 3rd row seat option.
I think this is a great move from Nissan.
I am not sure the Qashqai name would be a great idea for the US though.
Since the Rogue is their best seller here, I think "Rogue Sport" might be more appropriate.
Plus, it's never a bad idea to cash in on a popular name.
We also don't know what engine it will be getting. Competition will come from the Honda HR-V, the "new" Ford Ecosport and others like the Chevrolet tax and Mazda CX-3.
All these use much smaller engines than the 2.5 Liter in the Rogue.
In Europe, it is available with a tiny 1.2 Liter engine with only 116HP.
So you can bet we're not getting that one...
There is also a 1.6 Liter Turbo with 163HP.
Or a larger 2.0 Liter with 150HP. Both of these would work here.
Unless Nissan has something brand new for us...
The 3 year old Qashqai design has aged very well. Much better than the Ford Ecosport.
So it will look pretty fresh when we see it here. And Nissan should have no problem selling it as a "brand new" model.
I think this is all good news...