Turning standard models into hybrid ones is looking like one of the trends in today's automotive landscape. Putting a hybrid system in crossover segment on the other hand appears to be a smart move and capitalizing on that is Nissan with the hybridized version of the Rogue, also known as the X-Trail.
Visually, little separates the hybrid Rogue from the standard model. The only clues that this car is electrically-assisted are a pair of hybrid badges on the front doors and a tailgate badge. Inside, there is the addition of an energy monitor, as well as a battery status monitor. Save for these tweaks, the Rogue Hybrid's design is largely carried over from the gas-powered models.
Instead of using a 2.5-liter engine, the Rogue Hybrid uses a combination of the 2.0-liter engine (seen in local 2WD X-Trails) and a 30 kw electric motor. The gas engine puts out 141 PS while the electric motor produces an additional 40 PS. Combined, the powertrain in the Rogue Hybrid makes 176 PS with part of the electric drive system being devoted to keeping the car running while stationary.
Shifting is done via Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission. All models come with front wheel drive as standard but all are also available with all-wheel drive. Like most hybrids, this model comes with regenerative braking to top up battery charge. The US Environmental Protection Agency says the Rogue Hybrid with all-wheel drive can do up to 33 miles per gallon or 14 kilometers per liter in mixed driving conditions.