Nissan Rogue is the best-selling compact SUV in 2018. However, the Japanese carmaker will have to upgrade it to maintain the position. Well, all SUVs and crossovers must keep the pace with modern technologies and competition. Currently, in the US, 2020 Nissan SUV lineup looks like this: subcompact Kicks and Rogue Sport, compact Rogue, mid-size Murano and Pathfinder, and the full-size Armada. Other parts of the world will also show Juke, Qashqai, and X-Trail. Besides the updates, Nissan is also thinking of returning the Xterra model.
More hybrid vehicles are on the way. Some crossovers and SUVs will present these kinds of drivetrains. The company will add them to existing models, while the all-electric SUV is also an option.
2020 Nissan Rogue – The Best-Selling SUV in the US
The compact vehicle achieved 400,000 sales in 2018. Without a doubt, this will be the best-selling model in 2020 Nissan SUV lineup. With changes on the body and under the hood, the small crossover will draw even more attention. After the company launched slightly smaller Rogue Sport, we can expect to see some of the updates on its larger sibling whose name it carries. But, don’t expect too many similarities, since these are two different lines of production.
Whatsoever, the 2020 Nissan Rogue will have to bring a major redesign. In the segment where changes are happening every couple of years, Nissan is waiting for too long with the new generation of the compact crossover SUV. Next season will probably end a 6-year run of the second series. The third-gen 2020 Nissan Rogue will offer more – a more powerful hybrid drivetrain at first place. Besides this one, the crossover SUV is also going to offer a 2.5-liter petrol engine as the standard powertrain.
Advantages of the best-selling model in the lineup are exceptional fuel economy, either you choose petrol or hybrid configuration. Handling is also excellent, while the CVT transmission is Rogue’s major downside. It is not capable to deliver punchy acceleration. We must praise the styling, both interior, and exterior. Upper trim levels are nearly luxurious as some Infiniti models. However, the Japanese company needs to upgrade the infotainment system, and weak entry-level audio at first place. Finally, some self-driving features you get from a ProPilot package could be decisive if you can’t pick which compact SUV to choose in 2020.
2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Full Review [Already Out]
The company didn’t waste too much time to start presenting 2020 Nissan SUV lineup. The first model to show up was 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport. Slightly smaller than Rogue, but bigger than Kicks, it lands somewhere between compact and subcompact class. It offers another option for buyers who want the best combination of two segments.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is going to be available in the US only. This crossover comes with the new grille and two cool colors. Orange and Lime Green are exclusive for the Rogue Sport, but the company will soon add them to other models. Headlights, taillights and bumpers are also revisited for this vehicle. Interior is not too spacious. Well, we can’t expect it from a subcompact SUV. Still, the cockpit offers enough technology to draw the interest of younger buyers.
The engine room holds a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. No hybrid engine will be offered with Nissan Rogue Sport. A CVT is routing power to front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. Exceptional fuel economy is standard.
New Engine for New 2020 Nissan Qashqai
Qashqai is not a US model, but it is going to be an important part of the 2020 Nissan SUV Lineup. It is a rebadged version of Rogue Sport and one of the most favorite European crossovers. For the next season, it is coming redesigned and with a new engine. Under the bonnet of the 2020 Qashqai will be a 1.3-liter engine with 160 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. This unit will have an appearance for the current Qashqai and its upgrades will bring two hybrid models in 2020. Whatsoever, Nissan is not going to add all-electric version yet.
According to rumors, we can expect the complete overhaul of this small SUV. First images of its new look leaked into public and it seems like the 2020 Nissan Qashqai is will show a lot of novelties. The CDM platform underpins the next crossover, and the vehicle could be longer and wider than the existing one. The new architecture is going to support hybrid drivetrains as well as the electric models whenever these are about to appear.
2020 Armada is the Biggest SUV in Nissan Lineup
The largest model in 2020 Nissan SUV lineup is still relatively new. The second generation arrived in 2018 and in this class changes are not so frequent. Whatsoever, the 2020 Nissan Armada interior and exterior will suffer small modifications. The new infotainment system and a larger screen are the major things we could see in the cockpit. Besides that, Platinum and Platinum Reserve models will get the latest technology gadgets and equipment. The price of the base version remains the same, while the upper trim levels are getting a small increase.
Under the hood of the 2020 Armada is a huge V8 engine. A 5.6-liter displacement can deliver 390 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. That is not all since the new full-size SUV is about to get a diesel unit. It is a large 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 we can find under the bonnet of the Titan XD pickup truck. With 330 hp and 555 lb-ft, this SUV would be an off-road beast. That would be Nissan’s response to the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro model.
The Smallest SUV in the Lineup – 2020 Nissan Kicks
Nissan Kicks is 169 inches long. The wheelbase of this subcompact model is 103 inches, width 69 inches, and height 63 in. Model for 2020 will go through a mid-cycle facelift, but we still don’t have complete info about the redesign. Well, this is one of the rare models in the 2020 Nissan SUV lineup where CVT transmission works without lags. The gearbox transfers power to front wheels and there are some rumors telling the next edition could introduce an AWD version.
Until the 2020 Nissan Kicks AWD becomes official, we will be sure in superb fuel economy by FWD model. Configuration with a 1.6-l I-4 drivetrain returns 33 mpg combined and 36 mpg on the open road. Another advantage is a great price of around $19,000. The new Kicks will keep it, no matter how many changes it brings. The crossover comes in three trim levels, and the SR is the top option. The good thing – it costs only $2,000 more than the base one.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
Spy photos are unveiling the first details about the redesign of the three-row mid-size SUV. This class is more and more popular among big families. The model is not as big and expensive as Armada, but it is still agile and fuel-friendly. On the other hand, by folding the rear seats down, you can create over 47 cubic feet of cargo space. With the second row folded, the storage capacity raises to 80 cubic feet.
Under the hood of the new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will be a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The maximum towing capacity of this unit is 6,000 pounds. The SUV will be available with FWD and AWD configurations. The mid-size model will maintain a good fuel economy, although its V6 engine creates 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
We can hear that Nissan is developing a hybrid drivetrain based on this 3.5-liter V6 unit. Toyota is already out with Highlander hybrid. Ford and GM are preparing its vehicles, and Honda Pilot is already set to debut in Europe. It is a matter of time when it will come to the US. Having this in mind, we are just waiting for an announcement that Pathfinder Hybrid is becoming a part of the 2020 Nissan SUV lineup.
2020 Nissan Murano Few Changes For Next Season
The color palette and exterior design will suffer the most. The 2020 Nissan Murano will be a mid-size SUV with seating for 5 persons. Compared to Pathfinder, Murano is 5 inches shorter and lighter. If you are looking for the spacious SUV with good fuel economy, this one is definitely better than a 7-seater. The current version dates from 2015 and in 2016, Nissan added a hybrid version. Next year, fans will see more changes.
The 2020 Nissan Murano will use the same drivetrain as Pathfinder. However, a special setup squeezes 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque from a V6 unit. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine pairs a CVT and electric motors to create 230 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the petrol engine which returns 2128 mpg, the hybrid makes 26/30 mpg. It could return for the 2020 Nissan SUV lineup in the US.
2020 Nissan Juke – European Kicks
Nissan replaced Juke with Kicks a few years ago. However, Juke nameplate remains available outside the US. These two models are close relatives, but its development is now going in separate ways. The 2020 Nissan Juke will come with distinctive styling and exceptional fuel economy. Hybrid is not available, but the special version is on the way for the next season. Juke Nismo is ready to become one of the most favorite Nissans outside the US.
So far, we spotted the new model as a prototype. It seems like that cooperation with Renault is unveiling a new design language. We can look at the brand-new Clio, and the 2020 Nissan Juke will get some similar shapes and curves. The company will try solving all lacks of the cabin since the crossover is too small. Transparency and safety suffered a lot, and it is time to improve these segments.
We’ll See Moree 2020 Nissan X-Trail SUVs
Outside the US, one of the favorite off-road SUVs will be the Nissan X-Trail. This model is already 20 years old, but it never came to the United States. However, its popularity in other regions is high, and the company plans to build even more units. The new factory is ready to start producing 2020 Nissan X-Trail. However, the initial plan was to build this plant in the UK, near Sunderland, but Brexit spoiled the deal. Now, Nissan is looking for another location.
The 2020 Nissan SUV lineup outside the US is going to be very attractive. The X-Trail is offering a wide choice of engines. Petrol units are 1.3-l with 160 hp, 1.6-l with 165 hp, 2.0-l with 145 hp, and 2.5-l with 170 hp. Of course, there are also diesel drivetrains. Here, buyers can pick either 1.6-liter with 130 hp or 2.0-l with 180 hp. Automatic CVT transmission offers 6 or 7 gears.
The Comeback – 2020 Nissan Xterra
During two generations between 1999 and 2015, Nissan Xterra gathered a lot of fans worldwide. However, the SUV couldn’t keep the pace with modern needs. It became too thirsty and too expensive for maintenance. With the segment growing too fast, other models were too versatile for Xterra. Now, with reduced emissions and new engines, the model could come back.
Well, this is just speculation. Whatsoever, some sources are claiming they spotted the test mules. But, the company never mentioned the return of this model for 2020 Nissan SUV lineup. Still, fans are expecting it to take the position somewhere between Rogue and Murano as Rogue Sport did it between Rogue and Kicks. On the other way, the carmaker has an all-electric SUV concept with a similar name…
The Debut – Nissan TeRRA electric SUV
Could this be the next Nissan Xterra? We will see. The TeRRA concept was presented a couple of years ago. After two seasons, its design is still too futuristic. But, the need for an electric vehicle is still there. Nissan produces Leaf, as the best selling EV of all time. But, now it has competition. On the other hand, Nissan plans to expand the range of all-electric models by adding the crossover SUV.
There is no too much info about the production. But, the debut of the model that is closer to production could happen next season. TeRRA could become the part of the 2020 Nissan SUV lineup. Still, there is another question – what would be its name. The similarity between names with Xterra makes us thinking the old model could arrive as the EV. We will find it out soon.