Nissan is planning the introduction of the 2017 Rogue SUV, the model coming with a hybrid version, improved design lines and a plethora of safety features and mechanics. The model will be announced in a couple of months, with prices to be unveiled prior to its arrival in dealerships.

The successor of the 2013 YM is looking fresh in terms of design, the all-new model coming with a choice of three exterior color, new front headlamps, Murano-inspired “V-motion” grille as well as an updated bumper with rectangular fog lights.

At the rear end, the model stands-out from the crowd with revised taillights with boomerang-like LEDs, adding chrome side moldings and so on. The entire exterior and body styling is complemented with the new 17-, 18- and 19-inch choice of alloys.

As for the interior, the carmaker chose to fit the cabin with a sport-like steering wheel, sport-mode shifter, updated front center console, new upholstery with cloth and leather as well as other high-end equipment and high-tech gizmos.

The biggest surprise is that besides the standard 2.5-liter flat-four gasoline engine – with 170 horsepower ad 175 lb-ft of torque, the 2017 Rogue will also be offered with a hybrid version, pairing a 2.0-liter flat-four gasoline with an electric motor and the Xtronic transmission.

Also, the hybrid drivetrain will be hooked to a compact lithium-ion battery, the Japanese carmaker stating that it “maintains its flat rear floor for easy passenger access to the rear seat and little reduction of cargo room.”

The hybrid version comes with a total of 176 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, out of which 40 horsepower and 118 lb-of torque are produced by the 30kW electric motor which powers the front wheel. The model comes with a FWD EPA of 33 mpg city/35 mpg highway/34 mpg combined, while the AWD burns out 31 mpg city/34 mpg highway / 33 mpg combined.