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Nissan mulls Rogue hybrid for US

The JDM X-Trail pairs a 2.0-liter inline four with a 40-horsepower electric motor and CVT.

Nissan is reportedly considering a Rogue hybrid for the US market.

The model was already unveiled last week for Japanese customers as the X-Trail Hybrid, which pairs a 40 horsepower electric motor with a 2.0-liter direct-injection inline-four that provides an extra 145 ponies and 153 lb-ft of torque.

The company did not officially confirm plans to offer the X-Trail Hybrid outside of Japan, but the vehicle's chief engineer, Nobusuke Toukura, has told Automotive News that a US launch is under review.

The X-Trail's hybrid system promises to deliver both fuel efficiency and better low-end torque compared to the standard gasoline-powered edition. It achieves a 48.5 mpg rating in Japanese test cycles. US numbers will likely be much lower, but still higher than the standard Rogue's city/highway EPA rating of 26/33 mpg in front-wheel-drive form.

The Pathfinder Hybrid is good for 25/27 mpg in either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations, compared to 20/26 mpg for the standard edition outfitted with a 3.5-liter V6.

The company has not announced if a final decision has been made regarding a US launch.

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