What is it
Revealed at the Montreal auto show, the prototype equips Nissan's top-seller in Canada with snow tracks to take on extreme winter weather. Micra Cup champion Olivier Bedard describes the driving experience as "really wild".
Quebec-based Motorsports in Action outfitted the compact crossover with Dominator tracks made by America Track Truck. The tracks measure 76 cm in height, 122 cm in length, and 38 cm in width, with 58-cm ground clearance. Nissan claims it could climb a 45-degree groomed slope such as you might find at Mont-Tremblant, achieving speeds up to 100 km/h.
Under the hood
The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, is matched with an "Xtronic" transmission offering sport mode and eco switches – presumably the driver of the Warrior would be least concerned with fuel efficiency during an adventurous snow-packed off-road journey. For this model year, Nissan made its transmission some 10 per cent more efficient.
What else is new?
To accommodate the tracks, the four-wheel independent suspension is customized, and snow guards are applied. Otherwise, the transmission and all-wheel drivetrain are identical to the street model's. The "active engine braking" feature of the continuously variable transmission assists the driver in slowing the Rogue, no doubt a handy extra when driving down that 45-metre slope. Plus, the all-wheel drive option is available with hill-descent control.
When can I buy it, and at what price?
Not available presently.
4.5 stars (out of 5)
Safe to assume, you'll be the only one on the block (if not the city) with this sort of vehicle, unless your residence is in Fernie, Nelson, Golden or similar British Columbia city located near cat-skiing operations.
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