Nissan Rogue Warrior struts its tracks at Toronto auto show
Nissan Rogue Warrior struts its tracks at Toronto auto show (Photo: Nissan Canada)
Nick Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:02AM EST
Nissan is showcasing its tread-for-wheels Rogue Warrior snow vehicle at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto.
The Rogue Warrior is a crossover SUV fitted with American Track Truck’s Dominator heavy-duty snow tracks, installed by Quebec-based Motorsports in Action (MIA). Outside of the adjustments made to the suspension and the fitting of some custom snow guards, the Warrior is essentially a stock Rogue.
It uses the Rogue’s factory Xtronic transmission and all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, and can tackle snow at up to 100 km/h and even climb groomed-snow grades of up to 45 degree inclines.
While the Rogue Warrior isn’t impossible to handle, to play things safe Nissan is only letting 2015 Micra Cup champion Olivier Bédard behind the wheel. “In the past year, I’ve quickly progressed my competitive driving skills,” Bédard said. “I’ve gone from karting, to racing in a subcompact Micra, and now I have driven a really wild off-roader, the Rogue Warrior.”
The Rogue crossover is the best-selling Nissan in Canada, and was recently joined in Nissan’s concept car stable by two other “Winter Warriors,” a Murano and Pathfinder, which made their debuts at the Chicago auto show that happens concurrent with Toronto’s.
The 2016 CIAS exhibit runs until February 21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.