Car companies get very creative when developing concept cars. They are trying to showcase their design and technology capabilities and to present themselves as worthy competitors for other car manufacturers. It is easy to show new design features – car does not even have to move on the stand in the car show. Demonstrating dynamics and off-road capabilities is much more difficult, but Nissan found a way.
For the occasion of the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show Nissan presented a Rogue Warrior concept car. Although it looks a lot like simple Rogue crossover, which is the best-selling Nisan product in Canada, it has serious off-road performance thanks to its full snow track system. Tracks, measuring 76/122/38 cm, allow this crossover drive through very harsh winter conditions, where even normal big SUV’s would struggle.
Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc., said: “Nissan has a well-rounded suite of all-wheel drive crossover vehicles to master the toughest winter roads. In fact, Nissan’s all-wheel drive system adapts to road conditions 30 times faster than the blink of an eye. The Rogue Warrior symbolizes the essence of our popular crossover and sport utility vehicle family, while also reminding show goers what Nissan is all about – being bold, pushing the limits, and exciting capability that’s anchored in quality”.
Surely, to create such concept it is not enough to bolt tracks to the car. Although Nissan’s AWD drivetrain remained the same, as other powertrain components, engineers had to modify suspension, body to allow room for the tracks and install custom snow guards. All this kit gives the Rogue Warrior ground clearance of 58 cm and allows it to reach speed of up to 100km/h and scale a 45 degree grade in groomed snow. Not only this shows how advanced Nissan’s AWD system is, but it also showcases the impressive Xtronic transmission, which is perfectly suited to harsh winter conditions, because it always stays in the right gear and provides stronger acceleration from a standing start.
Although it is unlikely that we will see something like a Rogue Warrior concept on the streets any time soon, it does show its rather impressive off-road capabilities. Nissan is not going to build such car as demand would be minute, but some owners of Rogue may modify their cars to fit tracks, as only such minor adjustments were needed. Of course, it is not the first AWD car fitted with tracks in the world, but it does show that even crossovers can be very handy in harsh winter conditions.