The decision was announced in a news release about the new X-Trail (the Rogue in America) Hybrid in the country.
“In addition, the new X-Trail Hybrid will have Forward Emergency Braking as standard equipment, expanding its safety technology features,” Nissan said. “Nissan is planning to introduce Forward Emergency Braking as standard on major models in Japan, by the end of autumn 2015.”
If Nissan makes the technology standard in the U.S., it could reduce crash volume but incorporate more expensive sensors into the auto body itself, raising the cost of repair. The technology will be required to get a five-star crash rating, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced earlier this year.
The company was the No. 5 brand in the U.S. and the No. 6 overall automaker in 2014 when you take into account multiple makes from the same company (i.e. Toyota and Lexus), according to GoodCarBadCar. The Rogue was the No. 20 model in America last year with 199,199 (really!) SUVs sold and Nissan’s second-most-popular vehicle behind the Altima.
Nissan offered few other automatic braking details Tuesday and said nothing about U.S. plans for the Rogue or the technology.
Nissan, April 7, 2015
Featured image: The Nissan X-Trail is shown at the 2014 Toyko Auto Salon. The new X-Trail on sale in May will make automatic braking standard. (Provided by Nissan)