Nissan has unveiled a new version of its Rogue compact sports utility vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show, simultaneous with the unveiling of the same vehicle at its Farmington Hills tech center. The Rogue is Nissan’s second best-selling vehicle in the United States, with annual sales of around 150,000 units.
The Rogue will be powered by Nissan's 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides up to 170 hp of output and 175 lb-ft of torque, paired to a continuously variable transmission as standard. The 2014 Rogue comes in front-wheel drive as standard, although buyers could opt for the all-wheel drive version.
The new Rogue is underpinned by jointly developed Nissan-Renault Common Module Family platform, which is set to be offered in 190 countries. According to Pierre Loing, chief of Nissan product planning and strategy for the Americas, the new Rogue will have an EPA-certified highway fuel economy of 33 mpg for a front-wheel-drive model, making it the most fuel-efficient compact SUV.
Fred Diaz, divisional vice president of sales and marketing, Nissan North America, remarked that there is a growing demand for compact SUVs around the world due to their “user-friendly combination of right-sized exteriors, flexible interior utility and low environmental impact."
He added that through sharing development costs, while adapting powertrains, designs and equipment offerings for each specific region, Nissan was able “to add features and technologies while keeping prices affordable."
Although the 2014 Rogue is around an inch shorter than the outgoing model, its wheelbase, width and height grew slightly in dimensions. The 2014 model boasts of an optional third-row seat that allows carriage of two children, bringing the Rogue’s maximum capacity to seven.
It also boasts of the “Divide and Hide” cargo system that allows for 18 different variations between cargo and passenger space. Customers could avail of a number of options like navigation, Nissan's Around View monitor, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning. The Japanese carmaker is also moving the production of the Rogue from its home country to Smyrna, Tennessee, with a planned rollout of the 2014 model in November with a starting price of $22,490. [source: Nissan]