Nissan Motor Co. has invited Canadian journalists to Quebec's Laurentian mountains to give them the chance to be behind the wheel of the all-new Rogue and take it on a spin on the ice-covered Mecaglisse circuit in Notre Dame-de-la-Merci. "There is no better place, even in Canada," remarked Christian Meunier, president of Nissan Canada.
He said that Nissan Canada was looking for a special location to show the journalists “what it is like to drive the Rogue in the true Canadian winter." The Mecaglisse circuit, part of a purpose-built, 700-acre all-season motorsports facility, could provide a good representation of the most extreme challenges in terms of road traction that any driver could encounter. The ice-covered circuit is an ideal place to highlight the advantages of Rogue's advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
"It is not only just about AWD, the wheels powering down. It is also about the steering, the braking and how all of Rogue's systems come together to deliver a confident ride and driving experience," remarked Tim Franklin, Product Planning, Nissan Canada.
The Nissan Rogue has managed to impress experienced winter drivers, including the facility’s co-owner, Franck Kirchhoff. "I drove this car yesterday, and even if you drive without studs, only on regular winter tires, you really feel the car, and the handling is really good,” Kirchoff said. “I drive many cars during the winter, and I feel the Rogue is one of the best SUVs that you can get."
The exterior of the 2014 Nissan Rogue has been completely redesigned to convey a more premium appearance that doesn’t compromise with its functional capabilities. Inside its compact packaging is a spacious cabin made possible by its long wheelbase as well as short front and rear overhangs.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Rogue features a longer wheelbase (plus 0.6 inches), shorter front overhang (minus 1.5 inches) as well as increased overall height (plus 1.2 inches). Rear passengers have an easier time getting into and out of the rear cabin thanks to the fact that the new Rogue offers wider opening rear doors (77 degrees).
Featuring bold, sharp body lines, the new Nissan Rogue offers an assertive stance made possible by its large wheel wells and the available 18-inch wheels and tires. Nissan optimized the A-pillar section and the shape of the exterior mirrors to reduce wind noise while at the same time lowered the coefficient of drag by around 10 percent to 0.33 Cd.
Nissan also optimized the rear roof spoiler, rear side spoiler and rear combination lights to further reduce turbulence behind the body. Aerodynamics is also improved through a muffler spoiler, a rear bumper closing panel and rear suspension cover, as well as engine under cover, fuel tank deflector and front tire deflectors.
The new Nissan Rogue employs – as standard -- halogen headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as turn signals integrated on the body-colored exterior mirrors and a rear spoiler.
LED headlights with auto levelizer, fog lights and privacy glass are offered as options for the Rogue, so are roof rails, power liftgate and heated outside mirrors. Also available are power panoramic moonroof, which features a fixed rear glass panel and a sliding and tilting front glass panel. When in an open position, the front panel slides under the fixed rear panel.