Renault-Nissan plans to increase its shipment of Nissan Rogue crossovers from South Korea to the United States by 38 percent this year to cater to increasing demand in North America. The alliance had planned to build 80,000 US-bound Rogues at Renault’s site in South Korea, but demand has tipped them to build 30,000 more to 110,000 units.
Nissan commenced production of the Rogue crossover in South Korea in 2014, which has allowed Renault Samsung, its partner’s local unit, to use the idle capacity at its South Korean plant. Renault Samsung saw its local sales dwindle by almost half in 2012, no thanks to increasing competition from Hyundai Motor Co. and German carmakers.
Renault Samsung, however, has seen its sales recover since then. The Rogue crossover is Nissan’s No.2 model in terms of sales in the US, with the Altima midsize sedan reigning as the brand’s best-seller.
Nissan sold 13-percent more Rogues in January 2015 than in the same month last year. Nissan transferred the output of the crossover from Japan to the US and commenced its production in Tennessee in 2013.
Launched in the US in 2014, the new 2015 Nissan Rogue can be availed at a starting price of $22,790, or an increase of $300 over the 2014 model. Each new Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of delivering up to 170 hp of output. This engine is mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with Sport and Eco Mode switches.
In such configuration, a new front-wheel drive 2015 Nissan Rogue model is expected to return a fuel economy of 33 mpg on the highway, 26 mpg in the city and 28 mpg combined. Standard features for the new Rogue include the 5.0-inch center meter Advanced Driver Assist Display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone system, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth as well as Hands-free Text messaging assistant.
The new 2014 Nissan Rogue comes equipped with standard halogen headlights with signature LED daytime running lights. The headlights can be specified as LED units with auto levelizer. The new Rogue also comes equipped with a rear spoiler and body-colored exterior mirrors with standard integrated turn signals. In addition, the new Rogue is provided with fog lights, roof rails, power liftgate, heated exterior mirrors and privacy glass.
Optionally available for the 2015 Nissan Rogue are Quick Comfort heated front seats, leather-wrapped seats, heated cloth front seats as well as Bose audio system with nine speakers. Technologies available for the new Rogue include NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, NavTraffic and NavWeather, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW).