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.
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.
The 2014 Rogue's totally remodelled exterior gives an exceptional, first-rate quality appearance and vibe with no trade-off of the operational aspects that are so vital to owners in this class. Rogue offers a compact general size and adequate interior spaciousness, thanks largely to its elongated wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. Compared with the past generation Rogue, the wheelbase has been heightened by 0.6 inch, the general height increased by 1.2 inches and the front overhang lessened by 1.5 inches. In addition, the rear doors have been engineered with a broader opening (77 degrees) for flawless entry and exit to the rear passenger space.
Nissan Rogue's strong, sharp bodylines offer a lively and charismatic appearance, balancing its smooth style with an audacious posture given by huge wheelwells and available 18-inch wheels and tires. The coefficient of drag has been diminished by around 10 percent from the past models to a class-leading 0.33 by enhancing the A-pillar section and outside mirror shapes, which likewise decreases wind noise. The turbulence behind the body has been diminished through the optimization of the rear roof spoiler, rear side spoiler and rear combination lights. The underbody aerodynamic devices are a Nissan-first muffler spoiler, alongside a rear bumper closing board, fuel tank deflector, rear suspension cover, engine under cover and front tire deflectors.
Exterior features incorporate standard halogen headlights with signature LED daytime running lights putting forth an intense visual expression. Likewise included are body-color outside mirrors with standard incorporated turn signals and a rear spoiler. Also offered are LED headlights with auto levelizer, fog lights, privacy glass, roof rails, heated outside mirrors and power liftgate.