Nissan Rogue Teased Ahead Of Global Debut

Marco Green
June 16, 2020

Not long now before the all new Nissan X-Trail makes its debut, the fourth generation of the ubiquitous SUV set to be revealed tonight. Slit-like running lights sit directly beneath the hood, the Rogue's headlamps midway down the grille.

Front-wheel-drive cars offer three driving modes - Sport, Standard and Eco - while four-wheel-drive models gain Off-road and Snow functions additionally. The front grille, now more aggressive than that found on the previous-gen Rogue, has an active grille shutter to make it more efficient. It also allows the rear doors to swing open to almost 90 degrees for easier access.

On the interior, Nissan went with a "family hub" design.

Inside, X-Trail has been fully updated with the addition of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on higher grades (lower grades will have a 7.0-inch unit), which combines with a 10.8-inch full-colour head-up display to give the driver a new level of available information.

"Other changes include a three-zone climate control setup (one for each occupant up front, one for the rear passengers), rear doors that now open 90 degrees, a "butterfly" centre console that opens from the centre in part to "[allow] for easy "pass-back" access to the second row", and a proximity key that now lets you press buttons on the rear doors to unlock the auto (and not just the front doors).

2021 Nissan Rogue
Nissan Rogue Teased Ahead Of Global Debut

Not much else is known about the upcoming Rogue / X-Trail, but Automotive News Europe previously reported that it would continue to use the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF platform, and that some versions would adopt a plug-in-hybrid drivetrain derived from new alliance partner Mitsubishi's next-generation Outlander. It's outfitted with a tweaked version of the outgoing car's 2.5-litre direct-injected inline-four now producing 181 horsepower and 82 kg-ft of torque over the 2020 model's 170 horsepower and 79 kg-ft.

Nissan hopes that these optional safety upgrades, along with new tech and revamped styling inside and out, will be enough to keep the Rogue at the top of its sales charts.

Nissan's engineers added three-dimensional tire deflectors to the lower front fascia of the Rogue in order to push more air away from the tire chop in forward motion.

The Nissan X-Motion Concept strongly influenced the design of the 2021 Rogue.

Set to go on sale in the USA next autumn, Nissan won't release pricing until closer to that release date but Haslam hinted "We expect to be extremely competitive". The hybrid model is also expected to be retained for certain markets, and further electrified variants are possible down the line. A year ago the Rogue sold 350,000 units - nearly 30 percent of Nissan's total annual sales in America. Nissan has been struggling to reverse a broader decline in sales and earnings, so the launch of the all-new Rogue will be a critical step in turning things around.

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