Nissan is working on its best-selling model, the Rogue crossover SUV. The 2021 Nissan Rogue should initialize the third generation of the model coming after the current version introduced for 2014. Nissan’s best-selling vehicle is the rival in highly competitive compact crossover SUV class alongside the well-known names like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.
Nissan updated the Rogue for the 2017 model year when the model received also the hybrid version but the 2020 Rogue discontinued this option due to slow sales. The Rogue has constantly been increasing the sales since the arrival of the second-generation version and the sales in the US exceeded 400, 000 units in the last two years.
As for the third-generation version, it was spotted in the prototype form which seems to be in the advanced phase of development. The redesigned Rogue should continue on the updated platform combined with the styling philosophy influenced by the 2018 Nissan Xmotion Concept. It will again equip the brand’s most advanced safety technologies and should offer multiple powertrain options.
2021 Nissan Rogue: Design
The next-generation 2021 Nissan Rogue should keep the current Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance Common Module Family platform which debuted with the second-generation Rogue and now is the base of many Renault and Nissan models. The platform will be the revised design which should further improve the model’s ride quality and implementation of the newest technologies.
While the platform is the update of the previous generation, the model will adopt the new design language. The spy photos suggest that the redesigned Rogue adopted some styling cues from the Xmotion Concept vehicle. That means blockier and straight-up shape than on the current version. We can detect sharper and tighter beltline on the prototype and reshaped fender flares.
The front section also gets a new treatment defined with the new version of the V-motion grille and new headlights setup. The grille seems wider and inverted trapezoidal shape with multiple horizontal slats. The new headlights seem also to have split-design with the main headlights sit high up while the daytime running lights are positioned lower. This is the same trend applied to the new Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevy Blazer.
The rear doesn’t seem to hide anything special. The taillights are new, horizontally paced and narrower than the previous design. The camouflage might-however, hide the floating roofline which combined with the rear, tailgate-mounted spoiler should form a sportier impression.
The important could also be the rear window which seems larger which should mean larger overall proportions of the model and more space in the third row.
The interior of the model is still a mystery but there should also be significant upgrades.
The new-generation Rogue should provide more interior room and come with the redesigned dash. The current dated-looking infotainment system should be replaced with the new platform with improved performance and larger, high-resolution touchscreen.
Nissan is also expected to lift the material quality level slightly. The model will again equip the brand’s newest safety systems including ProPilot Assist feature, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, etc. but with the significant technological upgrade.
2021 Nissan Rogue: Performance
No details appeared suggesting the powertrain options of the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue. The hybrid version was discontinued for the 2020 model year and we don’t have info whether it will return.
The 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit seems, however, as the sure bet. The current engine version provides 170 hp and torque of 175 pound-feet. The engine will again be in pair with the continuously variable transmission. Buyers will again pick between front- and all-wheel drive.
The new Rogue could, however, raise the stake with a new turbocharged engine under the hood. A 2.0-liter variable compression rate turbocharged inline-4 engine could be a more potent alternative to the naturally aspirated unit.
Outside the US, the model should get 1.7- and 2.0-liter diesel units as well as the 2.5-liter petrol.
2021 Nissan Rogue: Release, Price
The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue will debut sometime in 2020 with the on-sale date later in the year. As for the price of the model, there should be a slight increase considering upgraded tech and design. The base Rogue should be available from around $27, 000.