Just last week, Nissan surprised the public by releasing a teaser photo of the upcoming Rogue compact SUV for the 2021 model year ahead of its debut. Now, the model has officially been revealed.
Getting a comprehensive redesign for the coming year, the new Nissan Rogue’s styling goes up a notch both inside and out. It’s the same basic formula, but with improved interior and exterior features to make it more competitive in a segment dominated by the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The model is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. However, Nissan won’t be offering a hybrid version or another engine option.
In terms of fuel economy, it is up by 1 to 2 mpg depending on the trim level for a combined estimate somewhere between 28 and 30 mpg.
There is no significant change in the size of the new Rogue compared to the outgoing model, but Nissan says it is riding a new platform in 2021. It also retains the same wheelbase, except this time it’s shorter by 1.5 inches. Two rows of seats are also making a comeback, but there is now lesser cargo space behind the second row with 37 cubic feet versus the previous 39.
All three variants—S, SV, and SL—are still going to be offered next year and will be joined by the Platinum trim that features a 12.3-inch digital cluster, quilted leather upholstery, and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Nissan will have two-tone exterior color options for the SUV and most of the brand’s driver-assistance features come as standard equipment, while the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous system will be limited to the SL and Platinum trims.
Inside the vehicle, buyers will get to enjoy a new dashboard design as well as seats that offer more knee-room and headroom. It also features a noticeably bigger console area and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring.
Optional add-ons include a 9.0-inch screen for the SL and Platinum models, a head-up display on the Rogue Platinum trim, as well as rear-window sunshades and tri-zone climate control.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue is set to arrive at dealership lots sometime this fall with a starting price expected at $26,000 for the base trim and $40,000 for the complete Platinum model with an all-wheel drive.