Unreleased photos purportedly of the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue are circulating online, giving the public a preview of what to expect from the model’s comprehensive upgrade.
The source of the photos has not been determined, but Nissan confirmed the new version of its most popular nameplate in America is planned for an official reveal within the next few months.
The current generation Rogue debuted in 2013, which means a redesign is long overdue. And judging the appearance of the vehicle in the leaked images, it looks similar to what was previously caught in spy photos: an SUV with a prominent V-shaped grille and a split-level headlight treatment.
The overall shape seems boxier than the outgoing Rogue, which has a squared-off rear end. As for the interior, it features pretty much the same accoutrements as its recently redesigned siblings, the Sentra and Altima, such as a tablet-style infotainment screen dominating the dashboard and diamond-quilted leather seats.
In terms of the mechanism, the new Rogue is expected to share the same underpinnings as the Altima. This means the compact SUV will also be powered by a standard 2.5-liter inline-four engine that delivers around 180 horsepower. The engine is also presumed to pair with a CVT and either a front- or an all-wheel-drive setup.
It is also reported that the Japanese automaker might offer the VC-Turbo 2.0-liter inline-four with a variable compression ratio as an upgrade option for the model.
Pricing-wise, the upcoming Rogue is likely going to stay within the same range as the current model. It carries a starting price of $26,395 for the entry-level S trim and goes up to as much as $36,000 for a fully-loaded SL variant.
Nissan is expected to release additional information in the coming months as it looks to enter the production phase of the 2021 Rogue this fall. Sales are set to begin at the end of the year.