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2014 Nissan Rogue Redesign Aims at Heart of the Market

By: Jeff Youngs, 9/11/2013
Post-recession, the fastest-growing segment of the new-car market is the compact crossover SUV, and with the debut of the redesigned 2014 Rogue, Nissan is positioning its entrant in the class for a leading role in terms of sales.

"Rogue's bold, dynamic new styling is going to generate tremendous attention," said Pierre Loing, vice president, product and advanced planning and strategy, Nissan Americas. "And once buyers take a look inside at the roomy, premium interior and experience the long list of affordable user-friendly technologies, we think they'll be delighted."

The new 2014 Nissan Rogue replaces a model that first arrived in 2008, and which is the second-best selling model in the automaker's lineup. Placed on a new platform jointly developed by Nissan and Renault, and built in Tennessee for U.S. consumption, the all-new 2014 Rogue will be on sale in 190 countries around the world.

More aerodynamic than before, and equipped with a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs, the new Rogue retains its compact exterior size but adds an interior with "unexpected roominess." Standard equipment includes new "zero-gravity" front-seat designs similar to those found in the current Nissan Altima. The 2014 Rogue also has an EZ Flex Seating System with a sliding and reclining 40/20/40 split second-row seat and a fold-flat front passenger's seat that allows the Rogue to accommodate an 8-foot ladder with the rear liftgate closed. Unusual for the compact crossover segment, the new Rogue will offer an optional stadium-style 50/50 split third-row seat for 7-passenger seating capacity.

When the third-row seat is not added to the SUV, the Rogue is equipped with a Divide-N-Hide cargo system offering hidden storage space and a variety of ways to configure the cargo area. Nissan says the new Rogue carries a maximum of 70 cu. ft. of cargo with the rear seat folded down, on par with the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.

As is true of the outgoing 2013 Rogue, the redesigned 2014 version is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. A new next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode is standard, delivering the power to the crossover's front wheels. An Intuitive All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system is optional.

The new CVT, combined with the Rogue's aerodynamic improvements, increases fuel-economy ratings for 2014. Though official EPA estimates are not published as this preview is written, Nissan projects fuel-economy numbers for the 2014 Rogue to be 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg in combined driving when equipped with standard front-wheel drive.

In addition, the new Rogue is equipped with Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking, and Active Ride Control. Active Trace Control improves cornering response by automatically applying the brakes and improves handling feel through torque vectoring. Active Engine Braking automatically helps to slow the SUV, requiring less pedal effort from the driver while braking. Active Ride Control reduces "head bobble" over bumps by automatically applying the brakes and adjusting engine torque.

Hill-start assist is also standard for the new Rogue, and hill-descent control is included with the optional Intelligent AWD system. The Rogue is also equipped with Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert System, which notifies the driver when a tire is low on air, and chirps the horn while the driver is filling the tire in order to signal that proper tire pressure has been reached.

In the United States, the 2014 Rogue will be offered in S, SV, and SL trim levels. A reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability, and a hands-free text-messaging assistant are standard for all trim levels. The SV adds comfort, convenience, and appearance upgrades, while the SL has leather, a premium audio system, navigation system, and more.

Several option packages are available, and depending on the trim level selected, the Rogue can be upgraded with a third-row seat, panoramic moonroof, and Safety Shield technologies including an Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection system, blind-spot warning system, lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision warning system.

Prices for the 2014 Nissan Rogue will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date. It is expected to roll into showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2013.

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