Nissan to Sell Two Versions of Rogue in U.S. Market
By: Philly Murtha, 10/3/2013
Nissan's new 2014 model is built on a new platform jointly designed by Nissan and its French affiliate Renault at Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The new model features "bold and dramatic design, a roomier, premium interior with more user-friendly and affordable technologies," according to a Nissan design official. The new Rogue is available in three trim levels. It will have a base price of $23,350 for the base front-wheel-drive (FWD) S trim level. A number of added safety and connectivity features have been added to the SV and SL trim levels on the 2014 model.
As noted, the current-generation Rogue Select, which first arrived in the U.S. market in 2008 as a 2009 model, will have a base MSRP of less than $20,000 when it reaches showrooms in January. Both the Rogue Select and the redesigned 2014 Rogue are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower that is mated with a more fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Through the first 8 months of 2013, sales of the current model rose in double digits from the same period in 2012, to 113,316 units, based on manufacturer-reported sales data. Rogue is Nissan's second-best-selling model after the Altima midsize sedan, which continues to be one of the 10 best-selling models in the U.S. market. The Honda CR-V and Ford Escape remain the best-selling compact CUVs in the U.S. market. However, the Rogue is in the top 10 in segment sales according to industry data tracked by our forecasting partner, LMC Automotive.
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