2021 Nissan Rogue Spy Shots, New Engine

2021 Nissan Rogue will go through a serious redesign. The newest spy photos reveal that the nose of the compact SUV will get most of the treatment. Also, the cabin will follow the same path, adding new features, and more appealing design language. The Rogue is the company’s best-selling model for two years straight.

The Japanese automaker will not dwell on this and wait until the numbers drop down to act. The redesign is the right move. We expect that after the launch of the new model, the sales will jump to a half-mill per year. The new model will debut next year. Still, the company didn’t give the precise release date.

Moreover, the compact crossover will probably get a new engine. Its European version – Nissan Qashqai recently introduced a 1.3-liter turbocharged powertrain. Therefore, expect to see this engine for the 2021 Rogue lineup as well. On top of that, the hybrid version will get some updates, perhaps with a plug-in configuration.

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2021 Nissan Rogue Changes

2021 Nissan Rogue will deliver some significant changes, both for exterior and interior. However, it still pretty early to talk precisely about detail. We heard certain rumors regarding the cabin of the upcoming compact crossover SUV.

But, the company reports show that the interior will be built at the end of the process. In the meantime, the shape of test mules reveals a distinctive look and dimensions of the forthcoming model. The new Rogue comes with a bit boxier and more squarish form than before. Still, not as boxy as some well-known class rivals.

Furthermore, we look forward to seeing how Nissan will resolve one of the main issues – driving mechanics. Of course, it ‘not that bad, but it might be a significant setback of this vehicle. Also, the crossover could share a few things with the brand-new Nissan Altima, that debuted this year. Therefore, we expect a very similar design approach and features, as well.

What’s Gonna Be Under The Hood?

2021 Nissan Rogue comes with the old trusty 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder drivetrain. This mill is capable of producing 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The company keeps the continuously variable transmission, with no intentions to replace it, although the next-gen of the crossover is arriving.

Furthermore, 2021 Rogue offers a few drive modes that will enhance performance, save fuel, or pick the best combination if you choose the Normal Mode. According to our sources, the Japanese automaker is developing a refined hybrid system for the Rogue as well. At the moment, the engine runs on its own, by using electric power only.

However, the engineering department will try to increase the driving range in the future. Also, the 2.0-liter engine + electric motor combination will provide more horsepower. Still, the fuel economy is the main priority. We expect that the new model will maintain at least 35 mpg combined.

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New Engine

Another option is an entirely new unit. It could be a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill. So, should we expect to see the Nismo trim? There’s a chance, but we must wait for the official announcement. The 2.0-liter powertrain should deliver 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Recently, the European version of Rogue – Nissan Qashqai presented the brand-new unit. It is a 1.3-liter petrol engine, with a total output of 160 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Even since the debut, the automotive experts are confident that it will be used for the Rogue as well.

So, this mill could solve the problem we mentioned earlier – driving mechanics and impressions. Also, the new engine could improve the entire system with refined suspension and shocks setup. But, it’s up to the company’s executives to make that decision.

Self-Driving System Level 4

No doubt, the Japanese carmaker is one of the leaders in self-driving systems. Still, Nissan can’t match Level 3 of the autonomous drive that Tesla is offering. However, the company is planning to introduce the next stage of this system very soon. At the moment, the ProPilot feature can maintain speed and distance. Also, numerous sensors around the vehicle can activate the brakes if necessary.

The differences between Level 3 and Level 4 are minor. So, Nissan could jump over the lower tier and develop the systems for the more advanced autonomous system. Still, they are not the only one with such plans, since BMW and Audi also working on similar things.

2021 Nissan Rogue Trims and Price

2021 Nissan Rogue will offer the same trim levels as in the previous version. Also, the price range shouldn’t vary much from the 2020 model. So, the base level is S, and it will come with a starting price of around $25,500. The mid-range trim is SV, with more equipment and a reasonable starting price of $26,700.

The top-ranking and most expensive model will be Rogue SL, with a price tag of $31,600. With these prices, 2021 Rogue is in line with Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. However, Subaru Forester starts lower and offers an AWD as standard.

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