There's an all-new Nissan Rogue around the corner and this is the first time we've been able to see it on public roads.
The next-generation Rogue has been spotted undergoing testing in the United States and it’s plain to see that Nissan wants to keep its design a secret for the time being. Still, the shape of the compact SUV is not revolutionary.
It’s just what one would expect from a family SUV, although it would have been nice if the new Rogue took inspiration from the bold 2018 Nissan Xmotion Concept. Compared to the current model launched for the 2014 model year, the all-new Rogue appears boxier and more solid, with that impression reinforced by the fact that it’s a slightly larger vehicle. Just look at the third lateral window which is way bigger than on the current model.
It makes sense for Nissan to increase the size of the Rogue in order to differentiate it further from the Rogue Sport. In doing so, the cabin should become roomier as well, especially for third-row passengers.
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Looking closer at the front end it becomes pretty clear that the 2021 Nissan Rogue will adopt a separate headlight / driving light setup, with the DRLs placed lower from the main headlight. It’s an arrangement also seen on rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Blazer but let’s not forget that Nissan was one of the first brands to make the split headlights a thing with the first-generation Juke.
At the rear, the horizontal taillights appear narrower than on the current Rogue and the camouflage on the rear window can’t hide the fact that designers went for a "floating roof" look considering the shape of the rear pillars. There’s certainly a sportier vibe to this new Rogue and the chunky roof spoiler attests that.
For now, it is not clear whether the Rogue will gain a new powertrain or will continue to offer the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine hooked to a CVT. One thing is certain, though: the safety tech update will be significant. Expect the all-new Rogue to debut sometime next year as a 2021 model.