2021 Nissan Rogue Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 15, 2020
  • 5-passenger crossover SUV
  • Redesigned, with major tech upgrades
  • 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 181 horsepower
  • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • Debuts Vehicle Motion Control system
  • New luxury-oriented Platinum trim level
  • On sale in fall of 2020

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Young families are the target market for the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue, which boasts updated and upgraded technologies as well as an available new luxury-themed trim level. Otherwise, this new 5-passenger crossover is fairly familiar.

As was true of the outgoing version of the SUV, the 2021 Rogue comes in S, SV, and SL trim levels, with a new Platinum trim adding plenty of upscale features. Highlights include a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission, and front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

When the new 2021 Nissan Rogue goes on sale in the fall of 2020, it will be more competitive with the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum Gray Front View

Exterior Features - Find the best Nissan deals!

Nissan is calling the 2021 Rogue a midsize crossover, but it competes with traditional compact SUVs. Shorter in length by 1.2 inches and lower to the ground by 0.2 inches compared to the outgoing version of the SUV, the new Nissan Rogue is more aerodynamic than the previous model, which should result in improved fuel economy.

2020 Nissan Rogue Platinum Red Rear View

Led by Nissan’s V-Motion grille design, the new Rogue features a stacked LED running light and LED headlight arrangement for a sleeker appearance. The company leans heavily on SUV styling cues such as gray cladding and simulated front and rear skid plates in order to convey the Rogue’s role as an active lifestyle support vehicle. Like other modern Nissans, the Rogue adopts design details that make the roof appear to be floating, and five different two-tone paint color schemes are available.

Interior Features - Find the best Nissan deals!

Nissan crafted the Rogue’s cabin to serve as a “Family Hub” that provides comfort and utility for all. The interior comes in Charcoal, Gray, and Tan colors, with leather standard in the Rogue SL. The Rogue Platinum has premium semi-aniline leather with a quilt-stitch pattern.

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum Black Interior Dashboard

To that end, the automaker’s NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” seat designs are used front and rear. The front center console resembles a bridge, with the upper portion housing an electronic shifter, cupholders, and a storage area while the bottom portion serves as an additional open storage area. The front center armrest has a butterfly-style opening, which Nissan says makes it easier to pass things to the people in the second row.

Equipped with three sets of LATCH anchors, the Rogue accommodates child safety seats in any of the three back seat seating positions. Plus, the rear doors open to nearly a 90-degree angle, which Nissan says makes it easier for a parent or care-giver to maneuver while carrying a child safety seat.

Nissan did not define cargo area volumes but did say that expanding space is easier thanks to a split one-touch folding rear seat design. Also, the Rogue’s “Divide-N-Hide” cargo management system returns, offering an organized storage solution in the cargo area.

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According to Nissan, the Rogue Platinum includes ambient cabin lighting, premium leather, heated rear seats, digital instrumentation, a head-up display, a premium sound system, navigation, and the top version of driving assistance technology.

Other Rogues, depending on the trim level, offer a claimed class-exclusive triple-zone automatic climate control system and a new 4-door version of Nissan’s Intelligent Key keyless entry system. A remote engine starting system is also available, and Rogue owners can run the heat or air conditioning in advance of driving.

Cold climate dwellers will appreciate the available heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and heated outside mirrors. Rear side window sunshades are also offered for this SUV, perfect for when you’re carrying a newborn or toddler in a reverse-facing child seat. A remote rear seat folding feature is available, along with a new motion-activated hands-free power rear liftgate.

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Nissan says the 2021 Rogue has a direct-injected version of the SUV’s familiar 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 181 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. Those figures represent increases of 11 hp and 6 lb.-ft. compared to the previous Rogue.

Aside from mentioning a new electronic shifter, Nissan didn’t divulge details about the Rogue’s transmission. It’s an almost certain bet that it’s a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

A new Vehicle Motion Control (VMC) system debuts in the 2021 Rogue. “This is technology that does what a human can’t,” said Chris Reed, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Technical Center North America. “The all-new Vehicle Motion Control predicts what the driver is trying to do to do by monitoring steering, acceleration and braking. It can then step in and help to smooth things out.”

Effectively, VMC provides individual control at each of the Rogue’s wheels to enhance stability and smoothness through corners. It adjusts the engine, transmission, stability control, AWD, rack-mounted quick-ratio electric steering, and brakes to improve the ride and handling.

With FWD, drivers can select from Sport, Standard, and Eco driving modes. With AWD, Snow and Off-Road add additional capability. The Rogue’s AWD system uses a new electro-hydraulic clutch to more quickly and accurately distribute torque to the rear wheels, according to Nissan.

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Equipped with standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), and featuring 10 standard airbags along with what the automaker is describing as “extended crumple zones,” the new 2021 Rogue should prove safe.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 equips every version of the Rogue with the most useful and effective examples of ADAS. They include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, rear automatic braking, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Additionally, standard equipment includes Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert system that makes it very easy to maintain proper tire pressures, a driver monitoring system, and a rear seat reminder intended to prevent parents from accidentally leaving children in the vehicle.

Options include an active blind-spot intervention system, a traffic sign recognition system, and Enhanced ProPilot Assist with Navi-link.

Equipped with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and lane centering assistance technology, this enhanced version of ProPilot Assist uses next-generation radar and cameras for smoother braking, less intrusive steering assist feel, and better detection capability when other vehicles enter the lane ahead.

Additionally, the stop-and-go feature now allows up to 30 seconds of stop time, a significant improvement over the previous system’s 3-second stopping allowance. Enhanced ProPilot Assist with Navi-link also uses the traffic sign recognition system to automatically adjust vehicle speed based on speed signs and the route ahead.

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Nissan installs a larger 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the new Rogue. It sits high on the dashboard where it is easy to reference and use, and Nissan supplies power/volume and tuning knobs for the stereo as well as a row of main menu shortcut buttons for faster access to system features.

Those features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, a hands-free text messaging assistant, Siri Eyes Free, Google Assistant, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Nissan also supplies USB-A and USB-C charging ports in the Rogue.

Choose the Rogue SV, and the infotainment system adds NissanConnect Services, which offers an array of safety and convenience connected services. Typically, Nissan offers a free trial period for these, and then a paid subscription is necessary. Highlights include automatic collision notification, emergency calling, speed and curfew alerts, a car finder feature, and more.

A navigation system is optional for the Rogue SL and standard for the Rogue Platinum. It offers door-to-door directions, which means if you must park some distance from your intended destination, your NissanConnect smartphone app continues to provide assistance. Nissan says the navigation system incorporates Google Maps and Waze.

Wireless Apple CarPlay will be available shortly after the new Rogue goes on sale, and the SUV offers wireless smartphone charging. A surround-view camera system, a 10-8-inch head-up display, and a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation panel are available for the new Rogue.

The information in this article is from Nissan. It was accurate on June 15, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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