2021 Nissan Rogue First Look: What to Expect
Update: Nissan released a teaser image of the Rogue 2021 before its debut on June 15.
In the United States, the Nissan Rogue has been the model of the bread and butter maker for years, after overtaking the Altima sedan as the brand’s bestseller in 2016. As such, the Rogue is a model extremely important for Nissan, and any redesign therefore places enormous expectations on its roof racks. The next generation Nissan Rogue will arrive for model year 2021, and we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like thanks to a patent application, a new teaser image and the skills of our illustrator.
2021 Nissan Rogue Design
Recently, a Nissan document filed with the Brazilian government, unearthed by Motor 1, revealed unparalleled design renderings (see images in our gallery) for a crossover SUV that looks a lot like the Nissan Rogue prototypes we saw in the spy photos. We asked our illustrator to take these renderings and bring the new Rogue to life. As you can see, the basic outline of the Nissan Rogue 2021 doesn’t change much, but the devil is in the details. The D-pillar is now much thicker and the nose is more square (perhaps to meet pedestrian safety regulations in other markets). The modifications made to the front part are numerous, but on the whole, the aspect is evolutionary. The V-motion grille is retained and is wider than before. The front light signature has also changed, with slender lamps placed at height which sweep the wings. The test mules spotted in the wild seemed to have headlights positioned under these upper lamps, similar to those of the old Nissan Juke.
Specifications of the Nissan Rogue 2021
We expect the next generation Rogue to use an updated version of the scalable CMF-C / D platform from the current model. Power will likely come from Nissan’s new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which produces 182 or 188 horsepower and 178 or 180 pound-feet of torque in the Altima, depending on whether you choose all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive will continue to be standard on the Rogue 2021, and like many other Nissans, the choice of transmission will be limited to a continuously variable unit. The Rogue could get an optional version of the brand’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged, variable-compression four-cylinder. In the Altima, this unit has 248 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. But since Nissan has never offered a Rogue with so much power before, such a model would work in uncharted waters. Rumor has it that the Rogue Hybrid is coming back.
2021 Nissan Rogue Tech and interior
Past spy photos have given us clues to the interior of the new Rogue. We know a fully digital dashboard will be available, and the 9.0-inch touchscreen that just debuted in the refreshed Titan should also be an option. It’s hard to judge the size of the crossover from these renderings, but the dimensions of the Rogue 2021 should increase slightly, which could allow more interior space for passengers and cargo. Even if the interior volume of the Rogue increases, we don’t expect the unpopular third row option to make a comeback.
2021 Nissan Rogue Price and availability
The Nissan Rogue 2021 will debut on June 15, 2020. The model is expected to go on sale in late 2020 or early 2021. Given the current global health crisis, we are leaning toward the latter. The price is expected to remain similar to the current model, which starts at $ 26,395.