When it debuted in 2014, the second-generation Nissan Rogue was stylish and up to date. Through the years, the ever-changing crossover segment quickly blew by it, leaving it looking dated. Nissan will address this with the redesigned 2021 Rogue, which will include a striking new design that’ll stand out in the crowded segment.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue will be 1.5 inches shorter and 0.2 inches lower than the current model, but its more upright glasshouse and rear hatch will give it a bolder appearance. On top of the boldness, it’ll also have a dose of sportiness with its “floating” roof, more prominent V-motion grille, sweptback LED headlights, striking body lines and creases, and available LED fog lights.
Inside, the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue will adopt a modern and upscale look, especially in higher trims. This new design will include a dash-top touchscreen, a wide and clutter-free HVAC interface, contrasting color options, a flat-bottom steering wheel, a butterfly-opening center console storage area, and a Divide-n-Hide cargo-management system. In higher trims, buyers will enjoy premium leather seating in SL models and quilted semi-aniline leather seating in the range-topping Platinum trim.
Tech will also be front and center in the all-new 2021 Rogue. Available tech will include wireless Apple CarPlay, a wireless charging pad, a 10.8-inch head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 360-degree camera, Google Maps, Waze, USB-A and USB-C charging ports, heated front and rear seats, navigation, and much more.
As for standard tech, it’ll include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless ignition, tire-fill alert, Bluetooth with streaming audio, hands-free texting, SiriusXM, and more.
Powering the 2021 Rogue will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’ll crank out 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Those are improvements of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft over the current model’s 2.5-liter engine. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive with Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco, and Sport modes will be optional.
The 2021 Rogue will come standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of high-tech safety gear. Standard safety gear will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking.
Optional safety equipment will include blind-spot collision avoidance, traffic-sign recognition, and ProPILOT Assist. Nissan will update the ProPILOT Assist system for 2021, adding in enhanced radar and camera technology.
Also newly available with ProPILOT Assist will be optional Navi-Link. Navi-Link detects curves, junctions, and freeway exits using the Rogue’s navigation system and slows the vehicle as it approaches them.
This safety equipment sets the 2021 Rogue up nicely to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but we’ll have to wait for the official crash tests.