2021 Nissan Rogue Gets Sharp Styling, Advanced Tech

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, Automotive Editor - June 16, 2020

The Nissan Rogue is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market and one of Nissan’s best-selling models, managing to check off a lot of boxes for consumers. But up against newer competitors from Toyota and Honda, there’s so much competition that even the Rogue is having a hard time staying competitive. Enter the 2021 Rogue, which ushers in the third generation of the SUV. It’s been overhauled to put it back near the top of the heap.

First off, Nissan ditched the previous Rogue’s ho-hum styling for something much more dramatic. The SUV takes a page from Hyundai and Kia’s book by moving the headlights down in the front fascia with the top lights acting as the daytime running units. A larger, updated grille also gives the front end a sharper look. The silhouette and the rear end haven’t changed that much, but there are slimmer taillights and a revised rear bumper. Overall, it’s a much sharper look that should fit right into the youthful compact segment.

The new Rogue will also come with an updated interior that not only has a fresh design, but classier materials, too. An updated shifter, redesigned center console, updated infotainment system that follows the trend of being tacked on, and an upgraded instrument cluster are all included. Beyond making the Rogue look more upscale, the new design helps make it feel more spacious, too. Cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down has gone up to 74.1 cubic feet of space compared to 70 in the old Rogue.

Nissan fitted the 2021 Rogue with a new platform that belongs to Nissan’s Common Module Family (CMF) architecture. The automaker claims the new platform is lighter and stiffer than the old one, which should improve handling and result in better ride quality. Nissan has also updated the SUV’s electric power steering with a quicker gear ratio to reduce steering corrections drivers have to make when driving. Under the hood, you’ll find an updated version of the old Rogue’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor that now makes 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan Rogue

Tech is another area where Nissan made large improvements with the new Rogue. The standard touchscreen now measures in at 8 inches, while a 9-inch screen is available – Nissan claims it’s the largest one available in the compact SUV class. A 7-inch instrument display is now standard, replacing last year’s 5-inch display, while a 12.3-inch digital instrument gauge cluster is offered as an option. Additionally, a 10.8-inch head-up display is also offered. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and four USB ports are standard. A wireless charging pad and wireless Apple CarPlay are available.

Even the base Rogue comes with a healthy list of standard safety features thanks to Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 as standard, while Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous system has been enhanced with updated radar and camera technology. The updates are meant to make the system smoother. When paired with Navi-link, ProPilot Assist will automatically reduce the SUV’s speed for upcoming curves on the freeway and slow the Rogue down for an upcoming exit. Also, Nissan’s extended the hold time for stop-and-go traffic from 3 seconds to up to 30 seconds. The system can also suggest cruise control speeds based on posted speed limit signs or automatically set the SUV’s speed if owners check that feature in the vehicle. ProPilot Assist is available throughout the lineup except on the base S trim. Navi-link is offered as an option on SL and Platinum trims.

The 2021 Rogue is expected to go on sale before the end of the year with pricing set to be announced at a later date. The SUV will be available in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims, the latter of which is new for 2021.

The all-new 2021 Rogue is just one part of Nissan’s extensive plans to turn itself around. Going forward, Nissan will cut the number of vehicles it offers globally by one-fifth and reduce its global production by 20%. Additionally, Nissan will introduce 12 models in the next 18 months, including a new generation of the Z sports car. It’s not surprising to see the Rogue be the first model in the lineup to get an update, as it’s the ideal way to kick off the brand’s new plan.

With the Rogue getting a new exterior look, a new interior design, and more tech features, we’re sure we’ll see some of the same things on future vehicles. A lot of automakers use an all-new vehicle as a way to test the waters before introducing similar updates throughout the rest of the lineup. It’s highly likely that the Rogue’s redesign could lead the way forward for future vehicles from the brand. We don’t think that’s a bad thing, as the new Rogue looks like a massive improvement over the old model.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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