When Nissan began developing the 2021 Rogue, its best-selling model in the industry’s largest segment, the company focused on delivering adventure and style while also delivering functionality, flexibility, technology and safety aimed at simply making life easier and more enjoyable. The all-new 2021 Rogue is completely redesigned, with a new platform, powertrain, safety technology, connectivity, and convenience features to truly compete at the top of its class.
The all-new Rogue crossover is the first of five new or redesigned Nissan models that will enter production in the next year. It follows Altima, Versa, Sentra and TITAN, which were all recently redesigned.
Every 2021 Rogue features a standard 2.5-litre DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with Nissan’s Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) system. Horsepower is rated at 181, an increase of 11 hp. Torque is increased by 6 lb.-ft. to 181 lb.-ft. The new engine includes mirror bore coating, a variable displacement oil pump, and an integrated exhaust manifold and e-VTC intake valve among other refinements.
The 2021 Rogue also features a new Rack Electric Power Steering with a quick gear ratio, helping minimize steering corrections. The new suspension design features a rigid mount (six mounting points) and a new multi-link rear. Braking is provided by standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System.
To enhance the Rogue’s driving experience is an all-new Vehicle Motion Control System. “This is technology that does what a human can’t,” said Chris Reed, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Technical Centre North America. “The all-new Vehicle Motion Control predicts what the driver is trying to do by monitoring steering, acceleration and braking. It can then step in and help to smooth things out.”
Vehicle Motion Control works in conjunction with the available enhanced Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and Drive Mode Selector to provide four-wheel individual control, enhancing line traceability through corners – even applying a single brake to smooth out a corner.
The chassis control module monitors and adjusts engine, transmission, Vehicle Dynamic Control, all-wheel drive and steering functions. For front-wheel drive modes, a switch on the console controls three drive modes: Sport, Standard and Eco.
Five drive modes are available with Rogue All-Wheel Drive models – Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco and Sport – engaged by the driver through a drive mode selector mounted on the centre console. While engaged at all times, the Vehicle Motion Control system is particularly advantageous when driving on snowy slopes, deep snow, snow flat turning and off-road driving (such as beach or dirt trails).
The enhanced available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system uses a new electro-hydraulic controlled clutch as well, which can control torque more accurately and quickly by predicting front wheel slippage, making torque distribution to the rear more responsive.
The design of the 2021 Rogue, both exterior and interior, reflects the spirit of the vehicle – versatile, fun, edgy, and adventurous.
The adventure-ready exterior combines athletic strength with a premium appearance.
The 2021 Rogue adopts signature Nissan design elements such as the floating roof and an evolved V-motion grille and adds exciting new features such as the unique headlight shape and “U-shape” bodyside highlights. New multi-level LED headlights with an expanded illumination area are standard on all 2021 Rogue grade levels and accent the powerful front grille design. LED fog lights are standard on the Platinum grade.
The body itself measures 1.5 inches shorter and 0.2 inches lower than the previous generation Rogue, adding to the look of strength while also enhancing driving manoeuverability. Key aerodynamic features include “3D” tire deflectors in the lower front fascia, an active grille shutter to control air flow into the engine compartment, special A-pillar shaping, underbody covers to manage air flow under the vehicle and a unique “air curtain” that precisely directs air flow from the front to the sides of the Rogue.
The 2021 Rogue will be offered in a wide range of colour combinations, including – for the first time – four two-tone combinations.
Along with the new Rogue’s functionality and premium look and feel, the 2021 checks all the boxes in terms of interior amenities and equipment for everyday and every weekend life.
Equipped for Canadian winters, the 2021 Rogue offers heated front seats, heated outside mirrors and a heated steering wheel fitted as standard. Heated rear seats are an option on the SV model, and a two-driver memory seat is available on the Platinum model.
The available Intelligent Around View® Monitor, combined with standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Intelligent Emergency Braking help get the day off in the right direction.
Front and rear Nissan Zero Gravity seats provide comfortable support whether the destination is close or far away. Three interior colour choices are offered: Graphite, Grey and Tan.
In the rear, ideal for weekend adventures, a split one-touch fold-down seat with an available remote fold feature provides versatile cargo capability. Combined with the reconfigured rear cargo area, easy-to-wash cargo liner and floor mats, available redesigned Divide-n-Hide® system, and available Motion Activated Liftgate, Rogue is designed to help families take on all of their adventures.
The new electronic shifter design eliminates the need for mechanical equipment under the shifter, allowing extra storage space under the new “floating” centre console.
The long list of additional technology includes standard Push Button Start, Rear Door Alert and Easy Fill Tire Alert. NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is standard and includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Siri® Eyes Free, Google Assistant and SiriusXM® Radio (subscription required, sold separately).