A couple weeks ago, Nissan quietly revealed what we’d argue is one of its most important vehicles: the 2021 Nissan Rogue.
We’re not sure why Nissan went this route, especially since there’s a lot of cool stuff to talk about here — including a handsome design and tech-forward features. Regardless, here are the most important things you need to know about the next-gen Rogue.
Safety is standard
Previously we’ve dinged Nissan for making safety technology available instead of standard. When a Toyota Corolla has more safety content than a loaded Maxima, you have a problem. Nissan has really taken this to heart, and beginning with it’s re-launch of the Versa, we’ve started to see an amazing level of standard safety features make their way into the Nissan lineup.
Now it’s Rogue’s turn. It’ll get Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist and (this is a biggie) automatic reverse braking.
That last feature alone is worth its weight in gold as it lessens the chance you’ll back into a bike in the driveway or, heaven forbid, a passenger who darts behind your vehicle as you’re backing up. We’ve previously only seen this feature on high-end vehicles, so good on Nissan for starting to make this standard across its product range.
You can cut the cord
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the new Nissan Rogue with a wired-in connection, but a new available feature will make this phone mirroring software wireless. Wireless charging will also be available.
Outside of cutting the cord, it’s worth pointing out a few other available tech features, including a head-up display, USB-C charge ports, a 9-inch touchscreen display and an around-view monitor.
ProPilot Assist gets an upgrade
In case you’re not familiar with ProPilot Assist, this is Nissan’s version of hands-on driver assist. It pairs adaptive cruise control with lane centering technology to keep you in your lane and a safe distance from the car in front of you.
This system is so good that it’s probably capable of operating in hands-free mode, but Nissan won’t let you. If you take your hands off the wheel for more than 15 seconds the system will shut down and if you still don’t take the wheel, it’ll assume the driver is out of commission and it will bring the vehicle to a controlled stop.
Part of the upgrade is making all those driver-assist features work better, smoother and more seamlessly. The bigger part of the upgrade is that it can now connected to Navi-link. This will slow the vehicle down when approaching curves or exit ramps, increase hold times for stop-and-go traffic up to 30 seconds and change speeds automatically as the speed limit changes.
ProPilot Assist with Navi-link will be standard on Platinum trims and available on SL.
The whole family gets some love
Nissan is calling the 2021 Rogue a “family hub,” with the intention that everyone in the vehicle should be comfortable.
The Rogue now gets family friendly features such as rear doors that open 90 degrees, passive entry on all four doors, Zero Gravity seats in the rear, pull-up sunshades on the rear doors and Tri-Zone climate control that allows rear-seat passengers to control the HVAC separate from the front. In our humble opinion — that last one will be worth its weight in gold.
Other helpful features include remote start with Intelligent Climate Control, a redesigned Divide-n-Hide cargo storage system and a motion-activated rear liftgate.
It goes on sale this fall
We don’t have any pricing information or an exact on-sale date yet, but we do know it’ll go on sale this fall.
Some other nitty-gritty details we know:
- It’ll have a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.
- It’ll be standard with front-wheel drive, and intelligent all-wheel drive will be available.
- It will only be a two-row vehicle.
- Cargo volume rings in at 39.3 cubic feet behind the second row.
The bottom line
Nissan needs this vehicle to do well. And by all accounts, it’s poised to do just that. The styling is upright and handsome — more a long the lines of a mini-Armada, rather than a mini-Murano — and we really like it.
The interior upgrades with more high-tech features will target a younger buyer, one one that likely has a family.
If it can toe the line of the current pricing ($26,395 – $34,135) with all the cool new features, it’ll be a crowd pleaser for sure.
One finale note, the current Rogue doesn’t have a Platinum trim, so it might bring in some luxury buyers as well.