The 2021 Rogue, based on the Xmotion design concept vehicle shown in 2018, offers more usable cabin space in a similar footprint. It features a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 hp, an increase of 11 hp. The crossover receives an updated suspension and steering system to improve driving performance and reduce cabin noise.
The Rogue also introduces a more capable assisted-driving system — one that uses new radar and camera technology to deliver smoother braking, better steering assist and improved safety.
Nissan has streamlined the Rogue model lineup for 2021 and focused on in-demand features — specifically standard safety features and connected tech, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
“Spreading those popular features widely reduces the overall program cost,” Nissan spokesman Travis Parman said Monday. Nissan hopes the added content will drive residual values higher and reduce the need for elevated Rogue incentives, which are averaging $4,313 this year, considerably more than the RAV4 and CR-V, according to Motor Intelligence.
“We expect overall transaction prices to strengthen,” Parman said. “A strong package of standard content gives Rogue an edge and will help us win new buyers in an extremely competitive segment.”
The Platinum trim has been added to the Rogue lineup to better compete for buyers seeking a more premium model.
"It gives dealers a chance to play head-to-head with RAV4 and others with a class-leading model," Parman said.
The redesigned crossover is the cornerstone of a product offensive that Nissan officials say is critical to the brand's rebound in the U.S. The product push will bring six new or redesigned vehicles to dealerships by the end of 2021. The Altima, Versa, Sentra and Titan have received recent updates.