Nissan North America has revealed the first official images and details of the new Rogue SUV. The Rogue will become the next-generation Nissan X-Trail when it arrives in Europe next year with some changes to its engine range and specifications.
The exterior pictures confirm the car’s design, previously shown in patent sketches and leaked images, with the newcomer taking some design inspiration from the latest Nissan Juke.
The front end gets a new, larger trapezoid shaped grille with an active shutter for better aerodynamic efficiency, at either side are new-look split LED headlights. The SUV’s flanks get stronger, more angular shoulders than on the current model, while the overall shapes of the rear lights and boot lid have clear links to the old car – the details just look fresher and more angular than before. Interestingly, the new Rogue is actually slightly smaller than the current car – Nissan has cut 39mm of length, and Rogue/X-Trail sits ever so slightly lower, too.
As has been the case with previous generation versions of the car, some small exterior design changes could take place before the Rogue’s design comes to Europe in X-Trail form.
Interior design and technology
Inside, like in the smaller Nissan Juke, the next X-Trail will move its infotainment touchscreen – now measuring up to nine inches – onto the top of the dash as a ‘floating’ that serves as a central part of a large scale interior overhaul. This display is complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, which features a choice of different graphical readouts for the driving information. A 10.8-inch head-up-display will also be offered and the dash itself sits above a centre console that’s both taller and wider than in the current car.
Wireless Apple CarPlay is set to feature as standard on the Rogue, alongside leather seats, but UK specifications are a long way off being finalised, given that the car has not yet made its European debut. Nissan has only revealed the new Rogue as a five-seater, though seven-seat versions of the X-Trail have been offered since the introduction of the current model.
Engines and gearboxes
The cabin features a smaller automatic gear selector electronically controlling a CVT transmission – the only gearbox type available in the North American Rogue.
Nissan will probably offer the manual and seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes used in the latest Juke when the Rogue becomes the X-Trail for Europe. The engine line-up is expected to look quite different too. In America, just one engine has been touted from launch in the form of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 179bhp.
European petrol models could feature smaller engines, but the future of diesel in the X-Trail has to be called into question, especially when Nissan could look to leverage technology from Alliance partner Mitsubishi to create a plug-in hybrid version of its largest SUV for Europe.
In North America, every version of the Rogue gets Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard, consisting of a comprehensive package of driver assistance and safety features. These includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, high beam assist and intelligent cruise control. The latest Nissan ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving features also appear, updated to feature new camera and radar technology and now also capable of using sat nav data to brake the car for curves and junctions.
Nissan has already confirmed that production of the next Nissan X-Trail will move from Sunderland to the company’s main production facility in Kyushu, Japan. The company cited production optimisation, Brexit uncertainty and “changing emissions regulations” as motivators for the upheaval.
However, Nissan recently invested £400 million at its Sunderland facility, in preparation for production of the third-generation Qashqai later this year. The factory will continue to produce both the Qashqai and the Juke, supporting around 7,000 jobs.
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