Nissan will debut the 2021 Rogue on Monday, following a lengthy delay attributed to the cancellation of the New York International Auto Show.
The SUV is Nissan’s most popular model. It competes directly with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Subaru Forester for compact SUV customers. Toyota redesigned the RAV4 for the 2019 model year and for 2021 has introduced the Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid variants of the SUV. Honda refreshed the CR-V for 2020, adding a hybrid model to the mix. The Ford Escape was redesigned for 2020 and has a plug-in hybrid model coming at the end of the year. Mazda’s CX-5 was refreshed for 2019.
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Leaked photos of the SUV reveal a model that is thoroughly updated from top to bottom but still recognizable for Rogue enthusiasts. Reporting by CarsDirect tells that the Rogue will get a power bump for 2021 achieving 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (current numbers are 170 and 175, respectively). Fuel economy numbers also go up. That brings the SUV more in line with its competition.
Additional photos show that the SUV has wireless charging, a new shifter, all-digital instrument cluster, and a variety of available drive modes (all-wheel drive is a likely option). Expect a library-level quiet cabin filled with near-premium materials as those traits have become Nissan hallmarks as of late.
The Rogue isn’t the only model slated for a full makeover. The company recently revealed plans to introduce 12 models in the next 18 months. The redesigned Nissan Frontier and Pathfinder will be unveiled this year. Nissan has also recently redesigned the Versa, Altima, and Sentra. The Titan has gotten a refresh for the 2020 model year.
Buyers should expect to see a redesigned Nissan Rogue Sport in short order. Like other “Sport” models, the SUV is a completely different SUV, the two just share common nomenclature. Outside the U.S., the Rogue Sport is known as the Qashquai.