The best-selling Nissan’s vehicle is trying to catch up with the competition. The Japanese carmaker is preparing a lot of novelties for the upcoming season and here is what we know so far about its compact crossover. The 2021 Nissan Rogue will be redesigned, and the new generation shouldn’t be a surprise. The vehicle is already seven years old, and the frequency of changes in this segment is pretty short. With the new Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav4 out, Nissan has no other option but to go all-in with the Rogue.
Spy photos are confirming these stories. The company is taking a break this season with huge appearances and saves all the aces for 2021. Among many concepts, we believe that Rogue will be the priority and we could see this vehicle sooner than others. Fans are also monitoring updates on the Ariya concept, which should become the platform for the electric version of the 2021 Nissan Rogue. If not pure EV, then at least we could see a plug-in system that can bring the small SUV over 40 mpg.
2021 Nissan Rogue vs Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4
Japanese manufacturers are dominating the US market in the compact crossover segment. Toyota Rav4 is the best-selling model with 42 mpg as a highlight of its hybrid version mileage (highway). Now, Honda responded with the CR-V hybrid, which equals fuel consumption. All a sudden, Rogue’s 35 mpg is not competitive anymore. Plus, Ford announced the new Escape, and the Blue Oval company is not going to let this market to the competition without a fight.
Definitely, the choice is on buyers, and the biggest difference is in the mileage of a hybrid system. Rogue is offering ProPilot package, which could be a great help for drivers. Toyota’s Safety Sense comes standard only for upper trim levels. On the other hand, Rogue is not the best hauler with only 1,100 pounds of towing capacity. Honda CR-V offers 1,500 lbs, and Rav4 is going up to 3,000 lbs. The 2021 Nissan Rogue will be cheaper than its rivals in the base form.
We Saw 2021 Nissan Rogue Changes: Spy Photos
Nissan is preparing its star of the next season. The development is in advanced stages and fans can already find spy photos of its favorite crossover. These are confirming what we all know already – the new look is on the way. However, heavy camouflage stops everyone from seeing most details on the new 2021 Nissan Rogue. Fresh V-Motion grille comes with updated headlights and bumpers. Finally, the crossover seems to be bigger.
Also, we had a peek in the cabin, where everything is larger. The eye-catching details are a huge infotainment screen. Experts predict this one for the upper trim levels. Still, the base version could also get a larger display than before. Well, the production version could be a lot different from the test mule.
Hybrid With Extended Range
The new 2021 Nissan Rogue will definitely get a more powerful hybrid system that could deliver a better gas mileage. We were hoping to get more details about the PHEV version, but this one hasn’t been spotted yet. Images we see are not showing any kinds of PHEV characteristic details. However, the Japanese company has to do something with its standard hybrid system to remain competitive against biggest rivals.
Currently, the Rogue Hybrid is using a 2.0-liter petrol unit in combination with an electric motor. Well, you can buy only a 2019 YM, since the company cut it for 2020 season. But, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is coming much improved from the last time we had it. 175 hp and 35 mpg (highway, front-wheel drive) were highlights of this crossover. The next one goes over 200 ponies and 40 mpg.
2021 Nissan Rogue Specs
A 2.5-liter engine is the long-serving drivetrain of the crossover. We doubt the company will make major changes that will lead to its departure from the 2021 Nissan Rogue lineup. However, some improvements would be welcome. The engine is delivering 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Both Rav4 and CR-V can do better than this. Fuel economy is at the respectable level of 29 mpg combined and AWD is not consuming too much more gasoline. The CVT gearbox offers you a few drive modes, which will improve performance or mileage.
When Will the 2021 Nissan Rogue be Available?
It is still early to talk about the start of sales. But, the 2021 Nissan Rogue could debut at the next NAIAS. PRO: it is the largest stage with the most attention on it; CON: there will be a lot of other vehicles at the same time, at the same place. The price of the base version will go up for sure. The base MSRP will get closer to $26,000 and the recommended SV package will cost at least $27,500.