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First Look: 2021 Nissan Rogue

Nissan Canada’s best-selling model gets a total redesign for 2021 to stay competitive in the compact SUV category.



  • All-new vehicle for 2021 
  • New unibody chassis 
  • 2.5-litre engine puts out 181 horsepower 
  • Improved CVT 
  • Improved ProPilot Assist 
  • The all-new Nissan Rogue goes on sale this fall as a 2021 model 

The Rogue is an incredibly important vehicle for Nissan. It’s the Japanese automaker’s best-selling model in Canada, and it competes in the hyper-competitive Compact SUV segment. For this reason, Nissan says a tremendous amount of development has gone into developing this all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue, which benefits from a stiffer structure and goes on sale this fall. 

Design with commanding presence 

We like the blocky new look of the 2021 Nissan Rogue, styled at the company’s design centre in Japan. It’s rugged but refined, with Nissan’s trademark V-Motion grille and a “floating” roof. Although it’s a more upright design, the new Rogue is slightly more aerodynamic than before. Its coefficient of drag has been improved by five per cent, thanks in part to active grille shutters, front air curtains, and underbody covers. 

The new Rogue’s LED headlights, for the record, are not those thin slits up high on the nose of the vehicle. Those are the running lights, which also incorporate the turn signals. The Rogue’s headlights are just below the running lights but above the fog lamps. 

Premium level driving dynamics 

One engine is available in the 2021 Nissan Rogue, a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder. Massaged a bit for 2021 with mirror bore coating and a variable-displacement oil pump, it now puts out 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Last year, the aluminum block 4-cylinder was good for 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. 

For front-wheel-drive Rogue models, a switch on the console controls three drive modes: Sport, Standard and Eco. Five drive models are available with Rogue models equipped with all-wheel-drive–Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco and Sport – engaged by the driver through a drive mode selector mounted on the centre console. While engaged at all times, the Vehicle Motion Control system is particularly advantageous when driving on snowy slopes, deep snow, snow flat turning and off-road driving (such as beach or dirt trails). 

With this new Vehicle Motion Control technology, Nissan says the 2021 Nissan Rogue can predict what the driver is trying to do by monitoring the steering, acceleratorand brakes, and then makes that happen. For instance, if the Rogue isn’t turning as sharply as the driver wants, Vehicle Motion Control will apply the brakes to a single inside wheel to help tighten the cornering line. 

A modern, premium interior 

Nissan spent much effort in improving the five-passenger Rogue interior. The company continues to use NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats that are a good blend of comfort and support, and the front seats offer a bit more travel. In back, the 2021 Rogue sees small increases in knee room and headroom. Large bottles can fit in each of the 2021 Rogue’s four door pockets, and the rear doors now open almost 90 degrees to aid ingress and egress while making it easier to install a baby seat. 

In back, the Rogue’s cargo area has a slightly wider and taller opening, and the capacity behind the rear seat has increased from 906 litres to 1,034. With the seat folded, the cargo capacity has grown from 1,982 litres in the previous Rogue to 2,098 in the new one. 

There was also a great effort to make the Rogue quieter inside. Efforts toward that end were spearheaded by thicker insulation for the engine and better isolation for the new multilink rear suspension.  The stiffer chassis, reshaped A-pillars and new acoustic front glass also help reduce wind and road noise. 

New available ProPilot Assist with Navi-link 

Rogue was one of the first vehicles to offer Nissan's ProPilot Assist - a hands-on, driver-assist technology. ProPilot Assist, available starting on the SV grade, combines Steering Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway. 

For 2021, ProPilot Assist has been improved using next-generation radar and camera technology to provide smoother braking, better steering assist feel and improved detection performance when other vehicles cut into the lane. 

A wide variety of trim levels continue 

As in previous generations, the 2021 Rogue will be offered in well-equipped S, SV and Platinum grade levels. At the base level, the 2021 Nissan Rogue S gets LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, the Safety Shield 360 safety suite, and a 8-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  

The topline 2021 Rogue Platinum model comes with a 12-inch digital gauge package, a 10.8-inch head-up display, and seats upholstered with a diamond-quilted semi-aniline leather. The Rogue Platinum also gets wireless Apple CarPlay (late availability), plus wireless smartphone charging, and a premium Bose audio system.  

When does the new 2021 Nissan Rogue go on sale and how much will it cost? 
The 2021 Rogue goes on sale at Nissan Canada dealers nationwide in fall 2020. 

Nissan hasn’t released pricing for its new 2021 Rogue. However, the current base 2020 Nissan Rogue S trim’s Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price starts at $27,498 CDN. The mid-level SV model starts at $31,698 CDN, while the SL Platinum comes in at $37,998 CDN.  



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