Although the 2014 Rogue has a 106.5-inch wheelbase that is just 0.7 inch longer than the first-generation model — and actually is a half-inch shorter overall — the jointly developed Common Module Platform (CMP) provides enough interior room to allow the new Rogue to offer an optional third row of seats, a first for the Rogue at a time when most compact-crossover competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 continue strictly with two-row layouts or have abandoned the feature.
A second model to use the CMP structure is the all-new Nissan X-Trail, a non-U.S. crossover that Nissan unveiled at this week's 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Nissan executives and engineers said the all-new CMP architecture allows a "right-sized" footprint yet maximized interior room to the point where the new third-row seat was possible. Its new sheet metal, meanwhile, was designed to impart a more premium and substantial perception.
"Rogue's bold, dynamic new styling is going to generate tremendous attention," said Fred Diaz, Nissan North America, Inc. vice president of sales and marketing, in a release. "And once buyers take a look inside at the roomy, premium interior and experience the long list of affordable technologies, we know they'll be delighted," he added.
The 2014 Rogue's chassis, styling and interior may be all-new, but the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is carried over — right down to its 170-horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque output — as is its continuously variable automatic transmission. It will be the only powertrain setup, although Nissan said improvements to the CVT automatic and other fuel-efficiency enhancements are projected to deliver the class' best highway fuel economy rating of 33 mpg for a front-drive model. City fuel economy for the front-driver is projected at 26 mpg. All-wheel drive again is optional for any of the three 2014 Rogue's trim levels: S, SV and SL.
Nissan has jumped wholeheartedly into advanced driver-aid technology and the 2014 Rogue will be chock full of standard and optional electronic features. Options include full LED headlights, Nissan's Around View Monitor exterior camera system and Moving Object Detection, as well as available blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning.
Inside, the 2014 Rogue will feature standards such as the "zero-gravity" front seats recently deployed for the Altima midsize sedan, sliding and reclining for the second-row bench seat, a fancy new cargo-management design in the rear floor, streaming audio and a hands-free messaging function. A navigation system with a 7-inch monitor and voice recognition is optional, as are "quick comfort" fast-heating front seats, leather, automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof.
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013