Nissan Updates Rogue for 2011

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Nissan's sporty little Rogue compact crossover gets a subtle refresh for 2011, resulting in a more familial tie-in with its older, larger Murano brother.

When it goes on sale via Nissan Canada's 156 independent dealerships in September, a new egg-crate grille will join a modified front fascia incorporating an updated front chin spoiler and new fog light housings, while new chrome side door guard molding trim accents, new front and rear tire deflectors, and new optional 18-inch alloy rims give the Rogue's profile view a more distinctive appearance. The rear gets a new rooftop spoiler and a new chrome license plate finisher.

Those front and rear tire deflectors enhance aerodynamics too, and when combined with new a new underbody tray reduce wind noise and fuel consumption. Front-wheel drive Rogues get an EPA equivalent fuel economy rating of 10.7 L/100km city and 8.4 highway, while all-wheel drive variants get the same city rating but a slightly higher highway rating of 9.0 L/100km.

"For 2011, Rogue is building on its very popular values – exciting styling, excellent value and a fun-to-drive spirit," said Mark McDade, Director, Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc.  "By adding a third model and some great new options this year, Rogue can now be customized to suit any driver's interests."

The revised Rogue can be had in three trim levels, starting with S and then optionally, SV and SL – the former two standard in front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available, and the latter standard with all-wheel drive.

All 2011 models get a 170-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to Nissan's Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Also standard are four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) traction and stability control system.

Standard passive safety features include six airbags – the two up front, plus front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted curtain-type side-impact airbags for both rows with rollover sensors.

A popular standard convenience features is Bluetooth hands-free phone integration, while some electronic upgrades include Nissan Intelligent Key proximity sensing remote access and ignition, XM satellite radio, navigation, a rearview backup camera, and a Bose-developed audio system.

The Rogue gets 1,639 litres (58 cubic feet) of cargo space accessed via a rear hatch. The rear seats split 60/40 and a front seat that folds flat can be added to the mix for a very flexible seating/cargo package. An oversized glove compartment and large centre console add to the Rogue's livability.

The competition in the compact crossover segment is beyond heating up for 2011, with two new offerings from Korea and updates from other competitors. Nissan's Rogue improvements should help it remain a popular choice in the entry-level market.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Nissan, 2011, Rogue, $20,000 - $29,999, Compact,

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