In October 2007, the Japanese automaker Nissan Motors launched a compact crossover SUV called the Nissan Rogue. It was launched as 2008 model year. It is regarded as the North American equivalent of the X-Trail that was sold in the market other than North America, despite it is still offered in Mexico. In Europe, its equivalent vehicle is Qashqai, while in Australia and Japan, the Dualis.
On January 7, 2007, the Nissan Rogue was introduced for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The vehicle takes the place of Nissan X-Trail in Canada as an entry-level SUV, while in Mexico it replaces the body-on-frame Nissan Xterra as the Smyrna plant cut off capacity for the forthcoming 2009 Suzuki Equator. However, the Nissan Xterra continued to be sold in United States and Canada after being discontinued in the Mexican market in 2008. The Rogue shares its platform with an all-new X-Trail that has recently been introduced in Europe, Mexico, and certain other countries, though it is not yet introduced in United States and Canada.
The engine offered in Rogue is a 2.5-L 4-cylinder QR25DE engine combined with a standard continuously variable transmission delivering 170 hp (127 kW; 172 PS). It comes standard as front-wheel drive. Compared to its V6-powered sibling, the Nissan Murano crossover SUV, Rogue is less expensive because of its 97.5 cubic feet (2.76 cubic meters) volume compared to 108.8 cubic feet (3.08 cubic meters) volume of Murano which means it offers lesser passenger volume as well as smaller cargo space, i.e. 28.9 cubic feet (820 L) compared to Murano’s 31.6 cubic feet (890 L).
There are only two trim levels offered for Rogue including S and SL trims, where S is a base model features factory equipped anti-lock brakes; air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; remote keyless entry; and AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers and auxiliary input jack.
There is also an optional ‘360 Value’ package available for S model that offers 16-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror with rear view monitor, body-color rear spoiler, chrome grille, and rear privacy glass. There is also available and S Kr?m trim edition that offers Kr?m integrated body design, center exit exhaust, body-color rear spoiler, 17-inch brilliant-finish aluminum-alloy wheels, and rear privacy glass.
The SL trim level on the other hand features 17-inch alloy wheels, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, roof-rails, body-color power outside mirrors, rear tinted glass and a polished exhaust-tip, as well as with HID headlights, paddle-shifters (option removed for 2010), fog-lights, an 8-speaker stereo system and leather seating.
Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations are available for both the trim levels.
As for 2011 model year, Nissan introduced redesigned trim packages including S and SV. The S trim is offered in a sporty ‘Kr?m’ edition featuring special 18-inch polished wheels, a center-exit sport-tuned exhaust, a unique grille and bumper with fog lamps, and other styling alterations. The SV trim receives an optional SL package featuring leather seats, touch screen navigation system and 18-inch alloy wheels and certain other premium features.