Nissan joins the compact SUV market in the U.S. with its new Rogue seen here. The stylish little SUV will compete directly against the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 and will have available all-wheel drive. It’s powered by a 175 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT transmission. A set of shift paddles on the steering wheel is optional, but we don’t see this as being a sports-oriented vehicle. It more aptly will fill the role as a compact hauler of people and their stuff with some style and high quality interior finishes, if it’s anything like the latest Sentra.
Stability control, traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, front and rear curtain airbags and active head restraints are all standard. Nissan says the Rogue will go on sale in September 2007. Expect pricing to start around $20,000 with fully loaded models reaching the high $20,000 range.
We’ll have more information and live photos for you when the Rogue debuts to the media at the Detroit auto show on January 7. For now, continue reading for the photos Nissan has provided.
2007 Detroit Auto Show: More on the Nissan Rogue (Jan. 4, 2007)