2021 Nissan Rogue First Look Video: Looks Good So Far (But Wait’ll We Drive It)

Front of a gray 2021 Nissan Rogue 2021 Nissan Rogue | photo by Leslie Hilliard

The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue is an important new product for the Japanese automaker. It’s Nissan’s best-selling model and it competes in the popular compact SUV class that includes the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson. This is our first chance to see it in person, so let’s take a closer look.

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The 2021 Rogue keeps the general design of its predecessor, but its styling cues are bolder. Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille is bigger, and the entire front end has a more vertical, upright appearance. The 2021 Rogue has also adopted the slim upper and larger lower front lighting design that’s become fashionable of late, and all trim levels have LED headlights. Dimensionally, the new Rogue is slightly shorter and lower than its predecessor, but its wheelbase is unchanged. Wheel sizes range from 17 inches to the 19-inch alloys on the model we got a peek at, and the Rogue is available with a two-tone exterior for the first time. Moving around to the back, the SUV still has horizontal taillights, but they have a flatter design that emphasizes the vehicle’s width.

The cabin has undergone a transformation that reflects the increasing importance of in-car technology since the Rogue was last redesigned for 2014. The biggest dashboard touchscreen you could get on the outgoing Rogue measures 7 inches, but the 2021 model offers a 9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Other available tech touches include a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a full color head-up display and wireless device charging.

The Rogue has room for five people in two rows and the rear bench seat reclines. There’s enough space in the back for taller adults thanks to decent headroom. Folding the backseat increases cargo capacity from 39.3 cubic feet to 74.1, and available backseat convenience features include air conditioning controls and side window sun shades.

For the rest of my first impressions of the 2021 Nissan Rogue, check out the full video below.

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