2014 Nissan Rogue Teased

The arrival of the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue is imminent, and Nissan has released a teaser photo of their new compact crossover before it officially debuts on September 10. In the photo, we see a glimpse at the 2014 Rogue’s headlight and front fender, which suggest a Pathfinder-inspired front end.

The headlight looks to feature LED daytime running lights like the 2014 Nissan Sentra, which should lend the Rogue a slightly more upscale look, and the chrome grille bar has a similar shape to the Pathfinder’s grille inserts. The hood appears sculpted, with creases rising from the grille and headlights

Previous spy shots of the Rogue suggest that the crossover will closely follow the look of the Nissan Hi-Cross concept from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with a swooping character line, thick D-pillars, and a sloping rear hatch.

The 2014 Rogue is not only important for Nissan as the brand’s second best-selling model (behind the Altima), but also because it competes in the hotly contested compact crossover segment, which has seen numerous redesigns in the past year of the top-selling models like the 2013 Toyota RAV4, the 2013 Honda CR-V, and the 2013 Ford Escape. We expect the 2014 Nissan Rogue to be powered by a four-cylinder and CVT powertrain combination. With Nissan’s recent focus on fuel economy, the 2014 Rogue should provide a significant jump over the current model’s 23/28 mpg EPA city/highway ratings to challenge the class leaders.

The Rogue will be the last of Nissan’s “five new models in 15 months" campaign, following the 2013 Nissan Altima, the 2013 Nissan Sentra, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue’s release date coincides with the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and a Nissan representative said a version of this vehicle would be shown at Frankfurt. We wouldn’t be surprised if this means the Rogue and its European counterpart, the Nissan Qashquai, are merging into one global model with the redesigned crossover. The Nissan Rogue is currently sold only in the U.S. and Canada, whereas the Qashquai is sold globally.

Source: Nissan

Looks good, except for those bloody WHITE LEDs. Why aren't front LED lights AMBER? I'm not sure why the switch to LEDs has also brought white-only color - which I think looks bland. When I see white lights I think headlamps or reverse lamps, not parking lights. I know amber LEDs exist since many trucks use them, and virtually every car previous to them had amber front (and the smart, safe ones in the rear) lights in years past. There's nothing better than overlooking a crowded highway at dusk and seeing the softer glow of amber lamps coming toward you vs. stark LEDs. I hate that every manufacturer is getting on the bandwagon. Even Range Rover has rear amber signals - why not front amber parking lamps as well? I don't get it. Amber lamps are more telling and safer if you ask me.

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