Halfway through a vehicle's life cycle, automakers generally revise their products to keep them fresh and up-to-date. For 2011, Nissan's Rogue crossover receives a cosmetic freshening, trim level updates, and new options.
While its mechanicals have remained largely the same, Nissan altered the Rogue's styling and feature content. To more closely match the styling of its Murano sibling, Nissan resculpted the Rogue's front fascia, incorporating more pronounced fog lights and a slightly larger lower grille opening. Chrome molding was added to the doors and license plate surround, giving the Rogue a more upscale look. The gauge cluster receives a slight upgrade, and the center display is now fully digital and displays more information.
Low-rolling resistance tires and an underbody cover will improve fuel economy. FWD models are now capable of 22/28 mpg (city/highway) and AWD models can achieve 22/26 mpg. The EPA figures represent a 1 mpg city improvement for AWD models, and 1 mpg highway for FWD models.
The Rogue is now available in two trims, the S and SV, with two available upgrade packages. The base S model now features a second 12-volt outlet, an outside temperature display, cargo and mood lighting, and an illuminated visor mirror. The SV, which replaces the SL, comes standard with six-way power-adjustable seats, rearview monitor, Bluetooth, 4.3-inch infotainment screen and intelligent key, many of which were options on the SL. The Premium package, available only on the SV trim level, adds a 5-inch navigation screen, moon roof, automatic air conditioning, and automatic headlights. On top of the Premium package, the SL Package adds leather seats and steering wheel, heated front seats and mirrors, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. The Rogue Krom, which debuted in December, receives a new set of 18-inch wheels replacing 17-inchers.
After making its first public appearance at Nissan's North American headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., during the annual International Z Car Convention, the 2011 Rogue is scheduled to go on sale August 13. This year's convention also commemorates the 40-year anniversary of the Z. Are you heading to Nashville this weekend?