• Dec 28th 2006 at 3:07AM
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Nissan's pulled the wraps off its new Rogue crossover, which looks for all the world like a Hyundai Santa Fe, which, in turn, means it also looks like the Toyota RAV4 -- both of which are vehicles it's designed to compete directly against. We're not so sure we're into the flowy lines on the Rogue, and we prefer the more traditional look of the automaker's Euro-market Qashquai (a.k.a. Dualis in Japan). Sizewise, it slots in between the Santa Fe and Honda's CR-V, whose Pokemon-like styling is starting to look like a good move given the visual similarities seen in some of the competition.

The exterior, as we said, is very Hyundai-looking, with a swoopy, rising beltline, rounded side glass, and a softer-looking front end than any other Nissan CUV or SUV. There are similarities to the Qashquai up front, but the Qash is butchier and better-looking if you ask us.

The Rogue shares its architecture with the new Sentra, and comes with FWD standard, though AWD is available as an option. No matter how you trim it out, there's just a single powertrain option available: a 175-horsepower 2.4L four-banger connected to a CVT. If you want to control shifts yourself, you can add a set of optional paddles.

More analysis and additional photos after the jump...

[Source: Inside Line]

The interior of the Rogue looks like a winner. The standard seats are attractive two-tone cloth units, and the dashboard's look and layout are better than what we've seen in some Nissans from the recent past. It certainly appears to be a fine place in which to spend one's morning commute -- a task made even more tolerable if you add optional goodies like a Bose audio system, integrated Bluetooth, a trip computer, and heated leather seating.

According to Inside Line, pricing will start at around $20K, but once you add AWD and the options you want (which will undoubtedly come as part of package that Nissan forces you to take), look for that number to rapidly climb into the latter half of the $20Ks.

We'll give you a firsthand review after we check it out in the metal at the Detroit show. One thing's certain: the small CUV segment is getting more cutthroat by the minute.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like this is a bit larger then Qashqai. CR-V sized in fact, whereas Qashqai was rather small, barely larger then Nissans own Versa. Also what's this 2.4 liter engine stuff? I'm gonna assume it's a misprint and everyone means 2.5 as in the 2.5QR engine that resides in Nissans base Altima and SE-R Sentras. Too bad there's no V-6 option. This thing is nicely styled and will probably sell very well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm disappointed at the views of some people in regards to the new Nissan Rogue, which is more or less essentially the North American-market version of the Nissan Qashqai that just started sales in Europe. With using what amounts to the excellent drivetrain from the 2007 Altima (including the much-lauded JATCO CVT automatic), the Rogue will probably be better-driving than the Honda CR-V, its closest competitor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      youn all should get to reading more often and check out the Murano, this is just a baby Murano with the Nissan Altima interior, and the Nissan Maxima taillights - of course it's feminine, what type of man would buy a CRV, Rav4, Equinoq/Torrent/Vue, etc (maybe a 'happy' one :) ).

      As far as engines go, the 2.5L I4 Altima on a recent test from Car and Driver took 2nd to the Honda Accord - and in acceleration if beat all the cars - including the 3.5L V6 Saturn Aura, adn as far as gas milage it tied for 1st place

      those GM lovers can't say anything, as Infinity is always beats Cadillac in all comparison tests, not to mention that the M45 just took 1st place in a recent comparison adn the G35 is one of the best cars out there, but even the QX56 (a few years old) took it from the new 2007 Escalade
      • 8 Years Ago

      the only problem with your theory is that Nissan in making over $2700/car, while GM is not making anything. as a matter of Fact, onnly Porsche is banking more $$/car than Nissan, even Toyota is making just ove $1800/car.

      so, it goes to show you that desin invokes desire and people want your product. Qualitywise I don't think there is much difference from Nissan to GM, except Nissan has better engines and transmissions than GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would take the Santa Fe any day, not that this vehicle is bad its just that the santa fe looks more agressive:)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't write this one off too soon -- this engine/trans combo has won praise in the Altima, and just might click here, too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a kiddie Murano - the BABY Murano, as people have pointed out, is the Versa. If you like Muranos (and we have one, and do), you'll buy one of these as a spare... Seriously, it's not a ripoff; it's a logical design for an urban CUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People!!!! Stop complaining. I think it is a nice little truck and I believe it will be priced for those who are on budgets and don't want to spend like crazy at the gas pump and like the Murano like styling.
      To be honest, Hyundai is a good company, but I would rather buy Japanese since many personal friends of mine from Korea told me not to buy. I trust their judgment, but I give Hyundai a lot of credit for becoming a competitive car maker.
      Also, I do believe Nissan in the US should not be so narrow minded by selling us their Mexican made cars. If more Nissan JDM come into the US, like the Cube and X-trail, people will love the brand even more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the interior design alot and the exterior, while not earth shattering, should do well with people who's house looks exactly like every other one on the street.

      In other words, should do quite well, for a nissan. Only one problem, everyone's too busy driving past the nissan dealership on the way to the temple, I mean, toyota and honda dealers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We have owned a Bronco; Tahoe: Subaru Forester; among many other cars. We love our Murano. Best car we've ever had. When September comes, we are seriously thinking about downsizing just a tad to the new Rogue. Why? The styling is very similar to our Murano. We love the CVT in our Murano. But, we expect to get even better gas mileage. Nissan quality? Best we've ever had. Toyota? Honda? You call those vehicles stylish? And the ride? I suppose if you enjoy a stiff, hard ride and seat you will stick with Toyota or Honda. But, if you want a car with both good performance and style, go with a Nissan. And, if you haven't driven a car with CVT, you don't know what you are missing. Comparing the Rogue to a Santa Fe? It's like comparing a pit bull to a golden retriever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like no X-Trail in the U.S. dang, but the Rough looks nice though
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