Starting tomorrow, Nissan will begin selling what the market needs most: another small-sized SUV/CUV/thingy. The Rogue, which originally debuted in Detroit last January, joins a highly competitive segment that includes perennial best sellers, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.

Based off the automaker's "C" platform underpinning the new Sentra, the Rogue will get 170 HP and 175 lb.-ft. of torque sent to either the front wheels or all four wheels depending on spec.

Five packages are offered, beginning with the base SL 2WD model that starts at $19,250, while upping the ante with all wheel drive will boost the price another $1,200. The premium package on the SL 2WD model will set you back $1,900, while the AWD-equipped premium model gets a bump in the sticker by $2,200. A leather package and a moonroof are also available, priced at $1,800 and $800 respectively.

You can read through Nissan's full press release after the jump and check out the gallery below to see if the Rogue has what it takes to compete with the big boys in the CUV marketplace.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Nissan Announces Pricing on All-New 2008 Rogue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2007) - Nissan North America, Inc. today announced pricing on the all-new 2008 Nissan Rogue, which goes on sale September 18 at Nissan dealers nationwide. Rogue is Nissan's first entry into the small crossover SUV segment. It is available in two well-equipped, high-value models, Rogue S and Rogue SL.

The starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the well-equipped 2008 Rogue S is $19,250 for the 2WD model and $20,450 for Rogue S AWD. Pricing for Rogue SL is $20,670 for 2WD and $21,870 for AWD.
All 2008 Rogue models come equipped with a standard 170-horsepower (167 hp CAL emissions) 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a long list of standard safety equipment, including six air bags. An available all-new Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system with yaw moment control is also offered on both S and SL models.

Other standard Rogue equipment includes air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter, cruise control with steering wheel mounted switches, power windows and door locks, 60/40 split 2nd row rear seat, remote keyless entry, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, auxiliary input jack and 16-inch wheels and tires.

Rogue SL trim adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, roof rails, privacy glass, body-colored power outside mirrors, tailpipe finisher, 6-way manual driver's seat, rear passenger heater ducts and an additional 12-volt power outlet.

Available technology features include Intelligent Key, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and a powerful Bose®–developed audio system with AUX input and MP3 playback.

The new Nissan Rogue also offers excellent fuel economy of 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway for 2WD models and 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway for Rogue AWD models.
"Rogue's aggressive, performance-oriented styling, powerful engine, responsive handling, and driver-focused cockpit combine with its thoughtful everyday utility to create a vehicle that shifts the way buyers, especially younger buyers, think about crossover SUVs," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.

Rogue's refined interior includes a driver-oriented cockpit, available leather-appointed seating surfaces, fold-flat front passenger's seat and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Utility is enhanced by numerous convenient storage and ultra-functionality features, including an oversized partitioned glove box, a large dual-level center console and an available innovative rear cargo organizer.


Rogue's standard QR25DE 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder is rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque (167 hp, 170 lb-ft CAL emissions), tuned to provide ample torque in the low-to-mid rpm range for smooth, powerful acceleration and quick initial response from a standing start. Combined with the standard Nissan Xtronic CVT™, the engine offers smooth, linear and responsive acceleration feel with high-efficiency operation. Available paddle shifters provide an added level of sporty performance and driver control.


Rogue also offers a long list of standard safety features, including a Nissan Advanced Air Bag system and front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupants.

Five options and packages are offered for the 2008 Nissan Rogue: Premium Package (SL 2WD) $1,900; Premium Package (SL AWD) $2,200; Leather Package (SL AWD) $1,800; Moonroof (SL) $800; and splash guards at $125.