• Jul 30, 2010
2011 Nissan Rogue – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Nissan Rogue is a getting a slight efresh when it goes on sale in mid-August. The most obvious external changes are a nose job that brings with it an eggcrate grille shaped more like the one on its bigger Murano sibling, along with new pockets around the foglamps that give the front a more sculpted appearance and revised front and rear spoilers. 18-inch wheels are also newly available for the SL and S Krōm Edition models. The exterior alterations strike us as subtle but handsome, particularly the new grille, which minimizes the odd 'chrome bucktooth' look of the 2010 model.

Perhaps the more important changes outside the vehicle are of the type that only James May would be likely to notice: spats in front of the wheels and a new underbody tray cut the aerodynamic drag and contribute to 1 mpg improvements in both the city and highway fuel economy numbers. The front-wheel-drive model is now EPA rated at 22/28 mpg while the all-wheel-drive variant manages 22/26 mpg. Inside, the Rogue doesn't look much different but does get upgraded entertainment systems.

The 2011 gets its first public showing this weekend at the annual Z Car Convention in Nashville, TN.



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Redesigned 2011 Nissan Rogue Crossover SUV Debuts at
23rd Annual International Z Car Convention


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (July 30, 2010) – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) announced that it will unveil the new, redesigned 2011 Nissan Rogue crossover SUV on Saturday, July 31st at the 23rd Annual International Z Car Convention in Nashville. The popular Nissan Rogue gets an upgraded look inside and out – including exterior, interior, comfort and convenience, and audio and entertainment system enhancements. Model names and options are also revised, helping keep Rogue fresh and exciting for its active lifestyle buyers. The 2011 Rogue is now offered in two trim levels, S and SV, along with the sporty Rogue S Krōm™ Edition. Rogue is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide beginning August 13th.

"It seems appropriate to debut the new Rogue among this important gathering of Z enthusiasts, since Rogue shares many of the original Z's core values – exciting styling, excellent value and a fun-to-drive spirit," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, NNA. "The Rogue S Krōm™ Edition, with its more aggressive styling, sport-tuned exhaust and 18-inch wheels and tires, also fits right in among the many unique and modified Z cars appearing at the convention."

Among the many enhancements for the fourth year of Rogue production is a redesigned exterior featuring a new front fascia and grille, new front and rear spoilers, new chrome side door guard molding trim accents, new front and rear tire deflectors and a new chrome license plate finisher.

Also added for 2011 are new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for the Rogue S Krōm Edition and Rogue SL Package, new low rolling resistance tires (available with the 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels) and a new under-body cover. Fuel economy has improved by 1 mpg for both Highway driving (FWD models) and City (AWD models). The new EPA estimates are 22/28 mpg City/Highway for Rogue FWD and 22/26 mpg City/Highway for Rogue AWD.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They didn't have to offer anything compelling for this vehicle. This car was built on an existing car platform that they already have. All they needed was to sell a few to get a profit. They made it just attractive enough, sold it to a niche they weren't covering, and bam money.

      Shrug, some people like it so it is something. From a business point of view it's products like these that keep companies a float; and to waste money on GT-R, which doesn't sell in volume to justify the cost of R&D put into it but it does add to the brand image.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The gauges look like a direct lift from VW. Nice, but decidedly un-Nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every time I see a Rogue, I wonder if the definition of rogue has been greatly exaggerated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's refreshed? Still looks old and its style remains forgettable & irrelevant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed. i don't get what nissan's problem is. infiniti has a pretty good lineup, the gt-r obviously rocks, yet everything below seems like a majorly half a'd approach. With hyundai and kia making the massive strides they are I just don't get why Nissan doesn't try harder. It's not like they're lacking good engineers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a major change, but it is enough to make it look much less like an economy car. The grills used to be painted, and all molded into one piece with the bumper, which made it look rather cheap. With the chrome grills, it no longer looks like accountants designed the front end.

        I rented a Rogue last week while on vacation. Not a bad car, but nothing really compelling about it either. Passenger space seemed a little bit smaller than you would expect from outside dimensions, though cargo space was good. Interior did look/feel much nicer than the Nissan Cube I had rented the week before.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol...I almost didnt even notice the article

        • 4 Years Ago
        I 2nd that

        I just came back from the trip to England and the small Nissan SUV there - Qishqai or something like that - was the best looking small SUV there and it looked way better than the Rogue. So why did they just not bring that styling to us?

        i don't get it

        that is the only memorable car I saw while I was there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good move on Nissan's part making the Rogue more like the Murano. While it cannot compete on its mechanical merits, there is something to be said for giving consumers the styling of a $30k-40k vehicle in a lower price bracket.

        It's like Land Rover's approach with the LR2: the buyers probably care less about its overweight chassis, underwhelming engine, and diminished off-road capacity; and more about driving something that looks like an $80k Range Rover.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't believe I'm saying this...or by any Nissan vehicle, but this one is pretty HANDSOME.

      So much better than the turtle CR-V


      • 4 Years Ago
      The Rogue is a nice enough roundabout, so why did Nissan make the Juke again?
        • 4 Years Ago
        mmm... the CRV is pretty GD ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because young people aren't buying the Rogue, and it's their attempt to be "hip."

        I can deal with awkward looking vehicles such as the rogue, but not when the only auto option is a CVT. Pass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I find Rogue uglier than CRV. i never thought it was possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't get a lot of Nissan's SUVs. The Rogue, Murano, and Juke all seem the same, as do the Xterra, Pathfinder, and Armada. It's all just a blur.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Rogue isnt the best in class but is a pretty solid competitor just like the rest of Nissan's vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What "refreshing".....it's still so uninspiring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that besides the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, this is one of the cheapest-looking cars on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice.

      Makes one wonder what went so terribly wrong with the design of the Juke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I totally agree with you on the Qashqai. Every time I would see one I would think 'dang the US got the short end of the stick with the Rogue'. The Rogue always looked dowdy and down-market compared to it. This update helps quite a bit, but the Qashqai just had its own update and continues to progress forward at a more rapid clip.

      Either way, I bet the Rogue gets eaten alive by the new Kia Sportage
      • 4 Years Ago
      does anyone else think the photography is kind of half-@$$ed? like they just went to the closest parking lot and shot some pics with a nice camera and then photoshopped the crap out of them?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They photographed the Rogue in it's natural habitat. the mall parking lot.
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