Remember last April, when Nissan told us it would be launching five new models over the course of 15 months? Well, we've seen the Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Versa Note, so that magical fifth model has to be the new Rogue, which our spy photographers recently caught testing. Despite looking like a hodge-podge of black duct tape and garbage bags, we can clearly see that the new Rogue takes a lot of its styling cues from the Hi-Cross concept that Nissan showed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. And that's fine – we found that CUV concept to be a decidedly handsome thing, and certainly more attractive than the weird little Rogue that currently roams the streets.

Details surrounding the next Rogue are still very unclear, though our spies suggest that it could be powered by a new 1.2-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine, good for something like 113 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. We'll see about that, since those numbers represent a drastic drop in power versus the current Rogue – to the tune of 57 hp and 35 lb-ft. A diesel engine for other markets is expected to be on offer, and a plug-in hybrid version is also rumored to be in the works, though that won't show up at the vehicle's initial launch.

If Nissan sticks to its plan of showing these five new models in the course of 15 months, that means we should see the Rogue in July. Of course, since things don't always go as planned, it could be many more months before all that camouflage is taken away.


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      asdf
      • 1 Year Ago
      will there ever be updates to the titan and frontier??
        pavsterrocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @asdf
        I bet they are the slowest selling models Nissan makes, so why would they care?
          asdf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          That's the whole point of updating them. To sell more.
          Bryant Keith
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          you forgot the Armada
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @asdf
        Nissan just did a paltry trim refresh on titan, frontier, and xterra this year. Probably another year before REAL spy shots of new ones come out, at least a year...
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m glad they did something about the rear end. Visibility looks to be MUCH improved over the current car. The rear window, combined with the high, risign beltline of the side windows made the current car a rolling blind spot!
        pavsterrocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foxtrot685
        I have the current car and have no issues with blind spots. Great utilitarian car and quite fun to drive as well, for what it is.
      Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan has been losing it on design of late. What happened? Cost cutting measures on the design too? I don't know what it will take to replace the Armada. It's too damn old it's showing its age on the road. We need a replacement bad but then again, they need time to work on the quality. I have never driven such a problematic Nissan product.
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Henry
        Honestly shopping Armada against the GM twins you would be hard pressed to not like the Nissan. Better fit/finish. They've just been on the road for a while now and need better fuel economy. Otherwise they aren't junk...
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like an inflatable doll in the back seat... Giggity.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its not a performance vehicle, its not designed to win beauty contests. It was designed to appeal to a wide audience, and be able to merge onto highway without killing you. It is what it is.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like it's wrapped in trash bags and black duct tape. Poor man's camouflage.
      Logicpad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody else see possible 3 rows seating like previous gen RAV4?
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah.. the new Altima is kinda weird/swoopy with a big, chunky grill, the new Versa is awkward, the new Sentra looks like the Versa and is kinda slow and boaty, the new Pathfinder while competent has kinda bloated styling with out of place chiseled headlamps. Honestly - this new Rogue might be the best styled of the bunch - arguably better than the bug eyed CRV and the droopy nose Rav4. Doubt the 1.2 motor will make it to the states - no reason why they wouldn't use the 2.5 out of the Altima.
      Cut
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always find it a little bit amusing that Asian manufacturers camouflage their test mules. Are they worried that Mercedes is going to scrap their latest S-class design because that new Camry is sooooo edgy?
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cut
        So it won't affect current Rogue sales too early, and so they can have a big party when they unveil it and put out press releases and other marketing stuff.
        over9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cut
        Actually... Mercedes is looking more like a Hyundai these days..
      AwolG5
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when Nissan had a full range of good looking, sporty, economical cars. What the hell happened........
        pavsterrocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AwolG5
        I don't know - family cars always look boring - even from Audi and Mercedes. Nissan has some pretty cool things on the market - the Z still looks awesome, the Juke may not be pretty but it sure as hell doesn't look like every other car, and then there is the Godzilla.
        Farmboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AwolG5
        Honestly, the styling of the Leaf happened. And then they probably had a design study that showed how crossovers that don't stand out sell. I really miss the old Nissan styling, especially the X-Terra and Pathfinder. Those were so cool.
          Wacko
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Farmboy
          I don't understand what is going on in japan, Nissan and Honda used to be some of the best looking cars back in the day. Toyota well, other than the supra has basically mostly been boring. Now well toyota still boring, but they are no longer the only members of that growing club...
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another butt load o' ugly from Nissan to hurt my eyes in the near future. Blah.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan: trying desperately to out-boring toyota succeeding
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