When we hear the word "Krom" we think of Conan the Barbarian in the crypt, finally acquiring that giant sword. Nissan, on the other hand, uses the word to signify its new specialty vehicle line. You've seen the factory-accessorized Cube Krom, and now Nissan apparently believes the time is right for a Rogue Krom. The front clip gets a GT-R-esque treatment, while the rear gets a center-exit exhaust with a sportier sound. The package sits on blinged-up wheels, and gets finished off with privacy glass, body-colored mirrors, and steering wheel audio controls.
Three color choices -- Venom Red, Wicket Black, and Gotham Gray -- will set off the Krom badge in the hopes of making this Rogue the baddest grocery-getter on the block. Maybe that way it won't be so awkward when you swing your sword over your head, scream "Krom!" and ask your next door neighbor, "Do you want to live forever?" It will be awkward when he calls the police on you, though.
Nissan didn't announce pricing on the Rogue Krom, but you can read about everything else in the press release after the jump.
Nissan Adds New Rogue Krom Edition, Featuring Sporty Styling, Exclusive 17-Inch Wheels, Sport-Tuned Exhaust
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced the latest addition to its Krom specialty vehicles lineup, the 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom edition, which is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in December 2009. The new Rogue Krom edition is designed to offer a unique dimension to traditional compact sport utility vehicles with its aggressive sport styling, exclusive 17-inch wheels and a center-exit sport-tuned exhaust. Nissan also offers a Krom edition of the popular Nissan cube®.
The limited production Rogue Krom edition is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations and in just three exterior colors – Venom Red, Wicked Black and Gotham Gray.
Built on the solid foundation of the Rogue S, the Krom edition adds 17-inch brilliant finish aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/60R Continental Conti 4×4 Contact tires and a unique grille embedded in the aggressive front fascia with integrated fog lights. In the rear, the Rogue Krom edition includes a boldly styled sport fascia with integrated center-exit exhaust, a body-colored rear spoiler and rear privacy glass. Body-colored power outside mirrors, a Krom emblem and steering wheel-mounted audio controls complete the Krom equipment modifications.
"The new Krom edition expands Rogue's already strong appeal, bringing its unmistakable sporty and active design to buyers seeking to stand out from the crowd of ordinary compact SUVs," said Pat Steiner, director, Specialty Vehicles Group, NNA. "Just as our NISMO models add enhanced performance straight from the factory, the Krom lineup offers intriguing, customized design right off the showroom floor."
Based at NNA headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., the Specialty Vehicles Group was formed in August 2006 to develop niche derivatives of Nissan vehicles.
"Krom adds a level of style and appearance, along with a sense of intrigue, excitement and self-expression. The Krom name suggests 'cars with attitude,' rather than a literal interpretation of chrome wheels or trim," added Steiner. "We leverage our speed and flexibility in bringing exciting new products to market – faster and for less than 'mainstream' models."
About the 2010 Nissan Rogue
The 2010 Nissan Rogue crossover SUV continues to satisfy both the functional needs of the buyers and their emotional needs – including the versatility provided by a large 58 cubic feet of cargo space. For 2010, Rogue is available in three offerings, Rogue S, Rogue SL and the intriguing Rogue Krom edition – each equipped with a standard 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT(TM) (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and available with an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system. Rogue SL and Rogue Krom include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Chrome door handles are now standard on all Rogue models.
Rogue's interior includes a driver-oriented cockpit with available leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated seats and 6-way power driver's seat. Versatility is enhanced by numerous convenient storage and ultra-functionality features, including an oversized glove compartment, a large center console and an innovative available rear cargo organizer. Available technology features include Nissan Intelligent Key(TM), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and a powerful Bose®-developed audio system with Nd® Richbass® woofer and MP3 playback.
Rogue also offers a long list of standard safety features, including front seat-exit side impact supplemental air bags and roof-exit curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
For 2010, Rogue S models are available with a new 360 degree Value Package, which includes unique 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, privacy glass, integrated rearview mirror rearview monitor, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear spoiler and chrome grille.