We managed to make our way to the 23rd annual Z Car Convention at the Nissan North America headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee this weekend. Aside from a slew of Zed-related goodness of unmatched acclaim, the 2011 Nissan Rogue was also rolled out as part of the celebration. Overall, the little crossover sticks close to last year's recipe, though some subtle visual updates help the ute better stand out from the rest of the mall parking lot crowd.
The tweaked front fascia now has a more angular look aimed at giving the nose of the Rogue some definition. Likewise, the grille has been massaged to incorporate a larger Nissan badge, and the optional fog lights now reside in sculpted inserts. A chrome strip spans the 2011 Rogue's flanks, and a similar piece of brightwork now glams up the rear liftgate. Lastly, buyers who opt for the 2011 Nissan Rogue Krom or Rogue SL will get new 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, too. Otherwise, it's much of the same from Nissan's compact people hauler. Hit the jump for the official press release.
Photos by Zach Bowman / Copyright ©2010 AOL
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 Kr?m™ 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 Kr?m™ 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 Kr?m? 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.
About the 2011 Nissan Rogue
The new 2011 Nissan Rogue offers a standard 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT? (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Rogue S, Rogue SV and Rogue S Kr?m™ Edition are available with an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system.
Rogue is designed to satisfy the buyers' functional and emotional needs – including the versatility provided by a large 58 cubic feet of cargo space combined with a 60/40 split rear seat and available fold-down front passenger seat. Utility is enhanced by numerous storage and functionality features, including an oversized glove compartment and large center console.
Rogue also offers a long list of standard safety features, including six standard air bags – front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for improved front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Available Rogue technology features include Nissan Intelligent Key?, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) Nissan Navigation System, RearView Monitor, Xenon headlights and a Bose-developed audio system.
The new Rogue SV model is designed to provide excellent value, with standard 6-way power driver's seat, driver's seat power lumbar support, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Nissan Intelligent Key? and several other features previously available in the 2010 Rogue SL. Two available option packages, the Premium Package and SL Package, include the Nissan Navigation System.
For buyers looking for a sportier look, the Rogue S Kr?m™ Edition features a unique front grille and bumper with fog lights, unique rear fascia, center-exit sport-tuned exhaust, integrated body-colored rear spoiler, body colored power outside mirrors and new 18-inch brilliant-finish aluminum-alloy wheels.