Despite a rapidly revitalized lineup of cars and SUVs, Nissan still has a few weak spots, mostly because of some products’ advanced age in a quickly moving market. As of September 10, the automaker will have one fewer with the inception of the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue compact crossover.
Expected to be inspired by the Nissan Hi-Cross concept that debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the 2014 Nissan Rogue will share its looks with the overseas Nissan Qashqai (Gesundheit!) but should receive power from the venerable 2.5-liter four-cylinder currently found under the hood of the Nissan Altima midsize sedan. That power will be routed through either the front wheels or all four via a continuously variable automatic transmission.
So far, all we know about it outside of some shots we’ve seen of prototypes testing is that it will, indeed, have at least one headlight and a three-section grille that is shared with other Nissan trucks and crossovers. With the new compact crossover, Nissan hopes to put a hurt on established players like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester. The current Rogue still sells in decent numbers but can’t compare mostly because it has been on sale in the U.S. since the 2008 model year with just one refresh to keep it relevant.
Over the next few weeks, Nissan will be unveiling a long list of news items, as it has already done with its full-size Titan pickup truck expecting to receive a new Cummins diesel engine in its next generation, because of a worldwide event called Nissan 360 held in Irvine, California. It’s basically a State of the Union for Japan’s second-largest automaker. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the Rogue or any of the other new products announced at the event.