After being named the 2008 AJAC Car-of-the-Year in the SUV/CUV Under $35,000 category, the Nissan Rogue crossover SUV enters the 2013 model year with a refined interior, added technology and convenience features and a new model available - all of which designed to provide the high-value, high-fun attitude that has made Rogue one of the most popular compact crossover SUVs in class since its introduction five years ago.
"There are many ways to look at ‘value' in a vehicle these days and the new Nissan Rogue delivers by every measure - affordability, fuel efficiency, quality and versatility," said Judy Wheeler, Director, Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. "For 2013, Rogue was updated with the same themes in mind when it was named - aggressive styling, functionality and fun-to drive."
The 2013 Rogue is offered in three trims, S, SV and SL along with three options - Special Edition Package, Premium Package and Navigation Package.
Each 2013 Rogue comes with the standard sport mode switch, a standard 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Rogue also offers a long list of standard safety features including front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags. The SV now includes Power Seat, Power Lumbar, Auto Climate Control, and Auto Head Lights. On top of that, the SV FWD now receives all of the same additional content as SV AWD.
"The 2013 Rogue has again raised the bar for style and ‘on-road' performance in the Small Crossover market", said Wheeler. "It was designed, and has succeeded in being an over-achiever in all aspects - appearance, utility, quality, attention to detail and value."
Aggressive Design and Attitude
For 2013, the Rogue features a Chrome License Plate Finisher and a rear spoiler, adding to the exterior that was designed to present an image of modern sophistication - both aggressive and sporty. Its sleek, bold styling includes dynamically arched forms and powerful rear shoulder lines.
"Unlike many SUVs in the market, Rogue's design invokes an immediate emotional response with its power, style and sophistication," said Wheeler. "Then once you get inside, you're pleasantly reminded that all the utility and functionality is there as well."
Rogue features an available power sliding glass moonroof with dark tinted glass, and an available roof rails with detachable cross bars (accessory). Included in the Navigation package on the 2.5 SL model is the Around View Monitor™, which utilizes four small super-wide-angle cameras - mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle - to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping to manoeuvre it in tight spotsBuilt on Nissan's "C" platform, Rogue provides high body stiffness with extensive use of high-strength steel utilized to reduce body weight. Rogue features a 105.9-inch (2,690 mm) wheelbase and 183.3-inch (4,655 mm) overall length - among the longest in class, compared with leading small crossover competitors - providing ample rear seat proportions and one of the longest interior lengths. The body also features large front door openings for easy ingress and egress.
A Driver-Oriented, Ultra-Functional Interior
Like its exterior, Rogue's interior is designed to stand out in class with its sophisticated integration of a cockpit-like driver's space and exceptional utility. The driver's seat position offers excellent visibility, enhanced by a standard 6-way manual adjust driver's seat with manual seat lifter, and up to two inches of seat height adjustability. Rogue's instrument panel layout and steering wheel are designed for easy readability and operation. The panel provides a sporty look and feel, with white illumination and silver gauge surround rings.
A trip computer includes displays for distance-to-empty, average fuel consumption, average speed, elapsed time and outside temperature. Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, cruise control and steering wheel controls are also standard on all Rogues.
Leather-appointed seating surfaces are available in the SL AWD model and heated front seats (cloth and leather) are also available in the SV and SL models. An available fold-flat front passenger seat allows over 8.5 feet of front-to-rear cargo space for carrying long items such as wood or ladders. A rear 60/40 split-fold bench seat and oversize glove box with partition that measures over half a cubic foot in volume are standard. Also available is a rear tonneau cover to keep luggage and other items out of sight.
"Rogue's innovative storage solutions are designed to accommodate the active daily lives of its owners," said Wheeler. "Just because a vehicle is smaller on the outside doesn't mean you have to compromise storage or utility space - all it takes is innovation and creative thinking."
Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and iPod® connectivity are among the advanced technology features available on the 2013 Rogue. Also available is Automatic Climate Control, Nissan Intelligent Key® ,a powerful Bose®-developed audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer with MP3 capability, XM™ satellite radio and the all Around View™ Monitor.
While maintaining its functionality as a family vehicle, Rogue's creators also recognized the target buyers' desires for a higher level of acceleration, handling and fun-to-drive attributes than offered by traditional small crossover SUVs. Rogue delivers on this promise with an advanced drivetrain anchored by its powerful 2.5-litre engine, 4-wheel independent suspension and refined all-wheel drive system.
"We picture the typical Rogue driver after they drop the kids off at school, lowering the windows, turning up the Bose® audio and thinking about escaping to the wild - their briefcase and gear tucked securely in the back - before turning back towards the office," said Wheeler. "Rogue not only makes such a scenario possible, but encourages such adventures."
Rogue's standard QR25DE 2.5-litre DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder is rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque, tuned to provide ample torque in the low-to-mid rpm range for smooth, powerful acceleration and quick initial response from a standing start.
The engine features an aluminum block, reduced piston and piston ring friction and increased thermal efficiency (over the previous generation 2.5-litre engine design), 9.6:1 compression ratio, and large diameter intake port and exhaust manifold.
Despite its impressive performance credentials, the 2013 Rogue is extremely fuel efficient. FWD Rogue models get an impressive 9.0L /100 km (31 MPG) in the City and a fuel sipping 7.0 L /100 km (40 MPG) on the highway. The popular AWD Rogue models achieve 9.6 L /100 km (30 MPG) in the City and 7.7 L /100 km (37 MPG) on the Highway. For residents in Ontario, both Rogue FWD and AWD units are also exempt from the provincial "gas guzzler" charge that is applicable to all SUVs with a Highway fuel consumption of 8.0L /100 km or more.
Every Rogue comes with a standard Nissan Xtronic CVT™, combining smooth, linear and responsive acceleration with high-efficiency operation. Rogue's CVT utilizes adaptive logic control and a high-speed central processing unit. Its advanced shift control offers the optimal shift pattern according to the driving situation and driver's demands, using input from driver operation, vehicle speed, road gradient, turning condition and acceleration force to adjust shifting patterns accordingly.
Rogue is available with front-wheel drive or an advanced intuitive all-wheel drive system with yaw moment control. The system provides stable starts on dry or slippery roads and excellent all-weather performance and traction. Every Rogue also features standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS).
Rogue's standard 4-wheel independent suspension provides a balance of ride comfort and driving stability. The front suspension includes subframe-mounted independent struts with coil springs, high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs and a stabilizer bar.
The rear independent multi-link suspension includes aluminum-alloy upper links and high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs. The rear suspension design provides maximum luggage space (versus a rear strut design), as well as driving stability.
Responsive steering is provided by an electric power-assisted steering (EPS) system. Every Rogue also comes equipped with standard power-assisted front and rear vented disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). "S" Rogue models come with 16-inch steel wheels and 215/70R16 tires, while redesigned 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/60R17 tires are standard on the SV trims. Drivers can also upgrade to an 18-inch alloy wheel with the SV's premium package. This year, two all-new Special Edition trims are introduced in both FWD ($25,178) and AWD ($27,978). The Rogue is priced up $1,400 vs. base S models, but offers $2,400 in content including 16" Alloy Wheels, Power Moonroof, Front Fog Lights, Intelligent Key, Privacy Glass, Tonneau Cover, SE badging. The SV AWD Premium Pack trim was removed, and all of the Premium Package features with Navigation Package (Navigation, 5" touch screen & XM satellite radio) are consolidated.
Standard safety features for the Rogue include Zone Body Construction, Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front air bags and occupant classification system for the front passenger seat, and front seat Active Head Restraints. Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags (for front and rear outboard occupant head protection) with rollover sensor are also standard.
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