Nissan's mid-size crossover is about to get funky.
Nissan has recently injected several new models into its lineup including the Altima, Kicks, Sentra, and Versa. These new models have all helped increase sales but the company's best-selling model, the Nissan Rogue, hasn't been redesigned since 2013 when it was first introduced to Europe as the X-Trail. Nissan will reportedly reveal several new SUVs later this year, including an all-new Qashqai (known in the US as the Rogue Sport).
A new X-Trail (Rogue) was also rumored to be in the works and based on new spy shots, it looks like the popular compact crossover is about to receive a much-needed refresh. With so few people walking around due to the coronavirus outbreak, now is a great time for automakers to test their products on the public roads. But even the crisis could stop spy photographers from capturing this pair of heavily-camouflaged test mules driving around Las Vegas, Nevada.
Based on the size of these two prototypes, this clearly looks like the compact Rogue and not the smaller, sub-compact Rogue Sport. The side profile looks pretty close to the current model but the new front fascia looks a lot like the Nissan Juke that was revealed in Europe last year.
This new Rogue will likely feature similar front end styling, with a dual headlight design flanking Nissan's signature V-Motion grille. These spy shots don't reveal any glimpses of the interior but previous run-ins with Rogue test mules have revealed a larger infotainment display, new electronic shifter design, and digital displays to replace the analog gauges.
We still don't know what will power the new Rogue, but we wouldn't be surprised if it borrowed the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the Altima producing 182 horsepower (an increase of 12 hp over the current model). As with the current Rogue, power will likely be routed to front- or rear-wheel-drive through a continuously variable transmission. We expect the new Rogue to be revealed later this year as a 2021 model.