Finally, Canada will get a Nissan X-Trail again, but it isn’t the one we all miss.

We will still call Nissan’s new compact SUV by its current name. But, the Rogue and X-Trail are coming together. Unfortunately, it’s more Rogue than X-Trail.

Under the hood sits the same 2.5L four-cylinder engine as the previous model year Rogue, producing 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Also staying the same is the continuously variable transmission and there continues to be no other option.

The exterior does receive a bit of nip-tuck attention. Up front, the cheese grater grille is gone in favour of a much more stylish, corporate look. Also, the headlights are given a once-over to make them much more aggressive.

For all the good work designers did to the front, they really phoned it in with the rear, as the taillamps look like they are lifted directly from a previous-generation Lexus RX.

This is an incredibly important vehicle for both Nissan and its partner Renault, as the Rogue is the first car to use the Nissan/Renault Common Module Family platform that will underpin a significant number of their cars going forward. Only time will tell if this modularized methodology will pay dividends.

The 2014 Rogue will go on sale in December.

Press release and images below.

All-New 2014 Nissan Rogue Makes North American Debut

  • One of two global Nissan crossover SUV designs announced today, along with Nissan X-TRAIL
  • Best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s Canadian lineup, totally redesigned for 2014 model year, set for December on-sale
  • Bold new design, featuring stylish right-sized exterior, along with flexible, roomy and inviting interior with optional 3-row/7-passenger seating
  • Extensive range of available technologies includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation, NissanConnectSM Apps; Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Nissan today debuted the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue compact utility vehicle, the company’s best-selling model in Canada* and one of a family of new Nissan global compact crossovers. The European version, called the Nissan X-TRAIL, made its world debut during a press conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier today. As a high-volume global growth product built on the new jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, it is projected to be available in 190 countries around the world.

The new Rogue is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in Canada in December with pricing to be announced at a later date.

“There is growing demand for compact SUVs around the world due to their user-friendly combination of right-sized exteriors, flexible interior utility and low environmental impact,” said Brian Thomas, Director of Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “With this exciting, innovative, all-new design, Nissan is aggressively targeting increased sales and share in every market, including Canada. By sharing development costs, while adapting powertrains, designs and equipment offerings for each specific region, Nissan has been able to add features and technologies while keeping prices affordable, it’s a guaranteed winner.”

The 2014 Rogue’s new exterior design provides a premium, high-quality look and feel with available LED headlights, standard LED signature daytime running lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and rear spoiler. Also available are a power panoramic moonroof and a power rear liftgate.

For the first time, Rogue will offer optional 3-row/7-passenger seating, thanks to its improved interior packaging efficiency. Among the many interior highlights are the innovative, class-exclusive** Divide ‘n Hide® Cargo System providing 18 adjustable variations (two-row models) between the cargo and occupant areas.

The premium Rogue interior also offers exceptional passenger and cargo versatility, with best-in-class** front headroom. The class-exclusive** EZ FlexÔ Seating System includes a reclining 40/20/40-split 2nd row seat and 2nd row legroom of 963 mm (37.9 inches) and 228 mm (9.0 inches) of fore/aft adjustability. Standard interior features include Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant.

“Rogue’s bold, dynamic new styling is going to generate tremendous attention,” said Thomas. “And once buyers take a look inside at the roomy, premium interior and experience the long list of affordable technologies, we know they’ll be delighted.”

Available Rogue technology features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation and NissanConnectSM Apps; Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection; Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

Every 2014 Nissan Rogue is equipped with a responsive 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine rated at 170-horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Also standard are an advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a choice of an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system or front-wheel drive. An added level of driving confidence is provided by the new suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies, featuring Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control.

Fuel economy is significantly improved over the 2013 model with details to be announced at a later date. The new Rogue carries the distinctive “PURE DRIVE” badge, signifying Nissan’s commitment to developing more environmentally friendly transportation for every market. The 2014 Nissan Rogue is offered in three models, S, SV and SL, and will be assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee.

*Fiscal Year 2012
**AutoPacific Segmentation. 2014 Rogue v. ’13 and ’14 competitors, Midsize Compact Class.

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