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Nissan Rogue redesigned with three rows for 2014

Nissan has been on a roll lately, redesigning its core model line with all new versions of the Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Versa Note released this year. But the Japanese automaker wouldn’t leave out the Rogue, its second best selling model in the US.

Like the Range Rover Sport, Mitsubishi Outlander and Ford Explorer, the second generation Nissan Rogue has gained an optional third row of seats for seven passenger capability. Along with the middle and rear rows, the front passenger seat can also be folded flat for the benefit of cargo capacity, and the cabin has been redesigned for an airier look and feel.

Despite the added space inside, the new Rogue is only marginally larger than the model it replaces, with a 0.6 inch longer wheelbase offset by shorter overhangs front and rear. A lower drag coefficient ought to help reduce wind noise and improve fuel consumption as well.

Power comes courtesy of a 2.5 liter inline four cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound feet of torque, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission driving either the front wheels or all four. Nissan estimates front wheel drive models will be able to hit 33 miles per gallon on the highway, though official EPA ratings aren’t yet available.

Assembly of the 2014 Nissan Rogue shifts to Smyrna, Tennessee, and the crossover will share its Common Module Family architecture with a variety of upcoming vehicles from Nissan and its corporate ally Renault. Pricing will start at $22,490 for the base Rogue S with front wheel drive (not including an $860 destination charges), which is an increase of over $2,000 compared to the 2013 model’s starting price, while the Rogue will top out at $29,420 for the new SL trim with all wheel drive. In anticipation of strong demand for the crossover’s launch in the fall, Nissan is already taking pre orders at its website and handing out $250 gift cards to those who get in line early.

Delve into the full press release for more and scope out the high resolution images in the gallery above for a closer look. lineup is totally redesigned for 2014 with bold styling and optional 3 row/7 passenger seating

New Rogue features premium right sized exterior, roomy and inviting interior, easily configurable passenger/cargo space and features designed to enhance confident drivingFirst introduced for the 2008 model year, the Nissan Rogue has become a key player in the highly competitive compact SUV market addressing both the functional and emotional needs of buyers while offering great value. Now, with a complete redesign for the 2014 model year, Rogue challenges convention once again with bold emotive styling, a premium interior created with comfort and multi tasking in mind, and an array of available affordable techonologies.

For the first time Rogue offers optional 3 row/7 passenger seating, thanks to its improved interior packaging efficiency. Among the many interior highlights are the exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its innovative EZ Flex seating System. The new Rogue also offers an innovative, class exclusive Divide Hide Cargo System that provides 18 adjustable variations (two row models) between the cargo and occupant areas including out of sight storage and a lower deck to handle taller items.

“Like every Nissan, Rogue is designed to energize owners lives by not only meeting their expected needs, but by going beyond the norm with features such as the Around View Monitor that helps make parking less stressful,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “With Rogue, as weve done with the all new Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Versa Note before it, were bringing a new level of affordable technologies and innovations to a segment looking for fresh ideas.”

Now assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is the first vehicle to utilize the new jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture. The added efficiencies provided by the joint development allow Nissan to deliver unprecedented value in the segment. Rogue is one of a family of new Nissan global compact crossovers, along with the European version, called the Nissan X TRAIL. As high volume global growth products, Rogue and X TRAIL are projected to be available in 190 countries around the world.

Robust Exterior, Inviting Interior

The 2014 Rogues completely redesigned exterior provides a premium, high quality look and feel with no compromise of the functional aspects that are so important to owners in this class. Rogue offers a compact overall size and ample interior roominess, thanks to its long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. Versus the previous generation Rogue, the wheelbase has been increased by 0.6 inch, the overall height increased by 1.2 inches and the front overhang reduced by 1.5 inches. In addition, the rear doors have been designed with a wider opening (77 degrees) for easier entry and exit to the rear passenger space.

Rogues bold, sharp bodylines offer a sporty a hermes nd confident appearance, balancing its sleek style with an aggressive stance provided by large wheelwells and available 18 inch wheels and tires.

The coefficient of drag has been reduced by about 10 percent from the previous generation to a class leading 0.33 by optimizing the A pillar section and outside mirror shapes, which also helps reduce wind noise. The turbulence behind the body has been reduced through optimization of the rear roof spoiler, rear side spoiler and rear combination lights. Underbody aerodynamic devices include a Nissan first muffler spoiler, along with a rear bumper closing panel, fuel tank deflector hermes , rear suspension cover, engine under cover and front tire deflectors.

Exterior highlights include standard halogen headlights with signature LED daytime running lights making a powerful visual statement. Also featured are body color outside mirrors with standard integrated turn signals and a rear spoiler. Also available are LED headlights with auto levelizer, fog lights, privacy glass, roof rails, heated outside mirrors and power liftgate.

Rogues available power panoramic moonroof offers a panoramic view through its extended length. The front glass panel slides and tilts, while the rear glass panel is fixed. When in the open position, the front panel slides under the fixed second panel.

Rogue is offered in eight exterior colors: Midnight Jade, Saharan Sun, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Moonlight White and Graphite Blue.

“Rogues bold, dynamic new styling is going to generate tremendous attention,” said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas. “And once buyers take a look inside at the roomy, premium interior and experience the long list of affordable user friendly technologies, we think theyll be delighted.”

Rogues comfortable, inviting interior offers a definite “wow” factor for occupants unexpecte hermes d roominess along with a marriage of refined styling and premium comfort. Among the factors that have improved roominess (versus the previous generation Rogue) are the optimized front headrest shape, lowered front seat shoulder height, forward shifted center console location, reduced front seatback surfaces, reduced rear door speaker enclosure intrusion, lowered door trim height and the new sliding/reclining 2nd row seat design. As a result, Rogue features ample interior roominess and 70.0 cubic feet of cargo room (rear seats folded down).

The new Rogues front bucket seats are a special “zero gravity” inspired design. Similar to the Nissan Altimas front seats, the articulated seat shape provides continuous support from the pelvis to the chest, helping reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel.

The available Quick Comfort heated front seats are designed to immediately begin warming the body parts that are most sensitive to heat, such as the thighs and hips. Then, to maintain a warm, cozy feeling, the heater increases heating on body pressure points. The drivers seat is 6 way adjustable, with available power adjustment incuding lumbar support, while the front passenger seat is 4 way adjustable.

With Rogues innovative EZ Flex Seating System, every seat except the drivers easily folds down. The front passenger seat folds rearwards, allowing transport of long items such as an 8 foot ladder when combined with the flat folding 40/20/40 split 2nd row seat. The optional stadium style, flat fold 3rd row 50/50 split bench seat enhances Rogues outstanding passenger versatility. Rogue offers 37.9 inches of 2nd row legroom with its 9.0 inches of fore/aft adjustability.

The new Rogue interior design also offers a range of smart storage and convenience solutions, with six front s hermes torage areas (five within the drivers reach), two front cupholders and two front bottle holders.