Nissan is a company capable of doing so many great things and one of them, which doesn’t have too much with technologies and design solutions, is keeping secrets. Therefore, it’s no wonder that most of the things about the next-generation Rogue are still a big mystery. So far, the testing model has been spotted on the road just a couple of times. That’s the reason why theses spy shots draw a lot of attention. Although it didn’t take to much camouflage, we can see the directions of the new model.
From what we can see on the testing model, it becomes pretty clear that the next-generation of this compact crossover won’t get any radical changes, at least when it comes to aesthetics. That seems quite natural, considering that the current generation still makes pretty good sales numbers. So, there is no need to change a proven recipe. This time, the testing model didn’t take too much of its cover. However, we can clearly see the new grille, which is about to keep a familiar layout, with minor tweaks only. On the other side, we count on new headlights, similar to what we have seen in the newest Juke, which probably means two lighting groups, with turn signals positioned in the upper section.
As we already mentioned, most of the things won’t receive radical changes. Moreover, the overall shape and proportions are expected to remain pretty much the same. On the other side, the interior novelties have been spotted already, and it looks like we will see an amazing cabin once again. The current model still features a hi-quality cabin, so we have big expectations from the new one. At this point, we know there will be a lot of new, non-physical features. This includes a digital instrument cluster, as well as a new, bigger touchscreen.
When it comes to the powertrain, we count on improvements with the new model. In the current generation, this is probably the weakest point, as the current 170-hp engine seems a little bit underpowered. Still, we don’t expect that the base layout will significantly change. After all, the new Rogue will ride on an updated version of the current CMF platform. Therefore, count on FWD layout, with optional AWD, CVT gearbox and probably the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit, which would come with a notable power boost. Hybrid versions should come as well.
The next-generation of this compact crossover is about to hit the market by the end of 2020.