As the spy shots confirm, the new Rogue, which we’re expecting to land in showrooms towards the end of the year, as a 2014 model, will resemble the stylish Hi-Cross concept car that we saw at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Key elements of the design will be an angular nose, sweeping fender curves and planted stance.
The Hi-Cross also measured in at 183.4 inches in length, 72.8 inches across and 65.7 inches in height, and had a wheelbase of 109.4 inches. We can expect similar dimensions for the 2014 Rogue.
It appears the rather conservative nature of the current Rogue is about to get a more focused identity, which it desperately needs in face of tough competition from the likes of the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. A shot showing part of the cabin reveals a design unlike anything we’ve seen in a Nissan product before, emphasizing the automaker’s desire to distance the new model from its mundane predecessor.
2014 Nissan Rogue (X-Trail) spy shotsEnlarge Photo
We don’t have any powertrain details yet but expect the base model to continue with a four-cylinder engine matched to a CVT. Further down the track a hybrid model should be launched, as this setup (a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor) was previewed in the Hi-Cross concept car.
Look out for a debut of the 2014 Nissan Rogue at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in October.