Coming up on six model years since it debuted, the Nissan Rogue compact crossover looks like it will finally get a redo to make it more competitive with its fresher rivals. Despite its aging design, the Rogue has remained a strong seller for Nissan, being its best-selling crossover or SUV and offering a compelling mix of practicality and value for customers.
But with some excellent recent entries into the segment, including the Mazda CX-5, a redesigned RAV4, and redesigns of the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V since the Rogue first debuted, it was clear the sales staple of Nissan's SUV fleet needed an update. Based on these spy shots, the 2014 Rogue will get a sharper, more defined front-end treatment, giving it a family resemblance to, ironically enough, the new new NV200 compact van. Visible through the tape and black camo are more angular taillights, indicating a more sharply defined overall style compared with the rounded, smooth lines of the current model.
The current Rogue is powered by a 170-hp 2.5-liter I-4 that delivers an acceptable, but not class-leading, 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. To bring its fuel economy up, the new Rogue may get a downsized engine. Overseas markets may reportedly get an engine as small as 1.2 liters, in the form of a supercharged I-3 or I-4. A plug-in hybrid variant is also being considered. For the U.S. market, the engine may shrink to 2.0 liters, or a few extra mpg could be unlocked through fine-tuning of the current 2.5-liter QR25DE and its CVT transmission, a combination that has enabled the Altima sedan to attain a class-leading non-hybrid highway rating of 38 mpg.