DETROIT -- Nissan's revamped 2014 Rogue crossover will be available this fall for the first time with optional third-row seating along with improved fuel economy. Nissan officials briefed reporters this morning on details of the second-generation Rogue, the first U.S. product to embody what the Renault-Nissan Alliance calls its Common Module Family platform. The architecture is engineered to give designers and engineers more flexibility on component modules such as front ends and cockpits. In a statementreleased from Nissan's Farmington Hills tech center in suburban Detroit this morning, Nissan said the 2014 Rogue will have a base price, $23,350, up from $21,170, for the outgoing 2013 model. The fully loaded all-wheel drive Rogue SL will be priced at $30,280. All prices include shipping.
The 2014 Rogue is powered by a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a new version of Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Nissan says the new CVT reduces friction by 40 percent over the current gearbox. Engineers improved the transmission's belt and pulley system, reduced oil churning friction, installed a compact oil pump, and redesigned the electronic controls to improve fuel economy by about 10 percent. The 2014 Rogue is EPA rated at 26 mpg city, 33 highway and 28 combined, up from 23 city, 28 highway and 25 combined for the 2013 model.
The 2014 Rogue, available in front- or all-wheel drive, is about the same size as the 2013, with minor changes of between one and two inches in wheelbase, length and width. Nissan is building the Rogue at its Smyrna, Tenn. plant for the first time. The first generation Rogue, introduced in 2007 as a 2008 model, had been built in Japan.