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In the years since we first drove the Nissan Rogue back in the Fall of 2007, it has been a favorite around The Garage every time one is in our test fleet. Each time we’ve reported about how much we love Nissan’s little suv. Now that we’ve spent a week with the 2011 version, we still love it.
Perhaps we continue to love it because the revamp it received for the 2011 model year was essentially a face lift rather than a complete going over. The Nissan press material says:
Among the many enhancements for the fourth year of Rogue production is a redesigned exterior featuring a new front fascia and grille, front chin spoiler, rear spoilers, new chrome side door guard molding trim accents, new front and rear tire deflectors and a new chrome license plate finisher. Also added for 2011 are available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, new lower rolling resistance tires (available with the 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels) and a new under-body cover.
The cosmetic stuff is nice and all, but the reality is that the core vehicle just fits so well into our family’s lifestyle. The Rogue is comfortable and versatile, with a tactile feel that rivals that of vehicles costing much more money. Add in the outstanding reliability record and Nissan has a golden package on their hands.
The cute ute class originators, Honda’s CRV and Toyota’s RAV4 both seem to have lost a bit of their distinctive style with their latest redesigns. That’s not to say that they aren’t great vehicles, but they seem to have lost a bit of personality as they’ve matured. Even still, any newcomer to this market is fighting a bit of an uphill battle as brand loyalty runs deep with owners of these vehicles.
While the old standbys may be having a bit of an identity crisis happening, Nissan’s first entry into the segment is unquestionably a Nissan. Perhaps you could call it the Rogue child of the Murano, as the 2008 Nissan Rogue shares so many styling cues and tech details with it’s older brother.
Attention all Nissan enthusiasts! The GT-R has made a real life public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ok, so it’s still sporting front and rear bras, but those bras look to be holding up some pretty special goodies. The GT-R has been the source of tons of spy shots as the car is developed, so it looks like Nissan is once again choosing to show off a new model prior to it’s official launch.
In what is becoming a common move for Nissan, the company has released details of the upcoming Rogue CUV in advance of the North Amerian International Auto Show. Nissan has shown teaser images of the new machine over the past few months, without saying too much about the actual vehicle. Based on the C platform, which is the same as Sentra, the Rogue will be powered by the family 2.5 liter 4 cylinder mated to a CVT and available all wheel drive.
More pictures and Nissan press release after the break