(autoinsidernews) - Nissan has revealed its 2008 Rogue crossover ahead of its official unveiling at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The Rogue, with its Murano-inspired styling, is the automaker's entry into the compact crossover segement, targeting the Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.
The 2008 Rogue rides on Nissan's C-platform which also underpins the new Sentra and the Nissan Qashqai, which is no coincidence, since the Rogue is effectively a lightly restyled Qashqai. The 2008 Nissan Rogue will be available in two models, Rogue S and Rogue SL. Both models are powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 170-hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The enigne is mated to Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). An all-new all-wheel drive system is available on both S and SL models. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) are standard, reports Trend.
While the Rogue is arguably better looking than its Qashqai cousin, we aren't sure that it will stand out in a crowded market of compact crossovers.
The 2008 Nissan Rogue will go on sale in September 2007 at Nissan dealers nationwide, with prices expected to start around $20K.