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Nissan this week debuted the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue. For the first time, assembly of this vehicle moves to the U.S. at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn. plant. More than 900 jobs were added to support the production.
This is the company’s fifth totally redesigned model to come out in the last 18 months. The 2014 Rogue follows the all-new Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Versa Note. Nissan Division sales, spurred by gains in these top-selling, core-models rose 24.3 percent in August.
Rogues go on sale in the U.S. in November. Starting prices range from $23,350 for the S front-wheel drive (FWD) to $30,280 for SL all-wheel drive (AWD) and, the 2014 model will offer for the first time an optional, small third row to give the vehicle seven seating positions.
Hoping to fire advance interest and ensure a fast sales start, Nissan also announced today an "early bird special" for buyers who reserve Rogues in advance of the on-sale date: a $250 gift card or a low-payment lease deal -- $239 monthly after $2,599 upfront. You have to sign by Nov. 12 and take delivery by March 31, according to James Healey, USA TODAY.
Healey says the engine in the U.S. model is a carryover from the current Rogue -- a gasoline 2.5-liter four-cylinder, rated 170 horsepower and 175 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to Nissan's CVT (continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission).
NissanConnect with Navigation is one of the Rogue's available options. Class-exclusive Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning are also available, so drivers can see 360 degrees around the car and even get warned when something is in the way.
Highway mileage rating is expected to be a high 33 mpg for FWD models, Nissan says, though U.S. government ratings for the vehicle aren't available yet.