Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue Release Date Still on Schedule: Report
Nissan’s 2021 Rogue compact SUV remains on schedule for a fall 2020 launch despite its factories being closed until at least May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to a report from Automotive News on the redesign of the Rogue, Nissan’s best-selling model by a significant margin and one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S.
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The Rogue’s top-seller status persists in spite of its last major redesign happening the better part of a decade ago when the 2014 model debuted in 2013. In Cars.com’s most recent segment-spanning comparison test of compact SUVs, the Nissan finished last, with our judges giving it low marks for handling, powertrain (particularly its noisy continuously variable automatic transmission), and interior storage and quality.
In a statement obtained by Automotive News, Nissan said, “At this time, our new-model launch programs for the U.S. are on track.”
According to a report in Japan’s Nikkei daily business publication, production of the new Rogue was supposed to begin in May, but it now may be delayed until after summer to give facilities time to reopen and be ready for production.
The new Rogue’s debut was initially planned for the 2020 New York Auto Show, which was scheduled to begin last week but is currently postponed until August. Given that the Javits Center, home of the show, is currently a COVID-19 field hospital, August feels optimistic. When, where or how the new Rogue will debut before its planned launch is unknown.
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