2009 NISSAN ROGUE CROSSOVER SUV COMBINES FUEL EFFICIENCY, ENGAGING PERFORMANCE AND ULTRA-FUNCTIONALITY
Nashville, Tenn. - The Nissan Rogue crossover SUV, introduced as an all-new model for 2008, was created as a whole new way to make driving
fun combining 27 miles per gallon estimated highway fuel economy with spirited performance and SUV utility.
Rogue received a number of prestigious awards in its first year, including Best New Small Crossover by Kiplingers magazine,
Parents Magazine Best Family Cars for 2008 award, AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) for Compact Crossover SUV segment and
MotorWeeks Drivers Choice Award for Best Small Utility. In addition, the 2008 Rogue received the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administrations (NTHSA) highest rating 5 stars for side-impact crash safety.
Enhancements for the 2009 Nissan Rogue include new auto speed-sensing door locks; fold-down front passenger seat, driver seatback pocket, dual-level
center console tray and mood lighting for SL models; drive computer and outside temperature display added to SL models; two luggage side cargo hooks
and dual visor vanity mirror illumination for SL models; the Leather Package option is now available for Rogue FWD SL models; and Bluetooth
Hands-free Phone System and Nissan Intelligent Key added to the Rogue FWD
The Rogue had what we consider an All-Star rookie season, proving once again that the Nissans philosophy of providing good fuel efficiency and
great driving performance in one high-value package resonates with todays new vehicle buyers, said Al Castignetti, vice president and general
manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. Rogue was designed to satisfy both the functional needs of the buyer and their emotional needs
with aggressive, performance-oriented styling, a powerful engine, responsive handling, a driver-focused cockpit and thoughtful everyday utility and it
continues to do so in 2009.
The 2009 Nissan Rogue is available in two models, Rogue S and Rogue SL, each with a standard 170-horsepower (167-hp CAL emissions) 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
engine, Nissans advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS). Both S and SL models are available with an intuitive all-wheel drive system with yaw moment control. Rogue also offers a long list of
standard safety features including front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air
bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Aggressive Design and Attitude
Rogues exterior is designed to present an image of modern sophistication both aggressive and sporty. Its sleek, masculine styling includes
dynamically arched forms and powerful rear shoulder lines.
Although people buy small crossover SUVs for their utility, the designers of Rogue sought to create a vehicle that makes you first consider its power,
style and sophistication like a high-end designer briefcase or bag, said Castignetti. All the necessary compartments and storage spaces are there,
they just dont scream utility at you.
Rogue features available Xenon headlights, available power sliding glass moonroof with dark gray glass, and an available roof rail system with
detachable cross bars (accessory).
Rogue is built on Nissans C platform, which provides high body stiffness with extensive use of high-strength steel utilized to reduce body
weight. Rogue features a 105.9-inch wheelbase and 182.9-inch overall length among the longest in class, compared with leading small crossover
competitors providing ample rear seat proportions and one of the longest interior lengths. The body also features large front door openings for easy ingress and egress.
A Driver-Oriented, Ultra-Functional Interior
Rogues interior, like its exterior, is designed to stand out in class with its sophisticated integration of a cockpit-like drivers space and
exceptional utility. The drivers seat position offers excellent visibility, enhanced by an available seat lifter with up to two inches of seat height
adjustability. Rogues instrument panel layout and steering wheel are designed for easy readability and operation while also providing a sporty
look and feel, with reddish-orange illumination and silver gauge surround rings.
An available drive computer (standard on SL) includes displays for distance-to-empty, average fuel consumption, average speed, elapsed time and
outside temperature. Available steering wheel-mounted controls include audio, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and cruise control
(cruise control is standard on all models).
Leather-appointed seating surfaces and heated front seats and mirrors are also available, along with a fold-down front passenger seat (standard on SL)
which allows more than 8.5 feet of front-to-rear cargo space for carrying long items such as wood or ladders. A rear 60/40 split-fold bench seat and
oversize glove box with partition that measures more than half-a-cubic foot in volume are standard. Also available is a highly versatile, dual-level
center console storage with hidden functionality features.
Rogues roomy cargo area has a number of available utility features, including a unique cargo organizer (available on SL only). When needed, the
organizer pops up with a one-touch open button from its hidden space below the flat cargo floor. A portion of the cargo floor snaps into a
vertical position, revealing a flat recessed space with removable, vertical cargo nets. The system helps prevent items such as sports equipment and
grocery bags from rolling loose around the cargo area while driving. Rogue also features a washable, removable tray that fits below the cargo area
floor to hold wet or dirty gear and tools and a rear tonneau cover to keep luggage and other items out of sight. Rogues everyday utility features also
include a variety of cupholders, memo/pen holder, coin holder and cell phone/sunglass holders.
Among the advanced technology features available on Rogue are a Nissan Intelligent Key and a powerful Bose-developed audio system with
7 speakers and subwoofer with MP3 capability and XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately). Also
available is a Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink Universal Transceiver garage door opener and Xenon headlights.
While maintaining its functionality as a family vehicle, Rogues creators also recognized the target buyers desires for a higher level of
acceleration, handling and fun-to-drive attributes than offered by traditional small crossover SUVs. Rogue delivers on this promise with an
advanced drivetrain anchored by its powerful 2.5-liter engine, 4-wheel independent suspension and refined, intuitive All-Wheel Drive system.
Rogues standard QR25DE 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder is rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque (167 hp, 170 lb-ft CAL emissions),
tuned to provide ample torque in the low-to-mid rpm range for smooth, powerful acceleration and quick initial response from a standing start. The
engine features an aluminum block, reduced piston and piston ring friction and increased thermal efficiency (over the previous generation 2.5-liter
engine design), 9.6:1 compression ratio, and large diameter intake port and exhaust manifold.
Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg City/27 mpg Highway for 2-wheel drive models and 21 mpg City/26 mpg Highway for all-wheel drive Rogues.
Every Rogue comes with a standard Nissan Xtronic CVT, combining smooth, linear and responsive acceleration feel with high-efficiency
operation. Rogues CVT utilizes adaptive logic control and a high-speed central processing unit. Its advanced shift control offers the optimal shift
pattern according to the driving situation and drivers demands, using input from driver operation, vehicle speed, road gradient, turning condition and
acceleration force to adjust shifting patterns accordingly. Available paddle shifters provide an added level of sporty performance and driver control.
Rogue is available with an advanced, intuitive All-Wheel Drive system with yaw moment control or front-wheel drive. The system provides stable starts
on dry or slippery roads and excellent all-weather performance and traction. Every Rogue also features standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
with Traction Control System (TCS).
Rogues standard 4-wheel independent suspension provides a balance of ride comfort and driving stability. The front suspension includes
subframe-mounted independent struts with coil springs, high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs, and a stabilizer bar. The rear
independent multi-link suspension includes aluminum-alloy upper links, high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs and stabilizer
bar. The rear suspension design provides maximum luggage space (versus a rear strut design), as well as driving stability.
Responsive steering is provided by an Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS) system. Every Rogue also comes equipped with standard power-assisted front
and rear vented disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Rogue
S models come with 16-inch steel wheels and P215/70R16 tires, while 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/60R17 tires are standard on Rogue SL models.
Standard safety features include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant
classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover
sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection; front seat Active Head Restraints; 3-point front/rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners,
load limiters and adjustable upper anchors for front seating positions and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).
Every Rogue also offers child safety rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone; Nissan Immobilizer
system and anti-theft alarm system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Like all of our Nissan SUVs, including Armada, Pathfinder, Xterra and Murano, Rogue is ready for anything life offers, said
Castignetti. Distinctive style, roominess, ultra-functionality, 27 mpg highway fuel efficiency, exhilarating driving performance and outstanding value Rogue has it all.
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