Woman at the Wheel - Nissan Rogue
Valencia Mohammed | 1/23/2009, 4:03 p.m.
The Nissan Rogue Aggressive Design and Attitude
The 2008 Nissan Rogue is designed to add a new dimension to the small crossover utility segment €" satisfying both the functional needs of the buyer and their emotional needs. €The Rogue name was chosen to reflect its independence-oriented positioning, though we certainly believe that all buyers, regardless of age or life stage, will positively respond to Rogue€s fun-to-drive, all-climate performance and aggressive styling.€
Rogue€s aggressive, performance-oriented styling, powerful engine, responsive handling and driver-focused cockpit combine with its thoughtful everyday utility to create a vehicle that shifts the way buyers, especially younger buyers, think about small crossovers.
€With Rogue, we€ve targeted drivers in their early 30s, whose responsibilities and functional needs have changed but who don€t want to leave behind the person they€ve always been €" someone who enjoys driving, who values style and design, and who wants to retain his or her individuality,€ said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.
As Nissan€s first entry into the crowded small crossover SUV field, Rogue also offers a long list of standard safety features €" including front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags.
The Rogue€s 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, with its functionality a little more stealthy €" like a high-end designer briefcase or bag,€ said Bosley. €All the necessary compartments and storage spaces are there, they just don€t 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€s interior, like its exterior, is designed to stand out in class with its sophisticated integration of a cockpit-like driver€s space and exceptional utility. The driver€s seat position offers excellent visibility, enhanced by an available seat lifter with up to two inches of seat height adjustability.
Among the advanced technology features available on Rogue are an intelligent key and a powerful Bose-developed audio system with seven speakers and subwoofer with MP3 capability and satellite radio. 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, Rogue offers an advanced drivetrain anchored by its powerful 2.5-liter engine, 4-wheel independent suspension and refined, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system.Rogue is available with front-wheel drive or an advanced, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system with yaw moment control.
The manufacturer€s suggested retail price is $19,430. The 2008 Nissan Rogue offers 22 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for two-wheel drive models and 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for all-wheel drive.