Detroit Auto Show Preview: Nissan Rolls Out A Roguish Mini-Murano For 2008

During the hell that was automakers' holiday parties (we can't quite shake the recurring nightmare of being eaten like a loin-burger by a 50-foot-tall Bob Lutz) — one brief respite was Nissan's embargoed event/holiday "blowout" to show off its new ute, the Rogue (nee Qashqai in Europe). Unlike the more pedestrian Big Three parties, Nissan threw down with a laser light show featuring pixelated pics of the Rogue with The Beatles' greatest hits playing in the background. While Nissan's newest is no sous-marin jaune, the Japanese side of Ghosn's cross-continental alliance sure had a unique way to show it off. Which is good, because what can you say about a Murano mini-me with two trim levels and a 2.5-liter four-banger with CVT. Frankly, given the catchy name and the pre-release marketing we were hoping for something more like a Rogue-R Spec-V. Gallery below and the full press release after the jump.

Detroit Auto Show Preview: Nissan Rolls Out A Roguish Mini-Murano For 2008

At a Glance: 2008 Nissan Rogue Crossover SUV

The new 2008 Nissan Rogue, which makes its world debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is designed to add a new dimension to the crossover utility segment - satisfying both the functional needs of the buyer and his emotional needs.

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 crossover SUVs.

The 2008 Nissan Rogue will be available in two models, Rogue S and Rogue SL, each with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). An all-new all-wheel drive system with yaw moment control is also available on both S and SL models.

Rogue's refined interior includes a driver-oriented cockpit, available leather-appointed seating surfaces and a fold-flat front passenger's seat. Utility is furthered by numerous convenient storage and ultra-functionality features, including an oversized partitioned glove box, a large dual-level center console and an innovative rear cargo organizer. Available technology features include Intelligent Key, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, satellite radio and a powerful Bose -developed audio system with AUX input and MP3 playback.

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 for front and rear outboard occupants.

The 2008 Rogue is scheduled to go on sale in September 2007 at Nissan dealers nationwide.
Highlights of the 2008 Nissan Rogue include:

Body
Aggressive, performance-oriented styling that redefines the small utility with a sleek and dynamic silhouette, crisp key lines, seamless surfaces and aggressive, wheel-oriented body
Available roof rail system with detachable cross bars (accessory)
Available power sliding glass sunroof
Available Xenon headlights and halogen fog lamps

Platform and Powertrain
Nissan "C" platform, front-engine/front-wheel drive
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque
Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with adaptive logic control, high-speed CPU
Available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
Available all-new all-wheel drive system with yaw moment control or front-wheel drive
Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)

Suspension, Steering and Braking
High-caster front independent-strut suspension with large diameter stabilizer bar and high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs
Rear multi-link independent suspension with high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs
Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS)
Available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
225/60R17 or 215/70R16 all-season tires
Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)

Interior Features
Available leather-appointed seats, steering wheel and shifter knob
Available fold-flat front passenger seat
Available heated front seats and outside mirrors
Available Intelligent Key
Standard AM/FM/CD 2DIN Audio system and available Bose -developed audio system with 6CD in-dash changer, 7 speakers and subwoofer with MP3 capability and satellite radio
Available Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System
Rear 60/40 split-fold bench seat
Versatile dual-level center console storage with hidden functionality features including two cup holders and 12V power point
Oversize glove box with partition
Available easy-to-clean, detachable, one-touch foldable cargo organizer to prevent cargo from shifting while driving
Available multi-display trip computer
Standard keyless entry system
Available HomeLink Universal Transceiver

Safety and Security
Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone
Standard Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front air bags and occupant classification system for the front passenger seat)
Standard front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupants with roll-over detection
Standard front seat Active Head Restraints for head and neck protection in rear impacts
Standard 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; pre-tensioners with load limiters for front seating positions
Standard LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
Standard child safety rear door locks
Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Standard Nissan Immobilizer system and anti-theft alarm system

Models and Manufacturing
Offered in two well-equipped models: Rogue S and Rogue SL in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive configurations
Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in Kyushu, Japan

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