All-New 2021 Nissan Rogue Adds New Platinum Grade, Technology

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue. Credit: Nissan.
It’s one of the best-selling compact crossovers in America and later this year, an all-new Nissan Rogue will hit the road with new looks, features and technology, in hopes of continuing its compact crossover success. The new 2021 Rogue rides on an all-new platform, with new convenience and driver assist features along with the Rogue’s first available tri-zone climate control system, head-up display and motion-activated liftgate.

New Platinum Trim

The Rogue also adds a new top of the line Platinum grade for 2021. It sits above the S, SV and SL trims. The Platinum come with a host of goodies including quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seating, a 12.3-inch Digital Dashboard meter display, a head-up display, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, wireless charging pad, ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, Bose Premium Audio System, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation and more.


Built on a new platform, the 2021 Rogue adopts signature Nissan design elements such as the floating roof and an evolved V-motion grille. It features a new headlight shape and "U-shape" bodyside highlights. New multi-level LED headlights with an expanded illumination area are standard on all 2021 Rogue grade levels. LED fog lights are standard on SL and Platinum grades.

It’s slightly shorter and lower to the ground than the previous generation model. Key aerodynamic features include "3D" tire deflectors in the lower front fascia, an active grille shutter to control air flow into the engine compartment, special A-pillar shaping, underbody covers to manage air flow under the vehicle and a unique "air curtain" that precisely directs air flow from the front to the sides of the Rogue.

The 2021 Rogue will be offered in a wide range of color combinations, including – for the first time – five two-tone combinations.


The interior of the 2021 Rogue certainly impresses in its photos. Leather-appointed seating is standard on Rogue SL, with quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seating standard on the new Platinum grade. Front and rear Nissan Zero Gravity seats provide comfortable support whether the destination is close or far away. There are available heated front and rear seats, along with a heated steering wheel.

A new electronic shifter design allows for more storage space under the new "floating" center console. A new "butterfly" opening front center console allows for easy "pass-back" access to the second row.

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue

Credit: Nissan

Three-high tech displays are available in the 2021 Rogue. A new full-color 10.8-inch head-up display, a 12.3-inch "Digital Dashboard" gauge cluster and large, floating 9.0-inch touch screen (a 7-inch screen is standard.) Nissan says it’s improved the screen’s graphics and image quality. It houses a RearView Monitor and an enhanced Intelligent Around View® Monitor.

This is also the first Rogue to offer tri-zone climate Tri-Zone Climate Control so rear seat occupants can control their own temperature. Pull-up sunshades are also available.


Utility takes a step forward as well. Nissan says the rear doors themselves are extra-wide. They open nearly 90 degrees to make it easier to get a child seat in or out. Nissan says the rear seat offers flexible and convenient child seat installation in all three seating positions.

A split one-touch fold-down seat with an available remote fold feature provides versatile cargo capability. You’ll now be able to opt for an available motion-activated tailgate, which is a great family feature. In the cargo area, the Rogue's redesigned Divide-n-Hide system can help you hide your things from would-be thieves. There is also an area for wider groceries items.


The 2021 Rogue offers available wireless Apple CarPlay, (available shortly after launch.) along with Google Maps and Waze along with voice recognition. There is also a newly available wireless charger on the center console, which also houses both USB Type-C and Type-A charging ports.

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue

Credit: Nissan

Other New Features

New for 2021, you can now unlock the rear doors with a press of a button on the door handle using the available Nissan Intelligent Key. Also, with the available Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control, parents can heat or cool the interior before placing a young child in a cold or hot vehicle.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 and Enhanced ProPilot Assist

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard across the entire lineup and includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. It will also offer Driver Alertness technology and Rear Door Alert as standard equipment on all grades. Blind Spot Intervention and Traffic Sign Recognition are also available.

Intelligent Cruise Control is included as part of the available ProPILOT Assist system. ProPILOT Assist is a hands-on, driver-assist technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. It combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway.

Introducing Propilot Assist with Navi-Link

For 2021, enhanced ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link is standard on Rogue Platinum and available on Rogue SL bringing several new features. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan's Door-to-Door Navigation System, the navigation map data can now provide the ability to proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help the driver slow for freeway exits.

Additionally, the hold time in stop-and-go highway traffic changes from the previous three seconds to up to 30 seconds (for vehicles with ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link only) – allowing the vehicle to remain stopped and automatically continue without the driver resetting the function or tapping the accelerator pedal. Finally, using traffic sign recognition, the system can also automatically update the vehicle's speed when the speed limit goes up or down.


Look for the 2021 Rogue in CarProUSA Certified Nissan dealers this coming fall.

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue

Credit: Nissan

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