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Nissan on Monday revealed a redesigned version of the Rogue, one of the most popular SUV vehicles in the country.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is set to go on sale this fall, boasting improved safety systems and design inspired by the Nissan X-Motion concept vehicle, which debuted at the 2018 Detroit auto show. 

It's the first redesign for the vehicle since 2014, which was a highly successful makeover that helped the Rogue surpass the Altima as Nissan's most popular model. The Rogue was the third-bestselling SUV in the country in 2019, trailing only the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V, with sales of 350,447 vehicles, according to car buying site CarGurus.com.

"When considering its prior success, the new Rogue will be critical for Nissan and this refresh will likely help the brand gain total share as well as share in the ultra-competitive compact SUV segment," George Augustaitis, director of industry analytics at CarGurus, said in an email.

The bestseller in Nissan's lineup, the Rogue attracts a wide range of buyers. Featuring significant improvements in the back seat for the 2021 model, it's targeted particularly at millennials with kids.

"Although their primary focus is on the comfort and safety of their family, they really want to stand out in the crowd," said Jared Haslam, Nissan's vice president of product planning. "They really want the design to be stylish."

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With a more upright grill, a more horizontal hood and a back end that's more squared off, the Rogue aims for a "stronger stance and presence," Haslam said. 

Nissan will no longer offer a version of the Rogue with a third row starting with the 2021 model year, Haslam said. The company will continue to offer the more compact Rogue Sport.

The automaker is "always considering" an electric or hybrid version of the Rogue but won't offer one right now because it wants to keep the vehicle affordable, he said.

Nissan will release pricing details this fall. The 2020 Rogue ranges in price from about $25,300 to $33,000, according to car research site Edmunds.

Its features include:

  • Heated rear seats.
  • Pretension loaders on the seat belts in the back row, matching the safety feature that's NathanBomey.

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