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Model Showcase: 2022 Nissan Rogue

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Feb. 24, 2022—It's the most popular model made by Nissan, selling 285,602 units in 2021, according to Car and Driver.

No, it's not the Frontier, though it is notable that the company finally refreshed the small pickup after a 16-year run of the same model generation. This is about the Nissan Rogue, the compact SUV in that egg-ish shape that everybody likes. For 2022, Nissan not only pepped up the looks of the Rogue, but there's a new engine beneath the hood, too.

Let's take a closer look at the updates for this model year.

Peppy Powertrain

As mentioned, the engine is new for the 2022 model. It's smaller and, according to the company, more powerful than the older 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

The new model has a 1.5-liter variable compression turbo four-cylinder power plant. For emissions hawks, that means a more fuel-efficient SUV at 33 mpg combined. Nissan says the power numbers are 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque, which are also improvements on the previous engine.

The new engine is one result of some $1.23 billion that has been invested in U.S. manufacturing. This engine is produced at the Decherd, Tenn., plant.

"The VC-Turbo is the most advanced engine Nissan has ever produced in the U.S.," said Steve Marsh, senior vice president, manufacturing and supply chain management, in a press release. "With the new Rogue engine, the Decherd team will continue to deliver top quality powertrains that provide the thrilling driving experience Nissan customers expect from our vehicles."

Variable compression turbocharging first appeared in a 2019 Infiniti QX50 and a 2019 Nissan Altima. The company says that it provides smooth and strong acceleration and an eco-friendly efficiency rating.

Some additional notes from Nissan:

"A new high-pressure fuel injection system helps enhance acceleration, as does the stainless mirror-bore cylinder-wall coating. New textured valve lifters reduce friction and improve overall engine efficiency while a vacuum low-pressure die-cast cylinder head improves engine cooling. In addition, the 2022 Rogue features a new engine mounting system that uses two lower torque rods to enhance engine vibration isolation with high torque support."

The engine in the new Rogue is paired with an Xtronic CVT for both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models.

Tech and Safety

Nissan's ADAS package, Safety Shield 360, is standard across trim levels. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking and more. The company says all trims also come with driver alertness technology and rear door alert.

There is an available package called ProPILOT, which includes ADAS features like blind spot intervention, traffic signal recognition, and intelligent cruise control. Using connected technology branded as Navi-link, a Rogue can "proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions" and provide deceleration and steering assist when other vehicles cut into your lane.

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