2021 Nissan Rogue Spy Shots Reveal Juke-Like Face, Display-Rich Interior

The all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue returns for a new set of spy shots, this time wearing a completely different camouflage and offering us our first look at its interior.

The last time we saw the 2021 Rogue undergoing testing, it featured black and white camouflage tape glued to the body whereas in these new photos it features a more loosely fit black camo of the car cover kind. This is good, actually, as it allows us the best look yet at the upcoming Rogue’s front end.

The similarity with the all-new Juke is striking, with the new Rogue adopting the latest iteration of the V-Motion grille that reaches deeper towards the bumper, a lower grille that also reminds of the subcompact model, and split headlights.

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Mind you, while the LED DRL bars placed on top seem to retain the same look as those on the 2020 Juke, the main headlamp units appear to adopt a rectangular shape instead of a round one — unless Nissan is still hiding their true design and those are just decoys.

The 2021 Rogue also appears more dynamic seen from the side thanks to the beltline that rises towards the rear and the gently sloping roofline. We can also spot bulged wheel arches but only at the front, probably due to this being a prototype with some parts left out, intentionally or not.

At the back, the liftgate glass seems big enough, so rear visibility shouldn’t be an issue. The roof spoiler is more substantial than before and embraces the rear screen on each side, while the taillights adopt a more horizontal layout. Overall, the 2021 Rogue appears sportier on the outside than its predecessor.

Our photographers managed to snap the interior as well, revealing a high-tech dashboard with a fully-digital instrument panel and a massive central touchscreen with physical knobs and buttons underneath. Also visible is the short and thick electronic shifter that follows the latest industry trend, while the chunky center tunnel also features a rotary dial which, we presume, is for the infotainment system.

While it’s too early to tell whether the new Rogue, which is expected sometime next year as a 2021 model, will gain a new engine or will carry on with the 170 HP 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit of the current model, a CVT gearbox looks like a safe bet. A comprehensive safety tech update should also be present.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Jason Panamera

    So now everyone gonna have sticking out screen.

    • PK

      well yeah, where have you been all this time? lol

      • Jason Panamera

        Sitting in my closet and hoping that gloss black plastic, fake exhaust and sticking out touch screens won’t be in every new model.

        • PK


  • WalthamDan

    I like that Nissan is finally returning to the use of a normal looking front grille.

    But why do they have to imitate Hyundai with the front lighting design? That look on Hyundais has aged rapidly. I’m surprised Nissan chose to go down this path with their high volume product. Look forward to seeing the final design unveiled.

    • DetrinKD

      You realize it was Nissan that brought the whole split headlight design to the mainstream with the first gen Juke, right? Since then, a lot of other manufacturers have incorporated that design cue into their SUVs.

      • Actually Pontiac did it first with with the aztek. Surprised so many people don’t know this as the the aztek most of the time is called out for it’s ugliness , lol.

        • DetrinKD

          Hahaha, you are indeed correct. In all fairness, I think people may intentionally try to forget the existence of the Aztek.

    • MarkoS

      Not sure they are imitating anything other than a modern SUV.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Anything would be an improvement over the current Rogue.


      hi swinger

  • DetrinKD

    I’m not 100% sure about what can be seen of those headlights, but those aside, from what I can see it does look more sporty and taut. The overall good proportions shine through all of the camo. Interior seems to be introducing some new bits. Was expecting it to share a lot with the Altima. I like that shifter and the digi-dash. Cringe at the piano black buttons.

    And these spy pics are so obviously staged. I love the hand going to pull the cover over the screen but pauses just long enough to get some pretty close and sharp images of the screen! Lol.

  • MarkoS

    Juke? Not so much. Looks like it is maturing to me. I am not sure where this leaves the Pathfinder, a larger 3-row or perhaps it will move back to the Frontier platform again.

  • DetrinKD

    Yes, It desperately needs to be redesigned.

    • :/ Yurr

      Yea true the new Sentra should be coming out as well.

  • Chris Van Der Merwe

    But it will be killed with its awful engine + CVT combo.

    • ThatGuy

      Chris i agree, but it seems there is a glimmer of hope the new Juke came the Renault EDC system, i assume, and this is a big one that the rogue will come with the EDC as well. The CVT from Nissan owned JATCO has put them in a tight spot because it is so unreliable.

      They might, this is based on my opinion move all cars to the EDC gear boxes moving forward to mitigate the horrendous disaster they caused with forcing the CVT.

      As for engines i can see the 2.5L moving over for the 4×4 versions, and the 1.3T and their 2.0 and 1.7 diesel respectively moved into this vehicle.

      But for me in this day and age i would have added a detuned 1.6t from the clio RS to this vehicle as the 1.3T wont cut the mustard.

  • :/ Yurr

    Okay Nissan now we talking ?

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    does it share platform with the new mitsubishi outlander this time?

  • SteersUright

    Hope Nissan can get it together with really good CUV’s so we can finally see a new GTR and Z and other exciting cars we know they can make.

  • Paul

    It looks more promising than the shots that showed up a bit ago of it. I’m still not keen on these stand up screens but that doesn’t look all that bad. I just hope they don’t butcher the front design by going too overboard in the current design language.

  • Quinton

    I like how Nissan just put the car in a black trash bag instead of wrapping it in actual camo.

  • dtd

    Nissan should add the 2.0l turbo engine and 7G auto-trans instead of CVT, then it will sell like hot cake.

    • Tori

      It already sells like hotcakes. A change in engine will just curry more favor with car review vloggers and sites sites since their favorite pastime appears to be complaining about CVT. One thing the Rogue needs zero help in is selling.

  • João Moura

    So… basically a renault in disguise! Nice 😛

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

    Another ugly multi-headlamp creature roaming the earth. Enuff with Jeep’s 2015 Cherokee front fascias!


      Fords are ugly asf

      • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

        Yet outsold every brand in America

  • Tori

    Ugh! Is that a digital speedometer? Hope the analog is still an option on the display.

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