Even though there is an all-new version of the Rouge – known in Europe as the X-Trail – in the pipeline, Nissan decided to continue selling the old model in America. But to avoid any confusion between the two, the old one will be known as the Nissan Rogue Select.
Now, one may wonder why they should buy the old model when there is a new model coming. The simple answer to that question is the starting price of the Select model, which is under $20,000. The logic behind this decision is that the Rouge is currently second-highest seller in Nissan’s lineup. Why would they stop selling it?
In 2012 Nissan shifted 142,349 units of the Rogue in the U.S., while in 2013 sales have increased 16% through August. Customers seem to be responding well to a well-priced, well-equipped crossover, even if it looks a bit sorry for itself.
The new Rogue looks a lot better and will feature tons of new technologies. But it will also be quite a bit more expensive. The all-new Rogue will be assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., while the current-generation vehicle is built in Kyushu, Japan, where Rogue Select will also be assembled.
Pricing and specs of the Nissan Rogue Select will be announced closer to launch.