2021 Nissan Rogue Expected Performance Specs

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A. Suresh

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June 02, 2020 at 11:44 AM

Nissan’s trusted player in the game is set to enter its third generation. After a long arduous career with no major updates along the way, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is set to bring about a trendsetting culture in the crossover segment. With a slightly bumped-up powertrain and a third-row seating arrangement, let’s dive in further and see if the 2021 Rogue is praise-worthy of all these changes.

The current 2020 Nissan Rogue which is in its second generation is by far unarguably the car which has brought Nissan where it is today and that gives Nissan a wider appeal throughout the American masses. The current-gen Rogue although still bland in a few of its recognizable traits, still acquires astonishing sales numbers in the crossover segment. We do believe that this will be carried forward for the year 2021. The 2021 Nissan Rogue may even draw a fine line between Sportiness and a luxury crossover, which was direly missing in the 2020 model year. If you overlook the ordinary badge on the front, Nissan is confident enough to provide you with an experience so far-fetched from its premium packaged 2021 Rogue, that it certainly sets it apart from the rest of the competition.

Come the year 2021, Rogue will be in its third generation, and everything will be swapped with a better version, they even stretched out the dimensions a bit, to fit in a third row. The addition of a few gimmicks up-front in its performance area gives it much more character and adds more spice to the earlier monotonous ride quality.

Engine and Transmission

The Engine and transmission specs are not known at this point, but according to various other un-named reports circulating the Automotive sector, it is to be believed, that Nissan might finally equip the Rogue with a turbocharger, although if Nissan sticks with the CVT transmission moving on, is not completely clear. If rumors are to believed, it will hold a 2.5L turbocharger which might punch out a maximum of 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The scaled-up engine does well in terms of delivering higher power and torque figures than its outgoing version. This is the first major power surge the Rogue has seen since its debut a decade ago. Furthermore, with the inclusion of a hybrid powertrain later on this year, you may very well expect it to show up as an option for the 2021 model year as well. Needless to say, if this performs quite well, it makes it one of the most sought after crossovers in the market


2021 Nissan Rogue (Expected)

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport







2.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L SKYACTIV-G Naturally Aspirated Inline-







XTronic CVT

8-speed shiftable automatic


6-speed shiftable automatic


180 hp @ 6,000 rpm

184 hp @ 4,400 rpm

190 hp @ 6,400 rpm

187 hp @ 6,000 rpm


175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

221 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

179 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

The performance-oriented Mazda CX-5 with its 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine might continue to appeal to its audience with its devilish attitude and class-leading performance figures. The Honda CR-V has the same engine as the Mazda but fails to catch up to it because of its senseless CVT.


0-60 MPH dash in the 2021 Nissan Rogue may very well come under a generous 9 seconds. Generous, because it is meant to be seen as a typical family crossover, rather than a car they use for NASCAR. With the onset of a turbocharged unit, it is set to have more than enough oomph for quick overtakes. Also, the 2.5L turbocharger is much more responsive than the Naturally Aspirated 2.5L engine. Nevertheless, don’t forget that this being a crossover, the acceleration would be sluggish at best, and certainly don’t go about expecting around it to catch up to highway speeds so easily, as it won’t. Although one thing is for sure, with the onset of a turbocharger, one can expect Nissan to clearly focus on the performance aspect, rather than on the fuel-efficiency part in the 2021 Rogue unlike on the 2020 Rogue.


2021 Nissan Rogue (Expected)

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

2020 Honda CR-V LX

2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

0-60 MPH 

Under 9 seconds

9.7 sec

9.3 sec

8.7 sec

Quater mile

>16 sec

17.3 sec

16.0 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed

120 MPH

133 MPH

127 MPH

130 MPH


2.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L SKYACTIV-G Naturally Aspirated Inline-

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 may very well be the quickest crossover in this price range, as the Rogue is far from it, owing to the addition of a third-row seat in the back. VW Tiguan, on the other hand, is the slowest of the lot, because it carries in so much heft, unlike the rest. It also has the maximum top-speed in this segment. Apart from the VW, in terms of performance not much separates the 2021 Rogue and the CR-V.

Ride and Handling

Giving the crossover a slight bump in power figures and engine refinement is certainly a start in terms of driving dynamics. The 2020 Nissan Rogue wasn’t bad either, as it was a joy to pitch the Rogue into corners at extreme speeds. The independent rear link suspension might carry forward to 2021, which needless to say will provide you with the smoothest of rides that gulp in all the imperfect road undulations. Flat-bottom steering wheel from spy shots is a welcoming treat that has yet not been seen in a Nissan before and is sure to be crisp and responsive in its function too. Also, a new-age shifter and the driving modes are completely new for the 2021 model. Now, the big change comes in the form of its dimensions, as 2020 Rogue was compact at best, the 2021 Rogue, with the reportedly newly introduced third-row might pave the way for a bigger crossover. This, in turn, will affect its agility and its advantage to cruise through narrow jam-packed city streets. Customers can still choose from the option of FWD and the efficient AWD setup, to let the 2021 Rogue loose on any terrain they see fit.

Come the year 2021, we believe that not many crossovers could match the fun-filled driving experience of the Rogue.

Final Verdict

The fight is far from over as if there is one car that can manage to take Nissan to the top of the Automotive sector rankings, it is the 2021 Rogue. Nissan may not expunge about any major changes from the 2020 model, rather than just add in a few new changes to the Rogue, which is a good thing. So do expect a variety of changes and rumors on the upcoming crossover in its third generation for the next few months until its final launch somewhere around the fall of 2021. 

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