Here's an early look at the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue spotted in fairly extensive camouflage while out on a shakedown run in the Southwestern U.S. Set to go on sale here late this year, Nissan's compact crossover SUV will be built in America at the automaker's production facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. Redesigned to more effectively face off against prime rivals like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 - all of them redesigned for 2013 -- the new Rogue also will be one of the first vehicles to be spun from Renault-Nissan's new Common Module Family platform architecture, a flexible foundation that will underpin a wide variety of future compact to large-size offerings from both automakers until the end of the decade.
While its full body cover-up does mask a fair number of the 2014 Rogue's finer details, they can't hide the fact that this new and slightly larger 5-passenger hauler bears a solid resemblance to the Nissan Hi-Cross Concept (also pictured) that was revealed at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. As for potential powertains, speculation ranges from the fitment of a 1.2-liter supercharged gasoline engine to a 1.6-liter turbodiesel and even a gas/electric plug-in hybrid that could come in 2015. For the moment, the most likely scenario for the U.S. points to a switch from the Rogue's existing 2.5-liter/170-horsepower 4-cylinder to the 182-horse 4-cylinder of the same displacement currently used in the Altima -- a vehicle also built in Smyrna. Whatever engine does appear under the 2014 Rogue's hood, it's almost certain to be teamed with a CVT automatic transmission in both the standard front-drive and optional all-wheel drive configurations.
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