The 2011 Nissan Rogue gets its first mini-makeover since joining the automaker's lineup in the 2008 season. This comprehensive upgrading program adds a bit more edge to the appearance of this compact crossover and brings a host of new comfort/convenience features as well as modest gains in operating efficiency. Nissan also reshuffled the model lineup for 2011 to include the Rogue S, a new value-oriented SV trim, and the sporty Rogue S Krom Edition.

All versions of the 2011 Nissan Rogue boast a revamped front fascia and grille treatment, new front/rear spoilers, better-integrated tire deflectors and an extra helping of brightwork accent bits. The even more aggressively styled Rogue S Krom Edition also gains new 18-inch polished-alloy wheels, which are included in the optional SL Package, as well. Also new for 2011 are low-rolling-resistance tires -- but only on the SV's 17-inch alloys -- and an aero-enhancing underbody cover that helps bump the Rogue's projected EPA fuel economy numbers by one mpg in the City mode for front-drive models and by an equal amount on the highway for all-wheel drive versions. As in 2010, a 2.5-liter/170-horsepower inline-four matched with Nissan's Xtronic CVT continuously variable automatic will be found under the hood of all Rogue models, regardless of drivetrain configuration.

Raising the coefficient of charm

Inside, the Rogue updating regimen brings a new and more sophisticated look to the gauge panel and center cluster while adding a trip computer and standard iPod connectivity to its spacious cabin that can seat five or carry up to 57.8 cu.-ft. of cargo. The 2011 S gets upgraded seat fabric and mood lighting as well as standard iPod connectivity while the SV sweetens that mix by adding both a RearView Monitor and a new 4.3-inch color display audio system with USB interface plus a six-way power driver's seat.

In addition to introducing automatic climate control to the Rogue's option list (included in the SV's optional Premium and SL Packages), the 2011 redo also marks the first time that the automaker will offer its SD-card based Nissan Navigation System with a 5.0-inch color touch screen display and XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information (subscription required) on the Rogue. It, too, will be part of the Premium Package and SL Package. The latter group also nets leather seating, Bose premium audio, xenon headlamps, heated front seats/mirrors and a power moonroof.

The 2011 Nissan Rogue is due in dealers on August 13. No official pricing information has been released, but the window is likely to remain near the 2010 level, which runs from $21,260 for a front-drive S to $26,100 for an all-wheel drive Krom Edition.

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