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Even though the Nissan Rogue has one of the simplest lineups without electrified versions or specialized variants, the Japanese manufacturer's SUV remains popular. However, it's clear that Nissan could attract new enthusiasts by expanding the Rogue lineup, and that's precisely what the Japanese automaker has decided to do.

According to several sources, a Rock Creek version of the Rogue is currently in development. This SUV could cater to a more specialized clientele. Currently, buyers looking for a vehicle with enhanced off-road capabilities have to turn to the Pathfinder, at least in its Rock Creek version. However, the Pathfinder may not be suitable for everyone's budget, and it's also quite large in size.

It was about time

The Nissan Rogue has many admirable qualities, which explain its great popularity. However, what was missing from the Japanese manufacturer's SUV was a version with more specific capabilities, whether it\'s about performance or off-road driving. Nissan has chosen the latter option, and it's a good thing since vehicles specializing in off-road driving are particularly in demand. Almost all of Rogue\'s biggest rivals offer this kind of variant. Just think of the Subaru Forester Wilderness or the Toyota RAV4 Trail.

Of course, until recently, there was little information available about this new version with enhanced off-road capabilities for the Rogue. Nevertheless, it is expected that this version could draw inspiration from what is found on the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek in terms of improvements. Thus, we can expect a raised suspension, all-terrain tires, sturdier wheels, and possibly underbody protection plates for this new Rogue variant. This new Rogue version should also have a more rugged appearance and a palette of natural colors like its big brother.

On the mechanical side, it is expected that the Rogue with enhanced off-road capabilities will be equipped with the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine. Despite its modest displacement, this engine produces 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. However, there is still hope that the power will be increased, similar to the Pathfinder Rock Creek, which gets a few extra horses compared to the other versions.

No launch date has been announced at the moment. However, this is a version that we are eagerly anticipating. Hopefully, the Rogue Rock Creek will arrive at the same time as the 2024 model.

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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