The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue compact crossover SUV unveiled in June gets a wealth of upscale improvements, including Nissan’s top Platinum trim for the first time, but the powertrain is limited to one engine despite competitors rolling out hybrids, plug-in, and electric variants. 

Powering the 2021 Rogue is an uprated 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft over the 2020 model. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has been tweaked and powers the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.

Using a new “common module family” platform that will be applied to future larger vehicles (such as the forthcoming Nissan Pathfinder) Nissan says the Rogue has shed 100 pounds and that, along with the revised CVT and aerodynamic body elements, as well as lighter-weight aluminum doors,…

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