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Nissan’s Smart Rearview Mirror is Like X-Ray Vision

Engineers have outfitted a Rogue crossover vehicle with this system, which consists of a 1.2 megapixel wide-angle camera and a special LCD screen. Nissan spokesman Steve Diehlman said standard rear-view mirrors provide roughly a 17-degree sight line but, that this system here is a 48-degree field of vision.

Cleverly the camera is mounted inside the vehicle where it peers through the back window. In this location it’s free from dirt and weather, plus the wiper keeps the glass clean, another win. The Rogue’s four other imaging sensors, which provide video feeds for the Around View Monitor, are mounted outside where they’re exposed to nature. Additionally Diehlman said this camera provides “the same perspective you get from a regular rear-view mirror” because it’s mounted at essentially the same height.

Other automakers offer similar mirror-mounted screens, though they’re usually tied in with a vehicle’s backup sensors. You put it in reverse and a small video pops up in the rear-view mirror allowing you to see a bit of what’s behind you. Nissan has taken this idea one step farther by turning the entire mirror into a screen.

In Theory
In normal driving, “It functions just like a regular mirror,” Diehlman said. But by flipping the dimmer switch you can activate the rear-mounted camera. The video feed is then displayed on the entire surface of the mirror giving the driver a broad field of vision.

To make it useful in as many situations as possible Diehlman said, “It auto dims and brightens,” noting that it can adjust in less than two seconds, which is ideal if you’re traveling through a tunnel on a sunny day. He also said, “Headlamp glare at night has been greatly minimized,” as has glare on the mirror’s surface.

Of course drivers can also manually adjust the screen’s brightness, plus they can tilt and zoom the image to get exactly the view they want.

This technology is ideal for situations where aft visibility is hampered. Headrests keep getting bigger and roof pillars fatter, when you throw tall passengers or bulky cargo into the mix your view of things out back can be completely cut off. The Smart Rearview Mirror would be ideal in vehicles like the GT-R or 370Z where sightlines are compromised. Of course Nissan’s NV commercial vans might be an even better application since some of them have no back glass at all.

In Practice
A bundle of helium-filled balloons stuffed in the Rogue’s cargo area completely blocked rearward visibility; it was like trying to see through a brick wall at the bottom of a coal mine around midnight during the winter solstice. But a simple flick of the dimmer switched the rear-mounted camera on and broadcast an unobstructed, wide-angle image right to the mirror.

Of course you can keep it on while you’re driving, though it takes a little getting used to because there are no pillars or hatch components framing the image (or reflections of back-seat passengers), which is something most drivers are probably used to seeing. But after a few miles you adjust and really start to appreciate the unobstructed view.

Another unexpected aspect of the Smart Rearview Mirror is that when the video screen is on, the image doesn’t change as you move the mirror, which at first is a little odd. If you want to make sure you don’t have any broccoli bits between your bicuspids you’ll have to switch the camera off.

Legislation, Confrontation and Availability
As with other electronic features you’d expect the government to throw its two cents in but surprisingly with this system Diehlman said Nissan doesn’t expect the technology to be hampered by government safety regulations. He mentioned that all kinds of regulations apply to exterior mirrors. Because of this he said that replacing them with cameras is a “much more difficult road to travel.”

As for availability Nissan plans to sell the Smart Rearview Mirror in the U.S. within two years. But it won’t be limited to high-end models. Diehlman said, “The goal is to have it offered across the whole line.” Presumably that spans the chasm between the Versa sedan and GT-R supercar.

Before this technology arrives in America it’s “going to be available in Japan this summer on X-Trail and Elgrand,” Diehlman said. Nissan is offering it as a dealer-installed option. It’s priced at 60,000 yen, which is just about $590. They decided to go this route instead of putting it in at the factory because it’s much simpler than making a running change on the assembly line.

For American customers pricing and availability of the Smart Rearview Mirror has not been announced at this time, but Diehlamn said the price will be very reasonable.

As read on: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/nissans-smart-rearview-mirror-is-like-x-ray-vision.html

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2014 Compact SUV Comparison: Nissan Rogue

We’re not going to tell you our 2014 Compact SUV Comparison Test ended up in a six-way tie for 1st, but each member in our gang of six had plenty to recommend it — a happy truth that we discovered during two long days of driving along the desert highways from Irvine, California, to Phoenix, Arizona, and through the mountain roads that constitute “the long way home” from Phoenix back to Irvine. Our group included three segment leaders — the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 — as well as the three new-for-2014 contenders in the field, the Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue.

At $32,395, the 2014 Nissan Rogue SL with all-wheel drive slotted in as the most expensive car in our field, but not by that long a shot overall. And besides, the 2-row Rogue SUV (really, you don’t want the 3rd-row penalty-box option) came lovely and loaded with leather seats, touch-screen navigation, streaming Bluetooth audio and the genius of Nissan’s Around View Monitor — the city dweller’s parking dream come true. Its 170-horsepower 4-cylinder engine was also the group’s EPA fuel-economy leader, sipping just 26 mpg in the city and 33 on the open road.

Some of us loved the Rogue exterior, some loved the Nissan SUV’s interior, but everybody liked both. Likewise, driving the new Rogue posed no challenges whatsoever. While not the most powerful compact SUV available, the Nissan never felt out of place, either on the highway or in the mountains. Its continuously variable transmission played its role in helping to dispense the 4-cylinder engine’s power to all four wheels.

Besides styling, the 2014 Nissan Rogue SUV’s star turn rests in its utility. There’s good room in the second row, made even more useful by split/fold-down seats that slide fore and aft for added comfort and room. In 2-row form, the new Rogue’s generous rear cargo space gets an added boost in smart-design points from its Divide-N-Hide Cargo System. Divide-N-Hide uses removable floor panels to both give you access to extra storage beneath the panels and — more to the innovative-design point — use the panels to create a second tier of storage space above the floor. In the end, stylish design and features like this are what made the Rogue the coolest compact SUV in our group.

As read on: http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/2014-compact-suv-comparison-nissan-rogue/2000010642/?scid=social_car_reviews23388164

Nissan Takes 2014 Rogue Shoppers on Cinematic “Detour” with New Google Maps-Based Virtual Test Drive

NASHVILLE – Nissan today launched “The Detour,” an exciting virtual driving adventure in support of the ongoing rollout of the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue compact SUV. Available now at nissanusa.com/the-detour, The Detour utilizes Google® Street View, Google® Maps and Google® Satellite API – along with Hollywood-style digital effects and a soundtrack from recording artist M.I.A. – to create a custom test drive experience starting from anywhere around the world.

“Recent studies show that new car buyers today spend nearly twice as much time researching their purchases online than at dealerships – more clicking than kicking the tires, so to speak. So why not bring the two together with an informative and enjoyable test drive in buyers’ own neighborhoods?” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Nissan Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new Rogue is off to an amazing start since it was introduced last fall and we expect The Detour to direct a lot of traffic from the website straight to local Nissan dealerships.”

The Detour was created by Critical Mass, Nissan’s lead digital agency, and brings together software from Google®, the talents of Academy Award-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, digital production and creative technology from Unit9, and digital effects from Digital Domain/Mothership, an Academy Award-winning digital production company. Together, the partners solved the tricky technical challenges of rendering a photo-real vehicle in real-time as commuters travel their personalized routes and more. The virtual test drive’s soundtrack, worthy of a blockbuster trailer, features M.I.A.’s new single “YALA,” which is available for download on NissanUSA.com.

Critical Mass Executive Creative Director Steve Savic explained, “Since driving the new Nissan Rogue is so exciting, we put people in the action by allowing them to take a drive on their very own street. But we couldn’t shoot the car on every road in the world, so we turned to Google® Street View to give us our set. Working on ‘The Detour’ was like creating an action scene on the most unconventional location ever.”

Optimized for desktops, tablets and smartphones, the virtual test drivers start their cinematic action-adventure by entering their point of origin and destination address or using their current location from the browser settings.

From the driveway to the interstate highways, there are an infinite number of journeys to experience from the driver’s seat of the Rogue. At the end of each drive, users can find their local dealership and schedule a test drive, download the soundtrack on NissanUSA.com, or invite people to try it out by sharing the site and using the hashtag #TakeTheDetour.

For tablet and smartphone users, one swipe of the finger launches the Rogue into mid-air, all based on the user’s current location. To explore further, the site offers some pre-programmed routes around familiar U.S. destinations such as Chicago, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and South Florida.

The Detour experience will be supplemented by an online media buy, including homepage takeovers on MSN and Yahoo! and promotion on Nissan’s social media channels.

As read on: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-takes-2014-rogue-shoppers-on-cinematic-detour-with-new-google-maps-based-virtual-test-drive

Nissan Rogue adds third row for 2014

Nissan unveiled the grown-up-looking Rogue SUV at the Frankfurt motor show on Tuesday. The second-best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup will sticker for $23,350 when it goes on sale in November.

Every Rogue will come with Nissan’s 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The company’s continuously variable transmission is also standard, as are four-wheel disc brakes. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. The Rogue rides on the jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family platform architecture, scheduled to be offered in 190 countries.

“There is growing demand for compact SUVs around the world due to their user-friendly combination of right-sized exteriors, flexible interior utility and low environmental impact,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president of sales and marketing, Nissan North America. “By sharing development costs, while adapting powertrains, designs and equipment offerings for each specific region, Nissan has been able to add features and technologies while keeping prices affordable.”

For 2014 the Rogue will offer three-row, seven-passenger seating as well as the “Divide and Hide” cargo system that provides 18 different variations between cargo and passenger space.

Optional extras include navigation, Nissan’s Around View monitor, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning.

Fuel economy is rated at 33 mph highway for front-wheel drive models, which is an 18 percent improvement over last year. The base all-wheel-drive Rogue costs $24,700, and the most expensive model will sticker for $30,280.

As read on: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/post–nissan-rogue-adds-third-row-for-2014

The Nissan Rogue, More Car than SUV

By Nikki McLaughlin

The new Nissan Rogue is one of Nissan’s newer SUV models. However, to the surprise of many SUV owners, after driving the Rogue, it seems to be more car than SUV. With the Rogue, the evolution of the car-based SUV seems to have hit an all time high! It’s mostly car, but does seem to retain plenty of the utility of a SUV.

It rides like a car, very smooth and comfortable. It handles like a car, taking curves with well-controlled lean. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds which is an amazing accomplishment considering its four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. The 2.5L churns out 170 horsepower and drives the front-wheels. All-wheel drive is available for mainly on-road usage.

The Rogue also comes nicely equipped for the driver, the lightly bolstered seats are high for a good driving position, and the radio has only one round knob not two. It also has two large, truck-like, side view mirrors. Don’t forget the ample passenger space and the large luggage storage that makes this SUV perfect for everyday driving or long distance travel.

The four-wheel disc brakes are anti-locking to go with vehicle dynamic control.

This SUV also comes competitively priced starting around $21,000 but not skimping on the equipment. The base model comes standard with tilt steering column, cruise control, A/C, trip computer and what Nissan calls “Mood Lighting.”

Even the premium package won’t break your budget, at $25,400 you add an amazing sound system, fog lights, built in navigation system, and audio controls on the steering wheel. There is pre-wiring for a towing hitch, but the maximum weight is only 1,500 pounds, which is still not bad for all the other great features you are getting.

Don’t forget one of the highest fuel economy ratings for an SUV at 22 city and 27 highway, except for when towing.

Now you can have the best of both worlds, and SUV for extra interior room plus all your utility needs, and the benefit of higher fuel economy and sharper handling for everyday city driving. Nissan has really out done themselves on this one of a kind SUV!