The Japanese brand will soon start selling its 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom Edition compact city crossover. Known in Europe as Nissan Qashqai, the compact SUV is quite popular there thanks to a nice combination of small exterior that makes it fairly easy to park without losing too much paint on bumpers even in busy cities like Paris and London, adequate fuel economy with proportionally low carbon footprint, and, relatively low price and cost of ownership.
American customers on the other hand seem to be more interested in looks and mythical “value”, and, in order to get more attention to its recent offering, the Japanese car manufacturer decided to offer a “limited edition” of the vehicle that gives you a set of the most popular upscale features in a single package that (this is my guest based on the way other players operate) may actually be less expensive than the same parts offered separately (or, to be more correct, ordered as parts of different packages that are separated into different categories since Nissan, like many other Japanese and Korean manufacturers, is very reluctant to let their customers to personalize their future cars on a piece-by-piece basis and adding a whole “technology package” just to put into your relatively affordable car a multimedia system with LCD display sometimes may be quite painful from the financial perspective.)
As you can see on the photos, the limited edition version of the car will be available with new, more expensive-looking polished 17-inch wheels wrapped in a set of P225/60R Continental Conti 4?4 Contact tires, sportier exhaust system with a center-exit tailpipe and a new front fascia. With the car being motivated by an underwhelming 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the exterior enhancement look a bit overkill, but, well, if you are more interested in how you look while cruising around the neighborhood to a grocery store, this is perfectly okay.
Although the alloy wheels with their complex shape may be a great deal more difficult to clean (and they may also be more susceptible to wet snow and ice clogging the space between spokes putting the off-balance and leading to very unpleasant vibrations at higher speeds), they look quite nice or, at least, a great deal better that come with a stock 2008 Nissan Rogue SL.
While its spec.ed. two-bar grille certainly looks better than the normal one, the new two-piece front bumper and over-sized front fenders leave dubious impression. I mean, the car now looks like it came out from an underground chop shop.
According to Nissan, the car will be available in three colors, Venom Red, Wicked Black and Gotham Gray and will sell in either front- or all-wheel-drive. It will officially go on sale sometime in December this year.
As for the interior, it’s not that bad either with the car now featuring a nice stereo system with MP3 playback, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth hands-free and, of course, an active sub-woofer in the trunk. What else would you want? A bottle of champaign?
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2010 Nissan Rogue Krom Edition high resolution photo: