That’s no moon, it’s a Nissan

Nissan just joined the growing list of brands taking part in the tie-in fest currently underway for the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. To help promote the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Nissan will build a limited number of special edition Star Wars’d Rogue crossovers for U.S. and Canadian super fans who crave a little bit of the Force in their drive.

Exact details on pricing and availability are still forthcoming, with full disclosure slated for the LA Auto Show next month. In fact, we don’t even know what this special Star Wars Rogue will look like beyond the addition of special badging, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna guess.

How about some ionization reactor-powered hyperdrive units in the rear, quad laser packs on the doors, lightsaber storage in the cabin, and a spot to mount your personal R2 unit on the roof?

Too elaborate? Some new wheels, unique exterior paint, and body stripes will suffice, then. I guess.

The Nissan Rogue is actually the top-selling model produced by the Japanese automaker at the moment, and it was just updated for 2017 with new styling, more interior outfit, safety tech, and for the first time, a hybrid powertrain. All that (plus the name) makes it a solid candidate for the tie-in.

And in case you were unaware, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story depicts the events that take place between Episode 3 and Episode 4, roughly just before A New Hope in the Star Wars universe timeline.

The Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off November 18th (press days are November 16th and 17th) while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16th.

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Why it Matters

I really hope they do a good job with this one (the car I mean, not the movie). I have high hopes, though.

For example, remember the Rogue Winter Warrior concept that Nissan dished out earlier this year in Chicago? The crossover turned snowmobile with four snow tracks in place of the wheels?

Okay, so the Star Wars Rogue probably won’t be that over the top, but come on – there’s so much good stuff you could pull from the fictional universe in terms of vehicles, there’s really no excuse here.

Personally, I’m not much of a crossover guy. Rather, I think I’d prefer a heavily modified Corellian YT-1300f light freighter, but hey, that’s just me.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Rogue here.

Press Release

Nissan is one of five global brands joining forces with Lucasfilm Ltd. for launch of an extensive global promotional campaign in support of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," opening on December 16
Special vehicle badge, designed in conjunction with Lucasfilm, previewed today
Vehicle set for global reveal at Los Angeles Auto Show in November
Continues Nissan’s "Year of the Truck" momentum, featuring new Rogue, TITAN, Armada and Pathfinder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced it will produce a limited-volume version of its newly revised Rogue compact SUV, the "2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition" for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Also previewed was special badging, designed by Lucasfilm, which will have prominent placement on the new "Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition." The vehicle makes its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, opens on December 16.

"The Star Wars film franchise has pushed the boundaries of technology since the debut of the original episode nearly 40 years ago," said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America, Inc. "Nissan is doing the same with our industry-leading cars, trucks and SUVs – so it’s natural that we join forces."

The Nissan Rogue, the top-selling model in the Nissan lineup, has been updated for the 2017 model year with fresh exterior and interior treatments, an expanded suite of Nissan Safety Shield technology including available Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection*, and the first ever Rogue Hybrid model.

For more information on the 2017 Rogue and the complete lineup of Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanUSA.com or Nissan.CA.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

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