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2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

A crossover that fell just short of becoming the company’s wonder-kid!

When seen from a bird’s eye view, Nissan is actually managing its crossover portfolio quite well. At the entry-level, the Japanese automaker has the Kicks and, at the top, it has the Nissan Rogue. Nissan had the Juke to fill the gap in between, but the model was discontinued a couple of years back. Although it looked like the Kicks will have to manage two duties, Nissan quickly came up with a much better replacement for the Juke in the form of the Nissan Rogue Sport. The Rogue Sport was specially designed for the U.S. market and is not being sold anywhere else.

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2019 Nissan Titan Rocky Ridge Concept

2019 Nissan Titan Rocky Ridge Concept

6-Inch Lift Transformed The Titan Into a Giant

At the Nissan USA stand at the Chicago Motor Show we had the chance to see a rather surprising and intimidating truck called the Nissan Titan K2 Rocky Ridge Concept. It is a lifted Titan truck, engineered by Rocky Ridge, specialists in “making big bad lifted trucks” with more than 30 years of experience. Although revealed in concept guise, let me tell you that the Rocky Ridge Titan K2 is ready to pounce. The Georgia-based truck magicians made sure of it with a comprehensive set of additions that made this Titan K2 Rocky Ridge Concept as tough and as terrifying as possible. This is what we learned about it at the Show.

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Adds cool features to an old SUV

The Rock Creek Edition is a special-edition version of the Nissan Pathfinder that includes new accessories and a few extra features at no additional cost. Introduced at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, it freshens up the somewhat dated fourth-generation Pathfinder, which was launched in 2012 and went through a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2017 model year. Offered on SV and SL grades (no soup for you if you want the base model or the range-topping Platinum trim), it costs only $995. Nissan says it will save you $1,315 compared to a similar vehicle with all those features ordered separately, but is it worth it? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol

2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol

Nissan touches on the Armada’s roots with a bonkers concept interpretation

There must be something about the Chicago Auto Show that brings out Nissan’s creativity. Two years ago, the Japanese automaker unveiled the Winter Warrior Concepts, a collection of outrageously engineered Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue SUVs that featured snow tracks instead of actual wheels. This year, Nissan is returning to the Windy City with a pair of concepts that might as well be spiritual successors of the Winter Warriors. One of these concepts is a fresh take on the Nissan Armada, called the Snow Patrol. It’s not as outlandish as the Winter Warriors or its present counterpart, the Nissan 370Zki, but the Armada Snow Patrol is unique in its own right for a variety of reasons.

There’s no going around Nissan’s objective with the Armada Snow Patrol. Billy Hayes, the vice president of Nissan North America’s Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, called it a “return to roots” concept for the Armada model. “(The Armada) has a long off-road heritage as the Nissan Patrol, a global expedition vehicle,” he said. "As part of our celebration of winter at the Chicago Auto Show, we wanted to remind our growing family of Armada owners and enthusiasts that this full-size SUV stands ready to take you to the mountains, or at least safely through Chicago streets covered in lake effect snow."

One look at the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and you’ll see exactly what Hayes is talking about.

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2018 Nissan 370Zki

2018 Nissan 370Zki

It’s the Nissan 370Z snowmobile we didn’t even know existed

There’s a prevalent belief within automotive circles that the Nissan 370Z is in dire need of an update. The current version of the sports coupe has been on the market since 2009. That’s a long time for any car, let alone one that belongs in a niche segment. As the clamoring for a next-gen 370Z grows louder, Nissan has apparently been listening all along. All this time, the Japanese automaker was actually developing a new 370Z. The only problem is it’s not the 370Z replacement we’re expecting.

Feast your eyes on this creation. It’s a Nissan 370Z…on skis. Nissan calls it the 370Zki, and it’s actually something the automaker is bringing to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show later this month. I don’t suppose it’s the version of the 370Z that we’ve all been waiting for. On the bright side, it is a positively cool creation, at least once you get past the awkwardness of seeing the compact sports car sitting on snowmobile equipment.

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2017 Nissan Murano Midnight Edition

2017 Nissan Murano Midnight Edition

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

This year’s Chicago Auto Show is shaping up to be a bonanza of special edition models, with every other debut being some sort of tweaked and tuned car, truck, or crossover. Nissan is no different, announcing that no less than five models will now enjoy the Midnight Edition special trimmings. Originally slated solely for the Maxima SR trim grade, the Midnight Edition package now makes its way to the Murano mid-size crossover, bearing visual updates like blacked-out wheels, trim pieces, and aero, as well as offering optional special edition floor mats.

In addition to the Murano, the Midnight Edition package can also be had with the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, and Pathfinder, not to mention the original Maxima as well. The move makes sense for a number of reasons – not only are blacked-out special editions particularly popular right now, but Nissan has divulged that the original Midnight Edition package was included in an impressive 85 percent of sales when it was originally just for the Maxima SR. As such, it makes sense to extend the styling tweaks to the models that make up the majority of Nissan’s U.S. sales.

For the Murano, the Midnight Edition package was made available for the Platinum trim level, the highest in the range. Like the other Midnight Edition models, the Murano Midnight Edition gets new wheels, a black spoiler, black side-view mirrors, and optional special edition floor mats.

The Murano’s exclusive wheels come with a 20-inch diameter and are made from aluminum alloy. The Murano’s roof rails were also painted black for the package, as are the splash guards behind the wheels. The unique floor mats get Midnight Edition badging and a dark coloring.

Speaking of hue, the Midnight Package was originally only offered with black for the exterior body panels, but now it can be added to models painted in Pearl White Cayenne Red, Gun Metallic, and Magnetic Black.

Interestingly, Nissan says adding the package will actually save a few bucks when compared to optioning in all the extras piece by piece. The package is on sale now and retails for $1,195, while the Murano Platinum trim level (sans-Midnight Edition) starts at $39,610.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Midnight Edition

2017 Nissan Rogue Midnight Edition

New package now available for Nissan’s best-selling model

The Chicago Auto Show has carved a unique niche in the auto show calendar. Whereas other events like Geneva and Detroit are considered the two biggest shows in the world, the Windy City’s version has evolved into a place where automakers showcase their latest accessories and special editions. Nissan, for example, is heavily involved in Chicago because most of its high-profile models, including the best-selling Nissan Rogue, are showing off their new Midnight Edition packages.

You might remember that Nissan initially offered the Midnight Edition package for the Maxima sedan a year ago. Well, it turns out that a lot of people liked the essence of the package that they started clamoring the Japanese automaker to expand its availability to other models wearing the Nissan badge. And so, here we are. Nissan not only gave in to those demands, it went above and beyond what was asked and developed packages for not one, but five new models, including the aforementioned Rogue compact SUV.

The Midnight Edition package for the Nissan Rogue consists mainly of aesthetic upgrades meant to infuse some sporting character to the vehicle. In as far as objectives are concerned, the Rogue’s Midnight Edition package not different from others of its kind, even if the specifics do vary depending on the model.

Remember though that if you’re looking for extensive upgrades to your Nissan Rogue, the Midnight Edition package doesn’t address everything you might be looking for. For one, engine upgrades are nowhere to be found and the interior add-ons are minimal at best. But if your expectations are right where they should be, the package should be an attractive option, especially since the added cost of it won’t necessarily burn holes in your pocket.

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2017 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition

2017 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition

The Maxima’s popular package trickles down to the Altima

Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the current Nissan Altima was updated for 2016. Somewhat surprisingly, the facelift added many new features, as well as a significantly redesigned exterior with styling cues borrowed from the gorgeous Maxima. Inside, the sedan gained a new center stack, softer materials for the Zero Gravity seats, and blue accents for the SR trim. The engine compartment is the only one that remained unchanged, but it’s not something customers will complain about. For 2017, Nissan enhances the Altima by adding the Midnight Edition model.

Launched at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Altima Midnight Edition is part of Nissan’s new offensive to offer this special-edition package on six models. Initially created for the Maxima in 2016, the Midnight Edition was a huge success last year, accounting for 85 percent of Maxima SR sales. As a result, Nissan wants the bundle on more cars, including the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder.

The idea of expanding the availability of the Midnight Edition package was driven by customers who loved the blackout treatment on Maxima SR and asked for it to be available on other popular Nissan vehicles,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “The six models offering Midnight Edition packages account for more than 75 percent of our U.S. sales, so we think they will find a receptive audience.”

Much like on the Maxima, the Altima’s Edition Package is restricted to the SR trim, but only the version powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The SR Midnight Edition is already available to order in the U.S. for small premium over the standard model.

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2017 Nissan Motorsports Titan XD1 PRO-4X

2017 Nissan Motorsports Titan XD1 PRO-4X

Nissan tempting customers with customization options

The new Titan XD has been on the market for roughly a year now, and sales just aren’t what Nissan was hoping for. In an effort to help spur customer interest, Nissan has put together a one-off truck called the Titan XD1. It hails from Nissan Motorsports. It uses several Nissan-branded accessories, along with parts from aftermarket suppliers like ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Rigid Industries, N-Fab, EGR, and Method.

The truck is based on the 2017 Titan XD PRO-4X equipped with the optional 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. The big oil-burner generates 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. Power is directed through a six-speed automatic transmission from Aisin before turning the electronically controlled transfer case.

Fred Diaz, VP and General Manager of Nissan North American trucks, says, "The Titan XD, with its available Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel engine, is a powerful platform that calls out for customization. We’re pleased to offer Titan XD owners so many ways to personalize their vehicles and also excited more and more companies are supporting Titan with aftermarket parts and accessories."

Vehicle customization at the factory and dealership level has become wildly popular these days, as evidenced by the massive number of “special editions” revealed at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Nissan’s attempt at capturing attention with the Titan XD1 concept should go over well with those wanting a little something extra on their Titan pickup.

Let’s check out the details below.

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2017 Nissan NV Cargo X Project Van

2017 Nissan NV Cargo X Project Van

This isn’t your average cargo van

Nissan is dumping the conventionality of the monotonous cargo van with its Cargo X Project van – a hard-core, Cummins-powered rock crawler with a heavily modified suspension and solid axles. The Cargo X Project was headed up by legendary off-road builder and host of Spike TV’s Xtreme Off-Road, Ian Johnson and fully supported by Nissan. Needless to say, this isn’t the average fleet van.

The NV2500 van started life as a standard cargo van, powered by Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. It rode on an independent front suspension with a leaf spring suspension holding the solid rear axle in place. Rear drive and an open differential, combined with the rest of the road-going suspension wouldn’t cut it for rock crawling, so modifications began.

Though the NV Cargo X might seem more like a SEMA build, Nissan is bringing it to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. It will be on display for show-goers to check out from February 11 through 20. Those not able to make the show can see all the details below.

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2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

The Patrol-based SUV is back with a vengeance

The night before the official kick-start of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan pulled the covers off is 2017 Armada full-size SUV. This marks the second generation for the Armada, an SUV introduced in 2004 and based on the first generation Titan pickup. For 2017, however, the Armada leaves its Titan roots for the Nissan Patrol, the automaker’s three-row, eight-passenger SUV sold in markets around the world.

The Patrol isn’t a stranger to the U.S. either. It’s currently sold as the Infiniti QX80. Both the QX80 and new Armada will share the same platform, similar design stylings, and interior themes. The similarities continue in the drivetrain department, as the two SUVs share an updated version of the 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. Though the two have slightly different horsepower and torque ratings, both the Armada and QX80 can tow 8,500 pounds.

The QX80 aside, the new Armada is a giant leap forward for Nissan. Its comfort levels, active and passive safety features, and rigidity within the ladder frame and body structure are all vastly improved. It also bookends the automaker’s complete revision of its SUV and crossover lineups over the last three years, with new editions of the Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue.

As before, the Armada sits atop the Nissan SUV lineup as the flagship. It offers the highest levels of available luxury and comfort, especially in its range-topping trim, the Platinum. Lower trim levels include the “base” SV and mid-grade SL trims.

So lets take a look at the details that surround the 2017 Nissan Armada.

Update 08/15/2016: Nissan has released pricing for the 2017 Armada. Check out the “Price” section below for all the details.

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2017 Nissan Titan

2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan’s bread-n’-butter pickup for the masses

The reimagined Titan is all-new for 2017 and closely follows its quasi heavy-duty big brother, the Titan XD. Both trucks share styling and interior designs, but not everything is equal. The half-ton Titan is built to compete against segment stalwarts including the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500. As such, Nissan has expanded the Titan’s cab configurations to include Single, King, and Crew Cabs, along with adding trim levels that span the gambit of customer needs. The Titan does lack the drivetrain variety offered by the others, but the updated 5.6-liter V-8 and seven-speed automatic transmission are competitive.

As for how the half-ton Titan stacks up against the larger Titan XD, the Titan carries the same styling design as the Titan XD. It measures 79.5 inches wide – the same as the Titan XD – though is 14.7 inches shorter. That length is subtracted from both the bed area and the nose, just ahead of the fuel-filler door and the front tires, respectively. This can be attributed to the Titan’s unique half-ton frame, not found under the Titan XD. Nissan says even the lug nuts are different. The cab sizes remain the same, too, with the standard Titan offering all three cab configurations, meaning Single, King, and Crew Cabs are present. Three bed sizes are available, measuring 5.5, 6.5, and 8.0 feet in length. The Titan comes in five trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve.

Update 06/20/2017: Nissan has announced pricing for 2017 Titan King Cab models. Check the Prices section for the full details.

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2016 Nissan "Winter Warrior" Concepts

2016 Nissan "Winter Warrior" Concepts

Three crossover snowmobiles with a go-anywhere attitude

No matter where you live in the U.S., this winter has been a weird one. Some parts of the country are slammed with snow, and sometimes, the usual combination of AWD and cold-weather rubber just won’t cut it. When the white stuff is deep and the interstate looks like a ski resort, it’s time to bring in the big guns. Enter the Winter Warriors – three one-off crossover concepts from Nissan that are here to battle the elements with powder-churning treads and little regard for low-grip conditions.

Slated to debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the one-off Winter Warriors started life as stock-spec examples of the Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue. Nissan then added extreme capability with outrageous new running gear, complemented by a list of out-door accessories and a unique exterior look.

The result is… well, the word extreme certainly comes to mind.

Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of images taken during the Warrior’s official at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check ’Pictures’ tab to see them.

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