New Rogue Gets Upgraded Safety and Autonomous Vehicle Tech Too
ProPilot system improves road monitoring and stop-and-go capabilities
In addition to snazzy styling, the redesigned Nissan Rogue features a number of safety enhancements, including updates to the company’s ProPilot semi-autonomous vehicle system.
2021 Nissan Rogue features upgraded ProPilot with Navi-link. (Image: Nissan)
Introduced in 2016, ProPilot combines adaptive cruise control with steering assist and lane-centering technology to help control acceleration, braking and steering in heavy traffic and on the highway.
Smarter and Smoother
Next-generation radar and camera systems provide a longer range and wider field of view, respectively.
Nissan ProPilot with Navi-Link (Image: Nissan)
The improvements help ProPilot to detect and track objects sooner, which the carmaker says enables smoother braking, better steering assist feel and improved performance when other vehicles cut into the Rogue’s lane.
The upgraded ProPilot Assist with Navi-link taps into the navigation system to identify upcoming curves, heavy traffic and highway exits. Vehicle speed is automatically slowed as needed ahead of time.
In addition, the system now can read traffic signs and recommend new speed settings as posted limits change. Such capabilities previously have been available only on high-end luxury vehicles.
The 2021 Rogue also allows ProPilot to be engaged for much longer (30 seconds vs. 3 seconds) during stop-and-go traffic. Previously, drivers had to constantly toggle ProPilot on and off if the vehicle was stopped for longer durations.
ProPilot Assist with Navi-link is standard on the Rogue’s top-end Platinum trim level. The technology is optional on the mid-level Rogue SL but isn’t available on the base model.
Nissan also is adding more standard safety features to the Rogue.
The Safety Shield 360 package now includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, rear automatic braking and driver alertness monitoring.
The 2021 Rogue also has 10 standard airbags, extended crumple zones and rear door alert.
Nissan claims the compact crossover has the most standard safety technologies in its class.
Why It’s Important
The Rogue is Nissan’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S.
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