Nissan fell out of the Detroit headlines as it seemed to be the only big Japanese brand not to have a supercar on display. Things will, of course, be different at the Tokyo motor show later this year, when the maker takes the covers off its production-ready GTR. For now, brand devotees were placated with a compact production SUV called the Rogue, and a wacky miniature minivan concept christened the Bevel
First was the Rogue, Nissan's big Detroit production car unveiling. If it looks like the UK-built Qashqai (see gallery), that's because the two cars are very closely related, but because the Qashqai was judged too small for US-market demands, Nissan went to the trouble of designing the Rogue.
Based on the same Nissan ‘C’ platform as the Qashqai, the Japanese-built Rogue is both longer and wider with extra boot space a particular priority. Two versions – with either front or all-wheel drive - will be on offer in the states, both powered by a 170bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine driving a CVT transmission. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control are standard as are side and curtain airbags and active headrests.