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Nissan moves its fight to the desert theater with new tracked Rogue

Nissan moves its fight to the ...
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan shows that tracks aren't just for cold and snow
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Nissan shows that tracks aren't just for cold and snow
The Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior will debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show
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The Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior will debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show
The tracks look cool, but we feel like good, old tires would be better for that trail 
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The tracks look cool, but we feel like good, old tires would be better for that trail 
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
The Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior is powered by the stock Rogue 2.5-liter four-cylinder
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The Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior is powered by the stock Rogue 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
To accommodate the tracks, Nissan has adjusted the wheel wells and suspension
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To accommodate the tracks, Nissan has adjusted the wheel wells and suspension
The Rogue gone rogue
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The Rogue gone rogue
Off-road accessories include LED lighting
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Off-road accessories include LED lighting
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
Warn winch
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Warn winch
Gear basket
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Gear basket
The Rogue Trail Warrior will debut alongside a second Rogue project car
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The Rogue Trail Warrior will debut alongside a second Rogue project car
Nissan gets a little extra attention for its best-selling Rogue
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Nissan gets a little extra attention for its best-selling Rogue
The Rogue Trail Warrior gets down and dirty
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The Rogue Trail Warrior gets down and dirty
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
In addition to the camo wrap, Nissan has given the windows and headlights a yellow tint
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In addition to the camo wrap, Nissan has given the windows and headlights a yellow tint
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
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Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
The Nissan Rogue looks much meaner when it's propped up on tracks
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The Nissan Rogue looks much meaner when it's propped up on tracks
The new Nissan Rogue won't be available with tracks. Shame, too
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The new Nissan Rogue won't be available with tracks. Shame, too
Tracks make the Nissan Rogue a much meaner looking soft-roader
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Tracks make the Nissan Rogue a much meaner looking soft-roader
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In 2015, Nissan tinkered around with a Juke on tracks. It clearly liked how that project went because last year it followed up with a few more "Winter Warriors." Those concepts were great for showing off in cold-weather locations in the middle of winter, but how to work tracks in once the snow melts? With the new Rogue Trail Warrior, Nissan shows how a tracked crossover can keep motoring the whole year round, wearing camo to blend in with its surroundings and gobbling up soft, sandy desert floor with Dominator tracks.

We're not sure the concrete maze known as the Big Apple is really the right place to get people excited about a tracked crossover built for desert riding, but the Rogue Trail Warrior will debut at this week's New York International Auto Show regardless. It seems Nissan has been enjoying wowing auto show crowds with its "track stars" so much it's just too excited to hold off until a more geographically logical show like SEMA or LA. New York it is.

At this point, swapping out tires for American Track Truck Dominator tracks and making the necessary structural and suspension mods must be second nature for Nissan engineers. Nissan has kept the rest of the mechanicals stock, so those tracks spin at the hands of the usual 170-hp/175 lb-ft (127-kW/237-Nm) 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior
Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior

Unlike the black-out tracks Nissan has used in the past, the Trail Warrior's tracks receive a heavy splash of khaki paint to match the custom camouflage wrap. Military-style yellow glass and yellow-tinted headlamps accentuate the look and off-road modifications like the fender flares, ARB roof basket, Warn 4K winch and LED light bars round things off.

The Rogue Trail Warrior is one of two special project Rogues Nissan will show at this year's New York show, which opens to the press on Wednesday. New Atlas will be on the ground to bring you all the big news.

The Rogue Trail Warrior gets down and dirty
The Rogue Trail Warrior gets down and dirty

While the Rogue Trail Warrior looks pretty awesome in photos, its video debut below isn't the most riveting piece of off-road action out there. We reckon the Trail Warrior should have a spare white-camo suit handy so it can open things up a bit more come winter – because last year's snow-spraying Rogue Warrior seemed to be having much more fun.

Source: Nissan

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3 comments
IMMr0Yallow
As an operator of numerous tracked machines for many years I am not impressed with this vehicle. The tracks look thin and if all rubber will wear out fast. I was looking to see it handle turns, there were none in the video clip so I imagine thats a problem. The track rollers look weak and I doubt will handle side pressures well. The track sprockets also look weak, prone to wear out fast
Bob Flint
Might be fine in loose gravel and sand, but take it rock climbing and see what happens. Can't compete with variable pressure all terrain high flotation tires.
dbenware
Nothing that I could see in the clip would require Tracks. It could do the same with standard road tires