• All-new Rogue peeps out from under the sheet
  • Generation two to be fully unveiled at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
  • On sale later this year

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is almost here. Officially, its debut is on September 10, when some executive from Nissan pulls away the wraps and shares a podium with this compact crossover SUV at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. There will be a speech.

Said exec will probably describe how popular the previous Rogue has been since arriving at Nissan dealerships in 2007. Even now, the 2013 Nissan Rogue is selling healthily, by virtue of offering front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, better-than-average fuel consumption (23 miles per gallon city/28 mpg hwy with front-wheel drive), a useful 170 horsepower from its 2.5-liter engine, a reassuringly high number of stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests and plenty of parking lot presence from its styling.

All for a starting price of $21,170 ($20,310 plus $860 destination charge), stacking up well against rivals such as the 2013 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Ford Escape.

The second-generation Rogue, according to Nissan, will "push the envelope of CUV design even further." That may or may not be a good thing, depending on everyone's tastes. Nissan has something of a reputation for making vehicles with looks that people will politely call "polarizing." The Murano CrossCabriolet springs to mind.

Still, let's hope for the best. Between now and Frankfurt, all we have to go on is a shot of the new model's headlight.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue goes on sale later this year.

What it means to you: Two things. First, a possible sweet deal on a 2013 Rogue as the first generation is phased out. Second, an even more stylish Rogue for those who absolutely must have the latest model.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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