The 2nd gen Nissan Rogue, known outside the U.S. and Canada as the Nissan X-Trail T32, is a compact crossover SUV produced since 2014. Currently, it’s the best-selling Nissan SUV model in the United States due to great ride quality, a long list of standard comfort and safety features, and a roomy interior.
This AWD crossover is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine paired with a CVT transmission, which provides smooth acceleration and surprisingly low fuel consumption. Even though we don’t get to see modified Nissan Rogues often, this kind of vehicle is a perfect choice for work and play, especially if you tend to leave the paved streets often.
We spoke with the owner of the 2019 Nissan Rogue from San Diego, California. As a geologist, Stephen Quimpo was looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle that could take him to the job site and back in comfort. With a lifted suspension and a set of 17″ Overland Black Rhino Wheels, the Rogue is more than capable of tackling challenging terrains. Check out our interview with the owner of the “Rhino Rogue”.
“As a geologist, Stephen Quimpo was looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle that could take him to the job site and back in comfort.
How did you become interested in off-roading?
– My job (geologist) requires me to go in backcountry trails to get to project sites.
What inspired you to choose this modification style?
– There’s a very limited amount of aftermarket off-road parts for the Rogue so I usually choose what I can get. I try to keep things that serve a purpose and nothing for looks.
What challenges did you face while putting it together?
– The bull bar isn’t built well nor does it fit well out of the box. A bit of fabrication was required and it really is only good to mount lights on.
What do you love about your vehicle?
– The gas mileage and just the fact you don’t see many trail-capable Rogues.
Is it your daily or a weekend ride?
– Daily and weekend
Where do you take it off-road?
– Anza Borrego at least once a month
2019 NISSAN ROGUE AWD – SPECS
– 2.0 L 4-cylinder (stock)
– 2” front and rear – ReadyLift kit
– 17” Black Rhino overland rims
– 245/65/17 BF GOODRICH T/A KO2
– Vanguard Off road-Bull bar
– WeatherTech window deflectors
– FCS soft surf rack (held together with husky ratchet straps)
What are your future plans for this vehicle?
– Add some ditch lights and maybe a true roof rack, but I like how jerry-rigged the car looks.
Anything else you would like to share about your vehicle or about off-roading in general?
– Keep your trails clean, don’t be an asshole (in life and out off-roading).
Watch the progress and find out more about this Nissan Rogue project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @Rhino_Rogue!
Related Parts & Mods
– Inspired by this Nissan Rogue build and looking to prepare your own crossover for off-road adventures? Some parts used on this vehicle were sourced from custom shops or custom made, but our team has put together a list of products and accessories available online that may help you to achieve similar results:
- Protune Suspension Steel Front 2″ Rear 1″ Lift Kit – For Nissan Rogue 2014-2020
- Tema4x4 Complete Lift Kit 40mm – For Nissan Rogue 2014-2020
- BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 245/65R17 – Requires a Lift
- 17″ Black Rhino Overland Rims in Black Finish – Available in Various Sizes
- VANGUARD Black Powdercoat Optimus Bull Bar – For Nissan Rogue 2014-2019
- Richeer Roof Rack Cross Bars – For 2014-2019 Rogue with Side Rails
- HYPERAX Iridium M Universal Cargo Basket – Available in Various Sizes
Roof Top Tent
- Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2 Rooftop Tent – 2 Person
*Before ordering any part or accessory, it is recommended that you verify its fitment with a qualified professional and/or seller. We are not responsible for fitment or other issues that may arise from using the products featured on our website.
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