The new 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Platinum, equipped with Nissan’s new and innovative ProPILOT Assist Technology, scored a double win at the just completed Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Truck of Texas Rodeo.
Following two days of intensive drive testing by the near 70 journalists attending at Longhorn River Ranch near Dripping Springs, Texas – a combination of the 2018 version of the highly successful Nissan Rogue equipped with ProPILOT Assist – corralled both the Compact SUV of Texas and the Best New Technology awards.
Having quietly installed the ProPILOT Assist on the 2018 Rogue SL Platinum entered in the competition – journalists attending the prestigious Texas Truck Rodeo were advised by Nissan at the opening driver’s meeting – they would be the first media to experience and evaluate Nissan’s next step on the path to autonomous driving.
Given Nissan won both the Compact SUV of Texas and the Best New Technology awards, it can be reasonably assumed that the 2018 Rogue SL Platinum / ProPIlot Assist combination impressed the journalist judges.
At the conclusion of the TAWA Truck Rodeo, Nissan announced to the market that the new ProPILOT Assist technology was being made available first on their bestseller, the 2018 Rogue compact SUV arriving on dealer lots later this month.
ProPILOT Assist – in this first iteration – supports single-lane highway driving only. Through a simple two-button operation it will use lane markings as reference points to help control acceleration, braking and steering for the driver to minimize the hassle of stop and go traffic in highway driving.
In our short time behind the wheel on a two-lane winding farm highway just outside the ranch, we found ProPILOT Assist easy to understand and with very little coaching – were able to use it with ease. So easy in fact, we took the Rogue out again on the second day just for the fun of letting ProPILOT Assist do the driving (sort of) for us.
ProPILOT Assist iterations that will follow include a multi-lane highway driving version (2-years) and city driving version (4-years).
ProPILOT Assist is available on the 2018 Rogue SL grade as part of the Platinum Package, with an expected starting price under $35,000 when it hits dealer lots later this month.
About ProPILOT Assist
The 2018 Nissan Rogue’s new ProPILOT Assist utilizes a forward- facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane and to maintain vehicle speed (set by the driver) or help maintain a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions.
To activate the system, the driver simply pushes the blue ProPILOT Assist ON button, which is integrated into the right-side steering wheel spoke. Step two is to set the Intelligent Cruise Control when the desired speed is reached, as with a normal advanced cruise control system.
When lane markers are consistently detected, steering assist engages and the steering wheel/lane marker icons on the instrument panel turn green. Both right and left-hand markers need to be detected by the front camera. Steering assist engages or disengages depending on the visibility or presence of lane markers, though the Intelligent Cruise Control will remain active. If the vehicle comes to a complete stop in a traffic jam situation for more than three seconds, the driver just presses the resume button (like cruise control) or taps the accelerator pedal to begin moving again.
Steering assist is cancelled in inclement weather if the windshield wipers are in the low or high position (if lane lines can be detected, the system can remain active when the wipers are in the intermittent mode or if the mist function is activated).
With safety as a top priority, the driver’s input always takes priority, overriding the system when the steering wheel is turned or the turn signal is operated (steering assistance goes into a temporary standby mode). The system also goes into temporary standby mode when the accelerator pedal is pressed. The system’s Intelligent Cruise Control and lane keep assistance are both cancelled when the brakes are applied.
About the 2018 Nissan Rogue
The 2018 Rogue is available in three well-equipped grade levels: S, SV and SL. As in previous years, Rogue offers exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its innovative EZ Flex Seating System and Divide-N-Hide Cargo System.
Along with the new ProPILOT Assist, other new features on the 2018 Rogue include the addition of NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on all trim levels, and revised Midnight Edition Package content includes black V-motion grille and black front and rear fascias.
Rogue continues to set monthly sales records, including a 47% increase in September. Year-to-date 2017, Rogue has sold near 300,000 units – a 22.9% increase over the same period 2016.
Pricing for the 2018 Rogue begins at $24,680 for the S trim level in FWD. The SV trim is $25,900 and SL is $31,060. AWD is available on all trims for another $1,350.
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