When it comes to favorite things to do in a car, parallel parking likely ranks right down there with mobile root canals. Until now. With the addition of the highly innovative Around View Monitor to the 2012 Nissan Rogue, drivers can maneuver into parking spaces with more ease. Rogue is the first non-luxury vehicle in the United States to offer the unique Around View Monitor feature, which is available as part of the optional Rogue SL Package.
“More driver’s license tests have probably been failed due to the applicant’s inability to parallel park than any other task,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s anxiety provoking at best, and risks damage to a vehicle and surrounding property at its worst. Around View Monitor now comes to Rogue drivers’ rescue.”
Rogue’s Around View Monitor utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras – mounted on the front, side mirrors and rear of the vehicle – to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping the driver maneuver it in tight spots. The system converts image data taken by the four cameras to create and display the virtual image of the vehicle from above.
The system has been designed to be easy-to-see, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand. The virtual overhead view makes it easy for the driver to position the vehicle for parallel parking, with the front/rear view enabling the driver to simultaneously confirm the front or rear of the vehicle. When the transmission is shifted into drive from reverse the system automatically switches to the previous screen.
By displaying the rear view and front-side view simultaneously, the driver can easily confirm the two most worrisome areas; the rear and front passenger side of the vehicle.
Views shown on the split-screen display can be changed as desired through use of a button on the center console. For example, front and side or rear and side views can be shown together to help gauge the distance of the Rogue to the curb.
“Unlike complex systems that take complete control of the parking function, Rogue’s Around View Monitor allows the driver to remain in charge – with a heightened view of the vehicle’s surroundings,” said Castignetti. “It’s amazing technology, an amazing innovation, and we’re proud that Rogue is the first vehicle in its segment to offer it.”
For a video demonstration of the 2012 Nissan Rogue Around View® Monitor system, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGJM776JKRk.
For 2012, Rogue adds a Special Edition Package, along with revised content for the various option packages. Rogue features a standard 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and available Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system. It balances Nissan-style driving enjoyment with the versatility provided by a large 57.9 cubic feet of cargo space (with 2nd row seat folded down), a 60/40-split rear seat and available fold-down front passenger seat. Rogue also offers six standard air bags and 28 mpg fuel economy.
The new high-value Special Edition Package includes steering wheel audio controls, RearView Monitor, 4.3-inch audio display, USB connectivity, satellite radio, fog lights 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and privacy glass.
The SL Package features leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and outside mirrors, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Nissan Navigation System, the new Around View® Monitor, and much more. The SL Package is available on Rogue SV.