By on November 30, 2009

Going Rogue?

“The Krom Rogue will look a little more masculine,” [Patrick Steiner, director of sales and marketing for Nissan North America’s Specialty Vehicles and Accessories unit] said while standing alongside a prototype black Krom model at Nissan’s North American headquarters here. “We think it will attract a higher percentage of male buyers.”

Manly men can expect to pay $2,000-$4,000 over base for the Krom Edition Rogue’s masculinity defining “entirely new front end with a mesh grille, fog lights, rear spoiler, tinted glass, center exhaust pipes and 17-inch alloy wheels.” [Autoweek, via MSN]

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34 Comments on “Quote Of The Day: Rogue Or Rouge Edition...”

  • avatar
    Martin Albright

    I’m pretty sure that driving one of these is at least a 15 point man-card violation, good for a 3 month suspension. 

    Seriously, that thing makes a Subaru Forester look butch. 

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    It’s hideous.

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    Add AWD, 300hp, and an altitude adjustment and you may have the beginnings of something there. Or just go buy a 5 door STi and screw the Rogue. Damn that’s fugly.

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    This thing is so gay! I don’t drive anything less than an “Viking Girl” airbrushed original Hummer with full of nitroglycerine anywhere that I can be seen.

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    For $2,000-$4,000 extra, I would expect Nissan to throw in a playboy air freshener to hang from the inside mirror.  These have been clinically proven to add 2-3 inches to the length of the owner’s Krom.

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    Do not want. Thanks for playing.

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    cRacK hEaD aLLeY

    Anybody had problems with the door handles breaking finger nails? What about the sun visor: Does it have a big mirror and a light for makup? What colors does it come in? What about the interior colors?

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    Via Nocturna

    Looks like a previous-gen Maxima’s hood and grille grafted onto a Rogue. This is even more amusing given the Altima’s refresh also made it look like a Maxima. Still doesn’t fix that goofy-looking C-pillar and rear quarter, though.
    While the “increased masculinity” angle is just laughable, I have to say that it’s a significant improvement over the base Rogue, to say nothing of the Murano. I don’t know what Nissan was thinking with that bizarre waffle iron look. Ugh.

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    No mudflaps?

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    U * g * l * y.

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    Wow. What a chic magnet. Economy got you down? Cant afford a Vette?  Heres your answer! Dont need Dr Winnifred Cutler anymore.

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    So Nissan has decided on Conan the Barbarian themed car names?
    Perhaps they’ll name their next SUV Thulsa Doom?

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    You guys really don’t like it? I think it looks pretty good, especially relative to the regular version with the weird freckled “grille.” A regular grille is just what it needed.

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    Id almost rather drive the tribecca with the vagina face…

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    I don’t understand what would make any man OR woman buy the damn thing.

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    I must be insufficiently masculine.

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    also Tom

    Somebody was having lunches with the Crosstour designers.

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    Ford called, they want Focuses grill back.

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    It looks almost French .. so it can pass for the weekly Monday special at my desk… “French Car Mondays.” Yes, anything to get through a Monday!

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    Robert Schwartz

    ChuckR +1
    I’ll add the relevant quotes:
    Conan’s Father: Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky. But Crom is your god, Crom and he lives in the earth. Once, giants lived in the Earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered. And the Earth shook. Fire and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield. We who found it are just men. Not gods. Not giants. Just men. The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its discipline. For no one – no one in this world can you trust. Not men, not women, not beasts.
    [Points to sword]
    Conan’s Father: This you can trust.

    Conan: What gods do you pray to?
    Subotai: I pray to the four winds… and you?
    Conan: To Crom… but I seldom pray to him, he doesn’t listen.
    Subotai: [chuckles] What good is he then? Ah, it’s just as I’ve always said.
    Conan: He is strong! If I die, I have to go before him, and he will ask me, “What is the riddle of steel?” If I don’t know it, he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me. That’s Crom, strong on his mountain!
    Subotai: Ah, my god is greater.
    Conan: [chuckles] Crom laughs at your four winds. He laughs from his mountain.
    Subotai: My god is stronger. He is the everlasting sky! Your god lives underneath him.
    [Conan shoots Subotai a skeptical look. Subotai laughs]

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    Re: Robert Schwartz
    Heh.  Now I’ll have to look up the Shogun miniseries and check the dialogue for mention of the Japanese god of rust, “Cressida”.

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    Needs moar Truck Nutz

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    Bill Wade

    <i>“We think it will attract a higher percentage of male buyers.”</i>
    What, from .5% to .6%?

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    Its as masculine as Bruno in Hiking boots.
    Doesn’t it have a CVT – I bet royal blue will be, like, totally the most popular colour, cha!

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    Still a no go. Who design those things? Why do they hate good looks? They should be  lockup in a car museum for some times…

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    Filed into the “Do not want” folder.

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    I actually like it, at least more than the gormless standard-issue Rogue.  I mean, it’s not a lifted Ram 3500 with Truck Nutz**, but it’s not too bad.  It’ll probably be the standard look soon enough.
    I’ve seen Rogues all over the place in southern Ontario: they seem at least as popular as the CR-V (no prize itself, and more expensive to boot) and nearly as much as the RAV/4 or Escape/Tribute.  It’s a good car, too.  That it appeals to women is not really surprising as that’s the mission of just about every crossover and cute-ute save the Nitro (which, to Chrysler’s marketing department”s chagrin, ended up appealing mostly to women as well).   Women have a large say in car purchasing, especially for nondiscretionary vehicles like these, and not pitching to them is a recipe for marketshare suicide.
    ** Hey Nissan, there’s an idea: Krom Truck Nutz.

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    Is this for real?
    I, for one, look forward to many laughs as the blogosphere ridicules this “man purse edition” to death.

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    By Crom’s crooked beard that’s an ugly car.

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