Keisuke Otsuki Design 2014 Rogue

Nissan X-Trail / 2014 Rogue designer's thoughts [video]

Nissan unveiled the all-new 2014 Rogue and X-Trail at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. Today, we have a video from Nissan discussing thoughts behind the design by lead designer Keisuke Otsuki. Check it out.

When the 2014 Nissan Rogue broke cover two days ago, we saw the great new look and added utility that Nissan put into this compact SUV. Now, the design team behind the new Rogue (X-Trail in Europe) are talking about their creation.

The 2014 Rogue and X-Trail were unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on opening day this week by Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, who said "This new X-Trail builds on the reputation earned over three product generations for quality and reliability enhanced by class-leading levels of value, innovation, dynamic performance and premium style."

In the following video, you'll see thoughts from two of the men behind the new Rogue and their ideas on the design that went into it. The video begins with Kenichi Tsukada of Nissan Product Planning, who talks about the changes they wanted to incorporate into the new design for the X-Trail / Rogue. The changes, which included the new third-row of seating, premium technology upgrades, and the retention of the Rogue's famed go-anywhere capability, were then handed to designer Keisuke Otsuki, the man behind Nissan's new look.

"When I imagine the role of this car in people's lives," Otsuki says, "sometimes it's about how it makes you feel when you'r seen with the car."

Watch the video below.


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