At first glance, it looks like any ordinary Nissan Rogue, but slipping behind the wheel you might notice that the mirror is just a little bit larger, with an oversized black frame that looks a bit like nerdy tortoiseshell glasses.
And despite how you might try to adjust the rearview mirror, the image stays exactly the same – until you flip a small hidden switch. That, it turns out, shuts off the camera mounted near the top of the Rogue’s back window.
The compact crossover, it turns out, is fitted with a prototype version of Nissan’s so-called Smart Rearview mirror. Set to go on sale in Japan in 2015, it gives the driver the choice of using it as a conventional mirror or, with the flip of a switch, it becomes a video monitor connected to that little camera. That approach has a number of advantages, according to the Japanese maker. Among other things, the driver’s line of sight is no longer obstructed by backseat occupants, cargo or a narrow rear window.