Almost all dog owners consider their pet to be part of the family, research has revealed. Furthermore, the vast majority says they would buy a new car that boasts more dog-friendly features. To meet their demands, Nissan has unveiled a unique new model – the X-Trail 4Dogs concept – demonstrating that its flagship crossover is the perfect car for family adventures, particularly ones involving those with four legs.

The X-Trail 4Dogs is the ultimate dog-friendly crossover, with a cargo area that’s been completely transformed to provide a bespoke travel space for up to two animals. The crossover’s luggage compartment has been turned into a dog haven, 445 liters in size with a suite of innovative new features. Each has been carefully selected to benefit either the dog or the owner.

 Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

For example, the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs has everything required to keep canines clean and comfortable after a long, muddy walk. Wash them off with the 360° pull-out shower, then swap for the dog dryer which delivers a jet of air to the wet fur. Pull out the slide-away ramp so the dogs can walk up into the cargo area – allowing owners to stay completely mud-free – then turn on the integrated drying system, which supplies warm air into the boot space.

The dogs can settle down into the luxurious bed, help themselves to a drink from the no-spill water bowl or take a snack from the smart dog treat dispenser. Safety in transit is taken care of via a clip-on harness hook.

 Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

As they prepare to head home, driver and front seat passenger can easily keep an eye on their pets using the innovative “dog-cam” technology. It has been ingeniously integrated into the X-Trail’s NissanConnect infotainment system, allowing owner and dog to see each other via the seven-inch dashboard display and a new 10-inch LCD screen installed into the back. The owner can also talk to the dog via an audio link to keep it calm.

 Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

Attachments for the shower and dryer are stored in a new pull-out utility drawer, easily accessible at the front of the cargo area. New side compartments have been added to ensure the area remains clutter-free and can be used for storing treats, waste bags and a lead.

The Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs has been designed with every day practicality in mind. The dog bed, water bowl and treat dispenser are all easily removed to create a usable load space – for example, to carry shopping – when the dog is not with the family. The car’s spare wheel is also still accessible.

 

 

all images and video courtesy of Nissan

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