Do you find it surprising that in this day and age, automakers still do not offer a trim that caters to owners who take their pets along on a regular basis?
Sure you can DIY it by adding this-and-that to your vehicle, making it more pet-friendly but it would be best if the vehicle comes complete with all you’ll ever need to make taking your furry friend out for a ride as easy as just stepping into the car.
Nissan has heard your pleas and has officially unveiled the X-Trail 4Dogs concept to show that its flagship crossover ‘is the perfect car for family adventures, particularly ones involving those with four legs.’
The 445-liter cargo area of the X-Trail 4Dogs concept has been completely transformed to provide a completely bespoke and comfortable area for two animals.
Premium wipe-clean leather is used to allow pet owners to easily clean dirt and wipe hair off.It comes with a 360° pull-out shower that also doubles as a dog dryer for quick clean-ups after a romp in park. There’s a slide-away ramp for easy access, two beds, a no-spill water bowl and a smart dog treat dispenser.
To ensure the safety of the animals while in transit, they can be secured by using a clip-on harness hook.
Both the pet owners sitting in front and the animals in the boot can see each other through the innovative ‘dog-cam’ technology that is integrated into the X-Trail's NissanConnect infotainment system. A 7-inch monitor is installed in front and a 10-inch LCD screen in the back, plus speakers, so that the pet owners can talk to their dogs to keep them calm during the drive.
Attachments for the shower and dryer are stored in a new pull-out utility drawer, easily accessible at the front of the cargo area while 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. A dog guard can be purchased separately and installed above the rear seat.
The development of the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs concept came with the help of the Kennel Club, UK's largest and best-known organization for promoting dog health and welfare.
"It's clear from the research that for dog owners, dogs are a key part of the family. Ensuring their pet's needs are catered for is often just as important as making sure the children are comfortable and happy. The Nissan X-Trail is a car that's built for family adventures, and the X-Trail 4Dogs concept takes that to the next level," said Ryan Gains, chief marketing manager, X-Trail.