Weekend Post (South Africa)

The ‘pawfect’ car for doggy ventures

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ALMOST every dog owner considers their pet to be part of the family, research has revealed. Furthermor­e, the vast majority say they would buy a new car which 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 boot 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.

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 pull-out shower, then swap for the dog dryer which delivers a jet of air to the wet fur. Pull out the ramp so the dogs can walk up into the boot then turn on the integrated drying system which supplies warm air into the boot space.

Driver and front seat passenger can also easily keep an eye on their pets using the innovative “dog-cam” technology. The owner can also talk to the dog via an audio link to keep it calm.

Nissan engineered the X-Trail 4Dogs concept following a survey of more than 1 300 dog owners.

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