Nissan builds concept SUV specifically for dog lovers


Nissan has created a new concept version of its X-Trail SUV aimed solely at dog owners.

The X-Trail 4Dogs concept was built after a customer survey found that owners wanted cars with more dog-friendly features.

Most of the changes have been implemented in the boot area, where the 445-litre space has been lined with wipe-clean leather and fitted with a pull-out shower, a dog dryer and a slide-away ramp designed to offer easy access for four-legged friends.

Other touches include a warm air system that pumps hot air into the boot to keep canine companions warm and dry, as well as a plush bed, a no-spill water bowl and a treat dispenser.

Nissan builds concept SUV specifically for dog lovers

Nissan builds concept SUV specifically for dog lovers

In the cabin, the driver and passenger get a so-called 'dog-cam', which is integrated into the X-Trail's infotainment system. The two-camera set-up allows the owner to see the dog in real time on the seven-inch touchscreen, while the dog can see its owner on a 10-inch LCD display in the rear. There is also an audio link allowing the owner to talk to his or her dog to keep it calm.

All the attachments for the various fixtures, such as heads for the dog shower, are stored in a pull-out utility drawer accessed via the boot, while other dog accessories can be placed in special storage bins.

As an optional extra, customers can specify a dog guard to separate the boot and cabin areas.

Ryan Gains, chief marketing manager for the X-Trail, said: "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."

Whether the concept makes it into series production or not, it's sure to give other car manufacturers paws for thought.