Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs Review Mar 20, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
For those of us who love our pooches, the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs concept appears to offer exactly what we have been looking for. This is a modified version of the Nissan X-Trail, a European model similar to the Rogue found in the U.S. Essentially, the cargo area has been dramatically enhanced to make it dog-friendly, transporting your pooches in comfort and safety.
The Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs concept does more than just give you a designated area to transport your dogs. It also gives you space to store everything you will need to take care of them. There is a drawer underneath the load floor with a hose to help you wash your dogs and another hose to dry them off. There is also a ramp under the floor, which you can deploy to let even the shortest or oldest dogs get in the vehicle on their own four paws.
Of course, the cargo area itself sees the majority of the enhancements. These include a treat dispenser, a dog bed for comfort, and a water bowl that won’t spill. There is also a clip-on safety harness, so you don’t have to buy one separately. Don’t worry about your pooch getting cold, either; the integrated drying system will also deliver warm air to the cargo area. The only part of the cargo area that seems unnecessary in our opinion is that it is lined in leather instead of a more economical material. Since this is just a concept, however, that may not stick around if the X-Trail 4Dogs becomes a reality. The leather may seem a bit excessive to us, but others are quick to point out that it is much easier to get dog hair off leather than cloth.
While the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs concept clearly aims to provide everything your furry companions need, it also has the technology you want. In addition to the built-in screen, the concept even has a two-way camera. This way, you can keep an eye on your pooches while they’re riding in the designated cargo area, and they can even see your face and hear your voice to help keep them calm. Since the screen in the cargo area is 10 inches, your dogs should have no problem recognizing your face.
The one downside of the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs is that it is just a concept and, as much as we love it, this vehicle shows no signs of entering production in the near future. To make matters worse, most of the accessories found in it aren’t even available through Nissan. The exception is the dog guard that helps add some protection between the cargo area and second row. For now, drivers with dogs will have to settle for the normal version of the X-Trail and use the concept as inspiration for adjustments that can make it even more dog-friendly.