Nissan Europe has unveiled the X-Trail 4Dogs, a concept vehicle specially designed for dog lovers and their animal companions.
The seven-seater, 4x4-styled sport utility vehicle was designed with the help of a survey of 1,300 dog owners in the UK. Pet-friendly features include a two-way “dog cam”, a water shower, a doggie blow dryer and an access ramp for four-legged boarding. The camera, which doubles as the vehicle’s reverse-view camera, is installed in the dashboard’s infotainment display, and controlled with a toggle near the steering wheel.
The boot includes a kibble dispenser, or “Smart Dog Treat Bowl” – which can be adjusted to reward pooches with treats if they solve a puzzle – and a non-spill water dispenser. It also has two storage areas, a clip-in harness hook to keep the animals secure in transit, and is upholstered with a leather liner that can be wiped down and coated with a mild detergent. The boot ceiling is also wrapped in heavy-duty leather to avoid stains.
While the company has not yet announced plans for commercial release, the concept taps into the rise of animal-loving consumers driving demand for premium food, luxury services and innovative activities. See Pet Parents for more on this growing demographic.