If you have ever owned a dog, you would perhaps know what is like to have one in the car. A mess, really. There's dog hair on the seats, paw prints on the carpets, no place to feed them, and if the dog's fur is slightly damp, God help your nostrils. Then there's the loneliness, it doesn't matter to dogs if their owner is just a couple of feet away from them on the front seat. They get lonely in the boot. Japanese carmaker Nissan has addressed all these issues and given some long due attention on creating a car that is dog friendly. Behold the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs.
The development of this car was tipped off by a survey carried out by a dog welfare organisation Kennel Club. About 99.9% of the respondents in the survey admitted to considering their dogs a part of their family.
The boot of the X-Trail was revamped to accommodate dogs with utmost comfort. It was lined with plush upholstery, equipped with food and water dispensers and also fitted with a two-way camera so the dog and the owner can see each other. And of course, a large comfy bed was added too. The car even gets a badge at the back, underlining its friendliness for dogs.
The car isn't just a good dog transporter, it also comes with an ingenious dog washer enclosed in a pull out tray beneath the boot floor. After washing, comes drying. X-Trail 4Dogs has that covered too with a dryer meant for dog fur.
The task of lifting your dog into the boot and getting your jacket all muddy or to convince him to jump in has been done away with a retractable ramp. Some training would be required so the dogs get used to the food and water dispensers and the ramp, but once that's done, there's no stopping family road trips with the family dog.
Although this car is in its concept stage, the dog guard at the back is a product available for purchase. It separates the 'dog area' from the 'human area' and hence the cabin upfront remains less chaotic. This video release is only for Europe right now and the company hasn't made it clear what all markets will receive this edition of the X-Trail and when.