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Paws everything! Nissan has created the ultimate car for dog lovers

This is the ingenious Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs.

WE ALL KNOW that life can be ruff for our furry friends when travelling in cars… so Nissan has decided to invest in creating the paw-fect car for canines.

The Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs is the result. The Japanese manufacturer transformed the 445-litre boot of the regular X-Trail into a pooch paradise complete with soft beds, a no-spill water bowl and smart treat dispenser that your dog can operate by pressing a pad with his or her paw.

Not only does Lassie get to travel in luxury and comfort but also in safety too as there is a clip-on harness hook for added protection.

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When it is time for walkies, a pull-out ramp extends from the boot to allow a more graceful exit. When walkies are done, you take out the clever hoop hose (stop sniggering) – a 360-degree shower that you pass over your pet’s body, which gets rid of mud and keeps you from getting soaked.

Of course you can’t have them getting into the car with wet hair – so you just turn on the built-in dog hair dryer and within minutes their coat will be bone dry!

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To save weary legs the ramp can be extended again to allow easy access to the leather-clad doggie pad. The leather can be wiped clean so any stray dirt or pet hair can easily be cleaned and removed.

Special heating vents mean lovely warm air can be piped into the canine cabin through the interior drying system.

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If you start to feel separation anxiety from your lovable mongrel on the drive home you can calm yourself by checking up on Rover using the dog-cam. This is integrated into the X-Trail’s NissanConnect infotainment system and allows you to see everything your pet is getting up to on the seven-inch dashboard display.

And it works both ways – your dog gets an even bigger 10-inch screen in the back to see what their humans are getting up to! And if you forget to tell Toto what a good boy he is, you can just use the audio link to speak to him and let him know.

Vet Dr Rachel Homeny says:

The features in the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs are really well-considered, and make it perfect for taking pets out in all weathers. In particular, the wash and dry functionality allows dogs to be dogs, so owners don’t need to worry about messing up the car interior. This is a great concept that caters to the needs of man’s best friend.

The X-Trial 4Dogs is just a concept at the moment but we think that Nissan would be barking mad not to put this one into production.

Maybe they could make it a four by paw model. I can hear your howls of anguish now. Sorry (not sorry).

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