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Nissan Rogue goes to the dogs (in the best possible way)

Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:31 pm

Via The Car Connection: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/11 ... ssible-way

Dog-friendly options in a concept car.

Dog-lovers from coast to coast lamented the loss of the Honda Element*. To some, its boxy design might've felt awkward or too "early aughts", but the Element's relatively low stance (at least for a crossover) and easy-to-clean interior made traveling with Charley, Fido, and Fifi a breeze.

As four-wheeled pet carriers go, nothing has truly managed to replace the the Element since it was discontinued in 2011. However, that could change if Nissan's new take on the Rogue--the fourth best-selling vehicle in America last month---ever finds its way to the assembly line.

That take is a concept called the Rogue Dogue, and it's debuting at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. It's based on a 2017 Rogue SL with Nissan's Platinum Reserve Interior Package, but with a host of additional features to let dogs travel safely and in style. . . .

The Rogue Dogue includes all those and more dog-friendly touches, including:

    Easy-to-clean surfaces
    A removable, custom dog bed positioned in the rear cargo area
    Built-in, fold-down, non-spill food and water dispensers
    A built-in, slide-away dog ramp just above the rear bumper
    A built-in storage compartment for first aid kits and other necessities
    Heated air vents for the cargo area
    A removable pet partition between the second row seats and the cargo area
    A second-row hammock, for folks who like to keep their dogs further forward

Among the Rogue Dogue's more unique features are a 360-degree dog shower and a built-in dog-drying system. (Check the video above for a look at that. . . .)


*The main thing the Element lacked dog-wise was roll-down rear windows - they just popped out at the rear. Of course, if Dog was your Co-Pilot that wasn't an issue, although the safety implications for your dog in a crash certainly were: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/trav ... y-co-pilot

On another issue, should you have some spare cash lying around - http://dogcopilot.org/about-us/
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Re: Nissan Rogue goes to the dogs (in the best possible way)

Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:56 am

Watch your fingers on that ramp
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Re: Nissan Rogue goes to the dogs (in the best possible way)

Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:29 pm

LTLFTcomposite wrote:Watch your fingers on that ramp

I thought it looked a bit steep for older dogs. but presumably you could raise the end a bit with a piece of 4" x 4".
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