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:
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/