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Nissan takes the Rogue to the dogs

Nissan takes the Rogue to the ...
This special pet pass-through in the rear seats of the Rogue Dogue is particularly clever
This special pet pass-through in the rear seats of the Rogue Dogue is particularly clever
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The 2017 Nissan Rogue, which became the platform for the "Rogue Dogue"
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The 2017 Nissan Rogue, which became the platform for the "Rogue Dogue"
Because no concept vehicle is complete without debut show plates, the Rogue Dogue has New York plates for its NYAIS debut
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Because no concept vehicle is complete without debut show plates, the Rogue Dogue has New York plates for its NYAIS debut
Obviously things in a project vehicle of today must be both imprinted with their name and include a hash tag
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Obviously things in a project vehicle of today must be both imprinted with their name and include a hash tag
A removable rear cargo area separator creates an excellent pet partition
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A removable rear cargo area separator creates an excellent pet partition
These fold-down, spill-proof (let Fido be the judge of that) pet bowls are integral to the pet area of the Rogue Dogue
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These fold-down, spill-proof (let Fido be the judge of that) pet bowls are integral to the pet area of the Rogue Dogue
Special lining materials make the cargo area of the Rogue Dogue easier to clean
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Special lining materials make the cargo area of the Rogue Dogue easier to clean
A doggy first aid kit is included in the storage compartment at the rear of the Rogue Dogue
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A doggy first aid kit is included in the storage compartment at the rear of the Rogue Dogue
Built-in cameras and well-placed harness clips keep your dog in the back seat and capture the moments when he's interacting with the world outside the Rogue Dogue
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Built-in cameras and well-placed harness clips keep your dog in the back seat and capture the moments when he's interacting with the world outside the Rogue Dogue
More harness clips in the rear cargo area keep Fido secure when riding in the Rogue Dogue
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More harness clips in the rear cargo area keep Fido secure when riding in the Rogue Dogue
This Orwellian device is actually a dog wash wand that runs off a water reservoir in the Rogue Dogue
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This Orwellian device is actually a dog wash wand that runs off a water reservoir in the Rogue Dogue
The blow dryer hose connects to a port in the rear cargo space and runs from vehicle power
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The blow dryer hose connects to a port in the rear cargo space and runs from vehicle power
Of course, a good blow dry is a must before getting back into the Rogue Dogue after an impromptu dog wash
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Of course, a good blow dry is a must before getting back into the Rogue Dogue after an impromptu dog wash
A built-in dog wash helps keep your dog clean because, as we all know, dogs love baths almost as much as cats do
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A built-in dog wash helps keep your dog clean because, as we all know, dogs love baths almost as much as cats do
This special pet pass-through in the rear seats of the Rogue Dogue is particularly clever
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This special pet pass-through in the rear seats of the Rogue Dogue is particularly clever
What special project vehicle would be complete without its own keyring?
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What special project vehicle would be complete without its own keyring?
A dog poop bag dispenser is built into the wall of the Rogue Dogue
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A dog poop bag dispenser is built into the wall of the Rogue Dogue
This slide-out, fold-out dog ramp to help Fido get in and out of the Rogue Dogue is a pretty good idea, we think
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This slide-out, fold-out dog ramp to help Fido get in and out of the Rogue Dogue is a pretty good idea, we think
Older dogs and those who don't want their pup jumping in and out of the car will like this ramp idea
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Older dogs and those who don't want their pup jumping in and out of the car will like this ramp idea
A canine pet sling keeps the rear seats clean and protects them from a dog's nails during transit in the Rogue Dogue
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A canine pet sling keeps the rear seats clean and protects them from a dog's nails during transit in the Rogue Dogue
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Nissan has created the ultimate dog-friendly Rogue crossover with the prototype "Dogue" project vehicle. Designed to have every conceivable option to appeal to dog owners, the Rogue Dogue was created by Dennis McCarthy, car coordinator for the Fast & Furious film franchise. Let the obvious puns and wordplay commence.

Nissan debuted something similar last month with the Xtrail 4Dogs project vehicle for the United Kingdom. Using similar ideas geared towards American dog owners, the Rogue Dogue also adds in a lot of groan-worthy attitude that's sure to elicit eye rolls from those who are secretly entranced by the idea of a family car aimed specifically at the four-legged members.

The Rogue Dogue was designed by McCarthy as a "fast & fur-ious" tribute to the family dog. Special equipment was included, most of which is similar to that shown in the UK last month. Where the UK version was based on a survey of Kennel Club members on that side of the pond, this American Rogue went to the dogs after a survey of dog owners in the US.

With phrases like "more fun that driving around with your head out the window" and "pack-ages" of gear to cater to the dog owner, the Rogue Dogue also has some interesting and even useful ideas incorporated in its pet-centric design elements.

Older dogs and those who don't want their pup jumping in and out of the car will like this ramp idea
Older dogs and those who don't want their pup jumping in and out of the car will like this ramp idea

The secured dog bed in the rear cargo area is interesting, but the slide-away dog ramp for easing Fido's entry and exit from the vehicle and the specially-designed pass-through fold-down rear seat section is downright thoughtful. The built-in shower and drying station might be a bit gimmicky, but the easy-clean custom materials and removable pet partition are genius.

Other additions include spill-proof food and water containers that fold down for use, a poop bag dispenser mounted to the inside wall of the cargo space, a doggy first aid kit, harness clips in both the cargo section and the rear seat to keep the pooch in place, and a second row dog hammock for ultimate ride-sharing luxury.

Also included are some cool passive cameras that record the dog's activity during road trips, including one that records things out the window so when your family friend makes friends with people in the next lane, it's ready to be the next viral YouTube moment.

"Everything that we built into the Rogue Dogue project are actually very possible to add to a production Rogue, though you do compromise available rear cargo area slightly for the ramp, storage compartments and the food and water dispensers," said McCarthy. "But really, next to your family, your dog is your most important cargo, so why not?"

Source: Nissan

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