Many automakers today predict that midsize crossover utility vehicles will soon become the favourite among consumers and outsell truck-based SUVs. Crossover utility vehicles use car foundations; this typically means that they’re lighter weight and more fuel-efficient than SUVs but seat the same number of people at a similar height above the pavement to provide improved visibility for the driver.
A recent test drive of the 2012 Nissan Dualis revealed it to be a leader in this emerging crossover utility class.
Before even setting foot inside the car, the sleek and stylish exterior draws you in. The car features sporty and aerodynamic lines with alloy wheels and comes in a range of colours. The interior features sculpted, bolstered seats that guide you immediately to notice the high drive position. The stylish gauges and information systems keep drivers informed, and all are at your fingertips as you take to the road.
Once on the road drivers can experience the power of the Dualis’ lightweight aluminium 2.0 litre petrol engine. The vehicle features excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions in addition to agility and tremendous manoeuvrability, which make the Dualis perfect for city driving.
Urban driving is made even more desirable in the Dualis Ti-L model since it features a four camera ‘Around View Monitor’. This innovative technology provides drivers a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the vehicle, giving increased security because surroundings can be viewed from all angles.
The Nissan Dualis also excels in safety. The vehicle obtained the highest ANCAP occupant safety rating of 5-stars as a result of its highly sophisticated combination of safety features and systems. An impressive six airbags and a rigid body cell protect both driver and passengers in case of collision and a range of driving and braking systems are available to help drivers avoid dangerous situations in the first place.
The Nissan Dualis has the manoeuvrability and ease of driving that comes with most cars while also offering owners the flexibility and functionality of an SUV. Its sleek and stylish appearance, its range of safety and driving systems, as well as its fuel efficiency, combine to collectively place this impressive crossover utility at the top of its class. The Nissan Dualis is well worth the test drive.