Nissan Australia has today announced local availability of the 2010 Nissan Dualis+2, following the debut earlier this year of the 2010 Nissan Dualis Series II.
Longer and taller than the regular Dualis, the Dualis+2 is a seven-seat family wagon, built on a stretched version of the platform used by the Dualis 2WD and AWD hatch.
“Against rivals that tend to appeal to the head more than the heart, DUALIS+2 combines practicality with genuinely attractive design and a fun to drive attitude,” Nissan Australia’s Dan Thompson said.
“We are targeting active urban families who probably have only one or two children. But those children have friends and they have grandparents, meaning that a family outing can now be undertaken in one car,” he said.
The Dualis+2 is virtually identical to the Dualis from the A-pillar forward. From that point back, although similar to its shorter stablemate, the stretched version features squarer front doors and longer rear doors and side glass.
The roof has been lengthened, creating a flatter and taller profile than the regular Dualis.
The wheelbase has been extended by 135mm, to 2765mm, while overall length increases by 211mm to 4541mm. Height is up 40mm, and headroom has grown by 10mm. Similarly, knee room grows 15mm.
As with the updated Series II Dualis, the Dualis+2 gets restyled headlights, along with a new bonnet, bumper and grille.
At the rear, the tailgate and bumper have been redesigned - different even to the updated Series II Dualis - thanks to the seven-seater's taller rear end.
The new tailgate opening increases from 962mm in the Dualis to 1186mm in the seven-seat Dualis+2.
Like its five-seat sibling, Dualis+2 Ti models feature a large, fixed panoramic glass roof, with a power-sliding sunshade to block the harsh noon sun.
Inside, the 2010 Dualis features the same redesigned instrument cluster and drive computer as the regular Dualis.
The drive computer's displayed details include instant and average fuel consumption, distance travelled and distance to empty, and cruise-control information.
A sliding middle-row allows for comfort and space to be adjusted depending on the number and size of its passengers, as well as easier access to the rear seats. The middle-row also offers 60/40 split folding.
The centre seat in the middle row features a section which can fold forward, acting as a large multi-function armrest with two cupholders, a lidded storage box and a power outlet.
Separating it from the five-seat Dualis, the Dualis+2 offers a stow-away third row features in the rear. (watch for our upcoming 'first drive' review for details on the third row's space and comfort levels.)
When the rear and second-row 50/50 split seats aren't in use, rear storage is a huge 1520 litres, while folding just the third row offers a considerable 550 litres - 140 more than the regular Dualis.
The interior's load area features a stainless-steel kick plate, offering protection to the leading edge of the boot floor when loading heavy items. The lid of the under-floor stowage area can also double as a divider, separating fragile items from heavier objects.
The entry-level DUALIS+2 ST features power windows with driver’s one-touch operation, air-conditioning, a drive computer, steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth handsfree, audio and cruise controls, plus a four speaker CD audio system with MP3 connectivity.
A full safety package mirroring that of the 5-Star ANCAP-rated five-seat DUALIS (the Dualis+2 has yet to be tested by ANCAP) includes VDC, six airbags plus front seat active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners.
The range-topping Ti model features a large panoramic glass roof, leather trim seats and steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, upgraded in-dash six-disc changer with six speakers, Intelligent Key and dual-zone auto climate-control air-conditioning.
Mechanically, the Dualis+2 follows the lead of its five-seat sibling, featuring strut-type front suspension and a fully-independent multi-link rear setup.
Power for the Dualis+2 is drawn from the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 102kW and 196Nm of torque. Around 90 percent of that torque is available from 2000rpm.
Unlike the Dualis, the longer Dualis+2 is available with a CVT automatic transmission only. Fuel consumption is listed at 8.5 l/100km in 2WD form, while CO2 emissions are 199g/km. Nissan has yet to reveal consumption figures for the AWD model.
Around 100kg heavier than the shorter Dualis, the seven-seat Dualis+2 features revised suspension settings, along with retuned steering assistance.
The braking system remains mostly unchanged, although larger brakes now feature at the front to account for the extra weight.
The 2010 DUALIS+2 is available in Australia now.
ST 2WD - $29,990
Ti 2WD - $34,690
Ti AWD - $36,890
Prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include dealer delivery, region-specific fees or on-road costs.