Nissan Dualis+2 released
12th August, 2010
New to the Nissan crossover 'family' in Australia
• Longer and taller than Dualis
• Seven seats always on board for permanent flexibility
• Stow away third row
• Sliding middle row
• Under floor storage in larger load area
• Silver roof rails
• VDC standard across range
• Choice of two trim levels
• CVT automatic transmission standard
• Manufactured in UK
On the crest of a new Dualis design, Nissan Australia announces the arrival of a 7-seat family wagon
version, dubbed Dualis +2.
Based on the innovative Dualis hatch concept, the Dualis +2 makes its showroom debut this week.
Nissan has moved the goalposts again, introducing the stylish family crossover, the Dualis+2, with
more space and a flexible seven-seat configuration and adding even more strongly to the appeal of the
new Dualis range.
Dualis+2 combines the best of both three-row people movers and the family hatchback with none of the
drawbacks. So it enjoys the driving dynamics, ride comfort and refinement of a finely tuned hatchback
with the added benefit of the practical interior of a bigger car. But what it has that MPVs and
hatchbacks don’t have is a striking, attractive exterior and interior design. At the same time previous
compact SUV customers will appreciate the third row of seats.
The SUV-influenced styling, ‘command’ seating position and driving enjoyment are all carried over from
the standard Dualis, but the greater length is aimed squarely at busy families seeking practicality
without sacrificing style.
Dualis+2 joins the original five-seat Dualis and the Murano to cement the company’s status as the
More Seats – More Space
Dualis+2 will be available in ST and Ti variants equipped with a CVT transmission.
A little longer and higher than the 5-seater Dualis, Dualis+2 is priced from $29,990* (for the ST 2WD)
to $36,890* (for the AWD Ti model).
Although sharing clear family design DNA with its 'sibling', Dualis+2 is nonetheless subtly different
from virtually every angle. Originating at Nissan Design Europe in London’s Paddington, the new model is
essentially identical to Dualis from the A-pillar forward… but everything else behind has been changed.
Longer and taller, Dualis+2 has been designed to provide greater interior space and more practicality.
External changes include new front and rear doors, side glass, a new tailgate and new-look grille.
Like its 5 seat sibling, Nissan Dualis+2 Ti models come with a huge fixed panoramic glass roof that
opens up the cabin to provide a sense of airiness – if the sun becomes too intense, then a sunshade will
glide into place at the touch of a button.
A 135 mm extended wheelbase and a 211 mm increase in length bring added space for larger families and
the ingenious third row of seats can be used by children or for occasional use by adults. Their reclining
backrests – with seven adjustment settings – will fold completely flat without the need to remove the head
restraints first, opening up the luggage space to give 550 litres (VDA), an increase of 140 over Dualis.
The standard full-depth roller-blind tonneau cover can be stored beneath the boot floor when the third
row seats are being used, while the under-floor storage lid can double up as a cargo divider if you need
to keep fragile items separated from heavier objects.
Second row passengers enjoy increased kneeroom and the 40/20/40 split backrest reclines over a range
of 15 degrees. Added versatility is provided by the centre ‘20’ portion which can be folded forward to act
as a large multi-function armrest, complete with two cup holders, a lidded storage box large enough to
hold personal music players and a power outlet.
The whole second row seat now slides (in a 60/40 split) fore and aft to improve ingress and egress,
whilst also offering the added benefit of more second row seat legroom or conversely more cargo area.
Mechanically, Dualis+2 follows the lead set by the original model with strut-type front suspension and
a fully independent multi-link rear set-up.
Suspension settings have been revised to take account of the extra weight and payload potential, while
steering assistance has also been re-tuned.
Chassis and Transmission
Two versions of the chassis are available, offering the choice of front-wheel drive (ST and Ti) or
sure-footed ALL-MODE 4X4 (in Ti only). Nissan Dualis+2 is powered by the familiar, lightweight all-alloy
MR20 2.0 litre engine.
The Dualis+2 comes standard with the highly efficient, fuel-saving CVT auto transmission, offering a
choice between ‘stepless’ changes or a manual over-ride with six fixed ratios.
The new Dualis+2 ST is well-equipped featuring power windows with driver’s one touch operation, air
conditioning, a drive computer, steering wheel mounted Bluetooth® handsfree phone, audio and cruise
controls, plus a four speaker CD audio system with MP3 connectivity.
A full safety package mirroring that of the five-star ANCAP rated five-seat Dualis includes VDC, six
airbags plus front seat active head restraints and seatbelt pretensioners.
In addition, the Ti model features an expansive panoramic glass roof, leather trim seats and steering
wheel, unique 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.
“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,” said Nissan Australia’s, Dan Thompson.
“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.
Dualis+2 is built alongside Dualis at Nissan’s Sunderland UK plant. Together, they represent a $A365
million investment including design, research & development, vendor tooling and plant preparation.
Dualis and Dualis+2: What’s Different
Although visually and mechanical similar, there are a number of fundamental changes that have been made
to the structure of Dualis to provide the practical seven seat +2 version.
The Main Dimensional Changes are:
• Wheelbase extended by 135 mm to 2,765 mm
• Height increased by 40 mm to 1,645 mm
• Overall length increased by 211 mm to 4,541 mm
• Headroom increased by up to 10 mm
• Knee room increased by 15 mm
• Luggage space increases to 550 litres (VDA)
• Rear loading height lowered by 13 mm to 770 mm
The Nissan Dualis+2 shares obvious design elements with the original, but when placed side by side the
differences between the two are equally clear. Longer overall by 211 mm, Dualis+2’s wheelbase has been
extended by 135 mm to ensure ample room in the cabin for seven passengers.
To provide good headroom in the middle and rearmost sets of seats, the roof has been lengthened and has
been restyled towards the rear of the vehicle, providing a flatter, taller profile. Both front and rear side
doors have also been altered: the window frames of the front door are squarer in line with the reprofiled
roofline, while the rear pair is completely new – longer by 135 mm and also with squarer window frames.
Lengthening the rear doors has increased ingress to the passenger compartment while access to the rearmost
pair of seats is further eased by revisions to the middle seat, which slides fore and aft.
Other styling changes include larger side windows at the rear of the vehicle to provide a light and airy
environment for occupants of the third row of seats.
Further differentiation between five and seven-seat versions is provided by a new tailgate with a deeper
rear window and revised bumper profile at the rear.
The tailgate opening increases from 962 mm in the Dualis to 1,186 mm in the seven-seater; loading height
has been reduced by 13 mm to 770 mm for ease in loading heavy items.
The Ti model features a huge panoramic glass roof – 140 mm longer than the equivalent feature offered on
Dualis – with a one-touch electrically operated sunshade.
Sliding 2nd Row
The main interior changes relate to the provision of a third row of seats. To ease access to the rear, the
middle seat now slides through 240 mm (in a 60/40 split) and the seat backs are split 40/20/40: the five-seat
version is split on a 60/40 basis. The backrest also reclines and has no fewer than nine adjustment positions.
The centre ‘20’ portion doubles as a seat or a generously wide multi-function armrest.
Folding 3rd Row
Designed for children or adults up to approximately 1.6m tall, the angle of the backrest has seven adjustment
settings and can be folded completely flat to increase luggage space. The seats split on a 50/50 basis and each
can be folded away simply by pulling on a single strap: there is no need to remove head restraints first.
When folded away, there’s a large flat loading area left behind which provides 550 litres of potential
luggage capacity, an increase of 140 litres over 5-seat Dualis.
Folding both 2nd and 3rd rows opens up a van-like 1,520 litres.
Nissan Dualis+2 has a full depth roller-blind style tonneau cover. With the rearmost seats folded it can be
used conventionally but if the third row of seats is to be occupied, it can be removed and stowed in a special
compartment under the boot floor.
The lid of the underfloor stowage area, meanwhile, can also double as a cargo divider so fragile shopping –
eggs or bottles for example – can be safely loaded where it won’t be damaged by heavier items. The load area is
set off by a stylish stainless steel kick plate which offers protection to the leading edge of the boot floor
when loading heavy items.
Because it is larger than the five-seat Dualis, the new seven-seat version is a little heavier – kerb weight
increases by approximately 100 kg, depending on variant. Taking account of the extra weight, and the higher
payload potential, suspension settings have been revised and steering assistance retuned. The braking system is
essentially unchanged from Dualis, though larger front brakes have been fitted to take into account the
The 2.0-litre petrol engine – another all-aluminium 16 valve design – displaces 1,997 cc and develops 102 kW
power and 196 Nm torque. Some 90 per cent of that torque is available from 2,000 rpm providing the accelerative
‘punch’ more usually expected in larger engines.
The engine is available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) only. Fuel consumption over the
combined cycle is 8.5 l/100 kms in two-wheel drive form, while CO2 emissions are 199 g/km.
CVT is a computer controlled ‘stepless’ transmission providing a virtually limitless number of ratios,
ensuring the engine is always working as efficiently as possible, resulting in smoother acceleration as well as
better fuel economy and lower emissions.
It’s more comfortable, too: a long uphill drive in a conventional automatic will invariably be accompanied
by regular down shifts as the engine hunts for power.
With CVT, the engine revs stay constant as the transmission itself adjusts seamlessly to ensure momentum is
maintained. CVT also ensures less power loss, resulting in better efficiency and acceleration.
For a more sporty drive, the CVT system has a manual override. Operated via the central gear stick, six set
ratios can be accessed manually by nudging the lever forward or back.
Dualis+2 Prices (MLP*)
ST 2WD $29,990*
Ti 2WD $34,690*
Ti AWD $36,890*
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the various statutory