Nissan Dualis Series II released
21st April, 2010
Nissan’s successful European-designed, British-built
Dualis compact hatch is evolving with the release of a Series II range that boasts a more refined,
premium look and valuable improvements in specification and efficiency.
The Nissan Dualis has exceeded company sales expectations every year since its launch in March 2007
in Europe, carving a sizeable niche for itself among customers wishing to merge the driving dynamics of
a small hatch with the practicality, versatility, and (in ALL MODE 4x4 guise) the sure-footedness of a
In Europe, and increasingly in Australia, the Nissan Dualis has become the savvy alternative to both
the traditional hatch and the bulkier SUV. Its five-star ANCAP rating, high level of equipment, plus the
economy and handling comparable with smaller cars, gives it segment-leading performance.
The Nissan Dualis has notched up 500,000 sales in Europe alone, a significant achievement. More than
80 per cent of Dualis customers have been new to the Nissan brand, underlining the appeal of the vehicle
Available in Australia in 2WD and ALL MODE 4x4, and attractively priced and well specified, the Nissan
Dualis has seen sales escalate sharply in past months and contribute a greater share of overall Nissan
The arrival of the Series II range, together with the new 7-seater Dualis+2 (due for release in July),
brings a further refinement of the model line-up, as well as some significant new additional
specification as standard.
For the top-of-the-range Ti model, the equipment list bulges with new features such as standard
panoramic sunroof, dual zone auto climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and the
Nissan Intelligent Key for keyless starting and entry/locking.
Aero efficiency improvements have reduced combined-cycle fuel consumption to 8.1 litres per 100 km
for the manual and 8.2 l/100 km for the CVT auto (a 0.1 litre/100 km saving over the previous model).
The new aerodynamic efficiencies, combined with revised engine management, also reduce emissions on
4x4 models by 7 gms/km (4x2 models 4 gms/km).
Range revamp and specification additions
The Series II Nissan Dualis introduces even more attractive features and equipment as standard across
the two existing grades, ST and Ti.
For Series II, the Nissan Dualis 2WD is available in both ST and Ti grades, while the Nissan Dualis
ALL MODE 4x4 chassis is only available in top-of-the-range Ti grade. Both 2WD and ALL MODE 4x4 are
available with either a manual or CVT auto transmission.
New features for Series II Dualis ST grade includes: new design 16-inch alloy wheels (with a full
size spare), steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth® handsfree phone system with steering wheel
controls and new exterior styling.
Carry-over standard equipment on the Dualis 2WD ST models include: Cruise control with steering wheel
controls, air conditioning, disc brakes all round, ABS/EBD with Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control
(VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS), MP3 aux input, and six airbags including front to rear SRS
The Series II Nissan Dualis 2WD Ti model adds a new panoramic glass roof with power sunshade, 18-inch
alloy wheels, dual zone auto climate control, Intelligent Key keyless entry and rear privacy glass.
This is in addition to the previously comprehensive standard equipment list comprising leather
upholstery, 6-CD in-dash auto-changer with MP3/WMA compatibility and 6-speakers, automatic headlights,
rain-sensing front wipers, front fog lights, front heated seats and front passenger under-seat storage.
In addition, the Series II Nissan Dualis ALL MODE 4x4 Ti model gains silver roof rails.
The most notable Series II changes from the outside are a completely revised front end, dominated by a
more sophisticated look.
The all new bonnet, front bumper, guards, grille and headlamps combine to give the Nissan Dualis an air
of added premium sophistication, presence and quality.
The two distinctive raised strakes on the bonnet are now longer, finishing closer to the front lip.
The front edge of the bonnet is shaped to more closely hug the headlamps, giving a tighter, more precise
finish, reinforcing the feeling of quality.
A more dynamic and aggressive headlamp shape adds greater presence to the front by being flatter than
the previous design. The visual effect makes the lamp appear to be wrapped around the front corner of the
The internal design of the headlamp unit is more technical, with intricate detailing for each of the
three elements – low beam, high beam and the turn indicator.
The lower bumper area has been reshaped around the air intake, to optimise airflow to the radiator, but
with the added benefit of giving a more purposeful appearance.
The original radiator grille is replaced by a sportier honeycomb design, which also adds to its air of
The grille retains the centrally mounted Nissan logo surrounded by the three-sided chromed frame, which
is Nissan’s signature grille motif for Cross-overs. The vertical arms of the chrome frame appear to be
continuations of the strakes set into the bonnet, giving further visual cohesion and strength to the
In addition to the new, stronger look, the revised panel work and grille designs assist an improvement
in aerodynamic efficiency, which leads to a lower coefficient of drag, and a small reduction in fuel
Styling changes at the rear are limited to a new, clear lens cover for the reversing and turn indicators,
and a lower red section for the brake and park lights.
New for the Series II Dualis are 12-globe LED stop lamps to provide maximum clarity.
Eagle-eyed observers will notice a slight reprofiling of the spoiler mounted atop the tailgate to reduce
aerodynamic drag still further.
Continuing the efficiency improvement theme are changes to the underfloor design to optimise airflow and
reduce drag. These include a smoother floor area around the engine, additional flat panels along the length
of the underbody and optimised deflectors around the front and rear wheels.
The sum of all these aerodynamic changes to the vehicle body reduces the coefficient of drag from 0.34 to
Minor retuning of the suspension serves to improve the ride comfort and responsiveness of a vehicle that
is already hailed by customers for its combination of hatch-like dynamic driving and robust compact SUV
Two new exterior colours have been added to the existing line-up of Blade, Flame Red, Pearl Black and
Cayman Blue: These are Mineral Grey and Nightshade. Both colours complement the philosophy of added
sophistication that runs through the overall restyling.
Additionally, a new 16-inch alloy wheel is fitted as standard to the Dualis ST 2WD, and a new 18-inch
light alloy wheel design is fitted to the Dualis Ti 2WD and AWD models.
The updated Series II Nissan Dualis will feature a new, cleaner instrument cluster design focused on
delivering added clarity and legibility to the main dials.
The road and engine speed gauges feature white increments on a black background, with red needles. They
are also surrounded with chrome bezels.
Within the RPM dial on the left of the binnacle, a smaller temperature gauge is mounted and mirroring
that on the speed indicator on the right, is the fuel gauge.
Between the two principal dials is a redesigned drive computer with a white LCD screen showing average
fuel consumption, distance travelled, elapsed time, range and cruise control settings.
New low-level lighting around the front footwells presents a warm, welcoming glow on entry.
Oddment storage has been improved to boost convenience, with a new cubby at the base of the central
dash column. This is ideal for holding a portable audio player.
For 2WD models where the ALL MODE selector is not fitted, there is a new space for keys and car park
tickets etc. conveniently located between the seats just behind the gear selector.
The Series II Nissan Dualis is now quieter and more refined inside thanks to the adoption of a new,
improved NVH-cancelling multi-layer insulation material affixed to the front bulkhead. In addition, an
‘acoustic’ windscreen reduces the transmission of noise, while wind noise from around the A-pillar has been
reduced with a new window sealing solution.
The Dualis was designed at Nissan Design Europe based in Paddington, London. Principal engineering was
undertaken at Nissan Technical Centre Europe, in Bedfordshire, UK. The Nissan Dualis models for Australia
are manufactured at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, in the northeast of England.
“The Dualis has played a key role in reinforcing Nissan’s position as an innovator in the European market, and
the recent introduction of the 2WD version in Australia has provided a spur to sales,” said Dan Thompson, CEO of
“The Dualis is a highly-competitive, stylish, safe and reliable Nissan 5-door that is able to win sales from
traditional small hatchback rivals in the Australian market.”
“It now accounts for almost 10 per cent of our sales in Australia, and this is expected to increase with the
arrival of the Series II models. We see the Dualis cementing its position as a design and innovation leader, providing
an exciting alternative to traditional hatches.”
New Nissan Dualis Series II Pricing (April 2010)
Dualis 2WD ST Manual - $24,990*
Dualis 2WD ST CVT - $27,490*
Dualis 2WD TI Manual - $29,690*
Dualis 2WD TI CVT - $32,190*
Dualis AWD TI Manual - $31,890*
Dualis AWD TI CVT - $34,390*
NOTE: * Manufacturer’s list price does not include dealer delivery fees or the various statutory charges.