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Unfortunately there’s no diesel or manual Dualis+2, that being the spec I’d go for in the range (I test drove a Dualis Ti 4×4 whilst looking last month for a new car and found the car to be too heavy for the engine’s pulling power, but otherwise good for the money). Still, the car’s much-needed equipment hole has been fixed
If they just had that diesel, maybe I’d have ordered one….
“car to be too heavy for the engine’s pulling power”
I found this when I drove the x-trail…
Agree. I drive the older model X-Trail which has plenty of power from a 2.4 petrol. When I drove the Dualis it struck me immediately as underpowered. I am frightened to think what a Dualis+2 is like to drive up hills with a load on. Put the diesel in it and re-launch it ASAP.
And an auto diesel at that. It would appeal to the masses. I’d also like to see a 2L turbo option. One of these with AWD, spritely performance and reasonable efficiency would have my $$$.
Diesel is for Taxi and long distance country drivers.
This car is new age of Nissan Pulsar.
I don’t know how success in Australian market, but it’s great city mover.
I am still wondering why more manufactures are not following the VW-group (inc Audi, etc) model of lower capacity turbo engines – you get heaps more torque with less fuel consumption too. The extra power is a bonus! Seriously – if the Dualis had a turbo engine with 135kw & 300+Nm it would rock.
engines like TSI from VW requires a lot of R&D..
for one thing,traditional turbos doesn’t last that long at all…
super chargers are the same.
how to keep the engine cool after you switch off the engine and fan? yeah they use water cool systems but if that’s the only way, we will most likely to see a price rise for japanese cars
i think japanese cars are not about high tech, they are about robust, long lasting, cheap to service and simple to repair..thus, normally cheaper than euro brands.
get the AWD model, bin the standard engine, get a pulsar gti-r sr20det and mod the crap out of it, drop it in.. voilà sports suv with 300hp at all four wheels
Yeap and lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ in a few years when it WILL go AWOL
Keep technology simple and cheaper in the long run
A nice improvement on the original, has a bit of a Volvo look to it
Matt, well done on the photo essay.
Very handsome facelift!
This car represents serious good value for money… too bad though as the engine is a bit underpowered. I can see 4 adults and 3 kids in the 2+2 causing the engine to rev rather hard. Really needs a diesel or at least the 2.5.. which doesn’t physically fit aye?
The 2.0 ltr engine is merely a shortstroke version of the 2.5 donk. The engine are the same hpysical dimensions. I cannot understand why Nissan would not a) fir the 2.5 version in the frame and b) not offer the 2.0 ltr diesel here in OZ. The car is clearly underpowered for the market niche Nissan expects itto fulfil. The Ti with the glass roof and with a decent power output and some jazzy colours as well as some light coloured interiors (what is it with doom black in side for Chris’ sake!) would snap the youth market and also with the extra power would entice those who want a small SUV but with some grunt for the open road and hills.
I for one do not want a large SUV but need a tall vehicle to get in and out of but wish that there was some grunt in the current offerings. Also the CVT does nothing better that a 6sp semi-auto would do.
Come on NISSAN get with it! The Koreans are starting to lap you!
Nissan doesn’t put 2.5L in the Dualis to avoid cannibalizing the X-Trail. But it may have to do it eventually to fend off the ix35
No rear air vents is a big omission. It’s bad enough not having it in the 5 seater but nothing on the 7 seater is beyond any reason. Nissan must want the kids sitting in the back to pass out from a lack oxygen. Nissan should see (and learn) what Honda does with it’s Odyssey with regards to 2nd and 3rd row air ventilation.
This is a big omission for most large/(suv) imported cars. Must agree thought it looks better on the outside. Odyssey to me belongs in the people mover catagory.
Dude, its called open some windows, or turn up the air conditioning whilst pointing it away from yourself.
totally agree with you, if nissan can engineer it to carry 7, surely nissan can engineer some vents in the back
front looks a bit weird the red does it no favours
the glass roof would be sweet it it opened
i think the red front looks great, a lot more aggressive than the series 1. id take the sunroof but alot of people complain that they let trough to much heat even with the shade closed… could have made it a option…
Like the rest of the +2 a lot, but it must have set a new low power/torque record for a 7 seater! Can’t recommend.
Very nice car, good pricing. My dad bought a Kia Rondo last year. If this car (+2) was available it’s very likely that it’d took the sell from Kia.
This car looks great.. I would probably consider it if their was a more powerful engine.. A diesel option would also be nice… I thought the UK had a 110kw diesel??
If they’re going to have the exact same specification levels, then howcome the Dualis Ti+2 (Featured in white in the above images) has headlight washers, indicating a possible Bi-Xenon lighting system, yet the 5seat in red doesn’t?
Lol I noticed that too, and also the Nissan Aus website says that roof-rails are standard on all Ti models and the real pics on any website I haven’t seen them…
Only on the Ti AWD.
The new design looks great, and this car is seriously good value – under $30k for a 7 seater!
But it desperately needs the 2.0dci engine; let’s hope the noises Nissan are making about bringing this into the lineup later this year come good…
I agree – the 2.0 dci engine (as found in the diesel X-Trail) would be great IF Nissan can resolve the oil vapour problems plaguing this engine at the moment.
Massive improvement style wise on the old model.
The 18″ wheels do wonders
I agree the red model is both miles ahead of it’s predecessor and most of it’s competition, imo. But the +2 looks terrible from the rear: the same small taillights with taller rear windows and rear windscreen, which make the lights look even smaller and also the makes the car looks like a bus from he rear.
i like the red colour. but it needs a rear spoiler and a rear bottom diffuser.
the sides are quite boring. need to take some cue from BMW or even ix35.
the current nissan diesel engine is plagued with vapour problem….perhaps they can steal the diesel engine from ix35.. LOL…:)… good artist copies…great artist steals…
OK value but at 35k for the 4wd version, I’d prefer the i35 or upcoming Kia Sportage. Nissan’s piss weak diesel (old Renault clunker) is no match for the modern dependable Korean diesels. Also the 6 speed auto in the i35/Sportage kills the CVT nissan.
Diesel ix35 will outsell this car by miles. If you havnt driven a ix35 you should and you will be very surprised at how good it is. The 2.0l petrol and the CVT make this car underpowered and undesirable. Wake up Nissan the Koreans are going to eat you.
ix35 is more expensive, and doesn’t have a 7seat option. And Hyundai also have an even cr@ppier 2.0 petrol engine in the even heavier base model ix35.
When Nissan bring the diesel option in later this year the ix35 is going to look seriously overpriced…
Even crappier engine? Dude the ix35 and new Sportage’s 2.0L pump out 122kw compared with Nissan’s wimpy 102kw.. I’ve driven all 3 and sorry but the Nissan loses..
Same torque pulling more weight…do the maths and its not hard to find the answer
The Infiniti range, 370Z and GTR have no Korean competition!
One or two superior mass market Korean cars do not dictate overall supremacy!
The IX35 (which I have driven), is vastly overrated. The quality of the Dualis interior, ride is streets ahead! The saving grace of the Hyundai is the Diesel engine/box!
Why does the centre seat belt for the middle row have to be located on the roof. That’s terrible having a seatbelt hanging from the roof in this day and age.
I agree that a diesel is required for this to make it worth buying. Those petrol engines are just not powerfull enough for a car this size.
Those silver roof rails are only on the 4×4 model, the 4×2 does not get them, that is why you do not see them on all of the photos. The centre lap/sash seat belt can be tucked away out of sight into the roof so does not have to hang down. If you have driven the car the CVT transmission is so smooth, the Koreans cannot possibly compete. Great car with an even better upgrade.
To anyone who thinks this looks good – get your eyes tested before taking to the road again. Looks like they outsourced the design of the front end to Daewoo. Absolutely hideous.
I for one love the look of this Car. Will definately be looking at test driving one when they are released. As for the Hyundai, its mores expensive and I doubt it would have the same resale value that the Nissan will
I bought a Nissan Dualis ST 4WD manual on 21 January 2008 for $34K, & the reliability of the car has been fantastic. Gets 10 litres per 100 kms fuel economy around town all the time on E10 fuel. Haven’t even changed the tyres yet.
Always serviced, & done less than 250 kms a month. Has dash mat, Nokia hands free car kit & phone, full documentation & extended warranty until 2015 with the local dealership.
Interior is spotless, with a few minor shopping centre scuff marks on the front & rear bumper bar only.
Car is mainly used to drive a family member to regular visits for medical attention, to & from work, & to go shopping. Never been in an accident, & never driven hard.
This car has plenty of life left, & we are looking to upgrade to a larger car to meet family needs.
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Here is a hint Mark! You might not want to advertise the fact that you use E-10 all the time! People who know and care about cars will cringe!
At 34k purchase price, they seen you coming!
The 12v socket stand out way to much looks tacky, could make it alittle more discrete!
Also what is the point of having a lot of bluetooth controls in the stero/radio controls? That will make it more dangerous than looking through your phone, just put it all on the steering wheel!
i own one and it does have bluetooth controls on the steering wheel
Look much better than the current model in all aspects. I drove the CVT one the other day as a loan car, I think it’s under power, it’s might Ok for city driving but on the free way, extra caution have to be taken when overtaking. I also don’t see the point to add another extra two seaters for the same engine that’s already under power. However, I was surprised to see the trip computer of my loan car had 720km distance to empty, it’s very economical for a 2 little engine 4WD car.
We already have them displayed at the dealership and already since Sunday we have had around 30+ pre-orders for the Dualis series II
Collect our new Series II – TI, AWD, CVT Auto Dualis on Friday. Very very happy with the purchase and with the added (optional) reverse park sensors my wife won’t have any issues with the poor rear visibility. The optional tow bar (towing the kids trail bikes) will also add a little extra protection. As we also don’t intend to ‘drag race’ this car the 2.0 ltr Petrol combined with a very smooth CVT Auto (easily compares to the CVT on my Audi) should be excellent, as it was on our numerous test drives. BTW – the 18″ Alloys are just brilliant, combined with the new look front and extra chrome tweaks, this will look awesome.
They should have done 7-seating configuration to the X-Trail instead. With size comparable to an Outlander, the car itself is big enough to accommodate two more people, and with the advantage of a diesel option, it could carry them with much less struggle.
There’s hardly any 7-seat diesel around here, so Nissan should take the advantage while they’re ahead.
I can see the +2 do really well since there is no real alternative in oz market. Both mazda5 or s-max are better alternative but not available here for some reason.
Collect my new manual Series II ST Dualis on Friday and could\’nt be any happier with my purchase, the manual transmission works reasonably well and is responsive, cruising is flawlessly smooth and quiet, all these coupled with its 5 star Ancap rating gives an overall good feeling driving in it.
I have been driving the new look Series 11 since April ….. and loving it.
AWD Manual has enough power with one or two on board. A full car or towing something will slow her but the manual helps to adjust the drive accordingly.
Looks great in black, 18″ alloys, roof rails and moon roof. The ride is supremely comfortable, quiet, steering is smooth and balanced. I added the rear parking sensors and with leather seats, bluetooth (with steering wheel control), 6 stack CD with random selection option, cruise control, MP3 connection, seat heaters, for under $32k, this car is fantastic. Great value!
The 2wd manual has plenty of go actually, I have one. They are 1.6Liters in the Uk usually for the exact same car and have sold about half a million in Europe…it is 2L here standard. Back aircon vent isn’t really an issue as it has a circulating vent that blows cool air over the back. The main thing to check on is if you are too tall (over 175cm) to drive the Ti without hitting the sun visor when you lean forward.
Purchased the ST Series II CVT model on the weekend – pick it up in a few days and cannot wait! Being tall and with a disability – getting in and out of the car is an absolute breeze! Controls all at your fingertips the smooth CVT drive is just nice and oh so very quiet. Rear park assist is a must to buy for this vehicle!
Dualis+2 is an excellent family car with all the features you would expect from an upmarket car this decade. Handling is good and interior seating, comfort and instrumentation is excellent. We drove the Mazda CX7, Mazda 6 2010 model, the Honda CRV, and the new Subaru Kazashi before we settled on the Dualis +2.
As with any new car one drives, the interaction with the engine takes getting used to. I compared my heavier foot driving style to that of the cruise control and learned quickly that this car responds very well up the hill, and extremely well down the straight if the pedal is approached with consideration. This gives me great comfort that this is a safer car as it will not lend itself to the heavy pedallers – one of the many items contributing to is ANCAP 5 Star Safety Rating.
Given that Dualis is manufactured, tested and QA’d in the UK (and not some third world country) there is an edge in terms of value and quality. My comment to my wife was that her Dualis+2 has everything in terms of luxury, features and instrumentation that my 2010 German built car provides, but at half the price!
The Nissan Dualis is at the moment one of our best selling cars and has received great interest. I welcome anyone to come in Brighton Nissan for a test drive.
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The Dualis is a textbook example of how you can take a flop and make it a hit without re-engineering it. Re-trim the car, reduce the price, market it in the right niche (hatch with high driving position instead of miniature off-roader) and market it HARD (in Melbourne, besides big TV and print spends, they bought out Flinders St Station for a month- billboards, banners, stuff hanging from the ceiling, the works). Paid off very nicely for Nissan.
Nissan qashqai has been one of the top selling cars in the uk and I suspect it will be for a long time in the future, If your interested in the qashqai also known as Dualis then check out theqashqaiclub.com which is a club for all qashqai (dualis) owners.
Waiting for mine!
Can yoi sort out the register link on the Theqashqaiclub.com as it just errors
Parking is a breeze but reversing sensors or rear view camera are not offered as standard equipment anywhere in the Dualis lineup (can be installed as a dealer fitted accessory).
Does anyone know what the cost of the rear sensors or the reversing camera works out to be?
Rear parking sensors – $485
Reversing camera not available as an accessory
Nissan are way behind on the 8ball with Reversing Cameras!
These things should basically be standard on any SUV style vehicle
hey guys, I check out Nissan Dualis +2 today…and…all I can say I was a bit disappointed. Cockpit hight is just not enough, I expected something a tad more spacious…but, nope…just the right size(medium to high) on the outside, but just average -read “small”(in size)on the inside. I was testing a Ti version with sun roof, and when I closed the roof I actually felt claustrophobic inside).
Boot space is also not as I expected (maybe I am comparing it too much to the ‘Toyota cV6′ boot-and that one is a winner), and 3rd row of seats has almost no leg depth -it is basically intended to be used for kids(people) up to 1.50 in hight… cockpit controls are decent and won’t disappoint
All in all, it’s a cute looking SUV alike car , but not spacious inside, and that is the biggest letdown for me.
Haven’t driven it, mainly because I wasn’t interested regarding lack of interior space. There are better SUV lookalikes on the market with the same price tag. So I,m moving on…
Hi….did you find any alternates for Dualis+2 in the same price category?
I just purchased the +2 Ti after looking at heaps of other SUV styled cars. The look and features of the +2 is so much better. I dont care about the power of the engine, but more the features and look of the car. Everyone who sees the car thinks it looks amazing and inside with the black leather and white stitching is the bizz. the amount of space is fine as it is our family 2nd car and we have 3 kids. i love driving it everyday and feel good when inside.
Just ordered mine on Oct, +2 Ti 2×4 Black can’t wait for it to arrived
yeah, Black looks awesome !
i love the idea of the +2, but think nissan should also offer this on the X-Trail.
I have a T31 Series 1 (Late 2007) and i think its a pretty good bus, if the new Xtrail (T31 Series 2) had a +2 option i would almost definitely get one with the 2.0Diesesl !
The 2.0 in the Dualis sounds like it might be a bit under done, the 2.5 in the Xtrail goes like a gun when the CVT gets the gears right
I have been asking for a diesel Dualis in Japan since buying the 2.0L Petrol version in 2007, even of this one is a very practical car for a small country with occasional typhoons and then deep winter snow..
Perhaps the dealers are a bit deaf?
“NISSAN, MAKE AND SELL A CLEAN DIESEL DUALIS IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD AND MAINTAIN THE RUN OF SUCCESS OF THIS MAGNIFICENT VEHICLE.”
Job done )
have driven the Ti+2 for some time and can’t be happier.
with this price and package, who would care about the underpower issue on the +2.
as long as it does the job around town, ocassionally with 7 people.
it is a very practical car. why do you need to power accelerate or overtake people all the time anyway.
that’s correct, here in OZ speed limit in town is usually 60 or 80 or max. 100kph. so, why you need more power.. So, I think the 2.0litre engine is just right for nissan dualis +2
I like it but I wouldn’t consider buying one until they come out with a diesel!
Brill car; had 5-seat 2L for almost 3 years now, would only ever swop for a 2L DIESEL Dualis 7-seater.
Why are Nissan FRIGHTENED of putting sliding doors on the Dualis and/or the X-Trail?
Tch, given away another great idea, going to be ignored?
I have the previous model – ST 2WD Manual. Find the power to be fine. it have an 0-100km time of 10.2 seconds.
I live up a big hill and it goes up in 4th gear without raising a sweat. The engine has a nice spread of torque that works well with the gearbox. Bad points? Too much tyre rumble, I hope the have improved it with the new model but note that the sound deadening was concentrated on the firewall and front window. The rumble comes mainly from the back wheels in my one. The stereo has not been upgraded to take a USB input. I hate the headphone jack style plug hidden in the centre console bin in mine. I hope they have improved the standard speakers.. They were the worst OEM’s I have ever experienced in a new car.
I am Thinking to Buy Dulis 2+ Ti AWD.. What is your opinion Guys. My main Aim is the Fuel Economy…
I cannot believe that a huge corporation like Nissan did not release a diesel option ? Especially considering that you may have to wait from 3 – 5 months for an equivalent in the Hyundai IX35 or Kia Sorento ? What are they thinking ???
With sales in Diesel vehicles at figures like never before, why would you release a revamped model and NOT include a diesel range? Quite disappointed. I was sold, until I read that the sunroof doesn’t do anything but sit there and the engine comes in one fuel model. Sorry Nissan, beautiful, but it appears to stop there.