I got to experience the brand’s pioneering technologies, which can be found in the X-Trail, the Qashqai and the Juke. All of these have been implemented to help aid the driver, safely and conveniently.
Down Hill Decent Control: X-Trail
Nissan has included Hill Decent Control (HDC) in the X-Trail’s range of features. HDC controls vehicle braking on a steep decline, which frees the driver to focus on steering inputs. This feature also complements Nissan’s All Mode 4x4-i function. With 4x4-i the driver has the option of selecting 2WD AUTO, or 4WD from inside the cabin. All Mode 4x4-i can distribute up to 50 percent of the engine’s power to the rear of the vehicle during on-road or off-road driving. The system includes the Hill Start Assist, which prevents the vehicle from rolling back when the driver pulls away on an incline.
A bird’s eye view: Qashqai
Many cars that are being sold today can be fitted with a surround view camera option. This feature includes a bunch of wide angle cameras which have been placed at specific points around the vehicle. The safety benefits are rather impressive, as I discovered. We arrived at a shopping centre parking lot where a small gymkhana was set up for us. The car’s windows were covered up and I had to use the image from the cameras – which is displayed on the centre-mounted seven-inch screen – to navigate around the course. Once I got used to this unnatural experience I realised how much of an advantage the cameras are. You are able to see things that you wouldn’t normally be able to see from inside the car. The car is also fitted with a motion detector system, which will alert the driver if an object or person is approaching the car. The cameras also help prevent you from damaging your rims at the drive-thru.
A mode for every mood: Juke
Probably one of the more radically designed cars of our time, the Nissan Juke does, however, offer some impressive technology. For example, the Nissan Dynamic Control System, which is managed through Nissan’s Integrated Control (I-CON). With this category-unique system, the driver can adjust engine characteristics and keep statistics of his or her driving performance. The system allows for a choice between Normal, Sport or Eco Driving that adjusts throttle response, turbo boost pressure, engine torque and air-conditioner usage. The Nissan Dynamic Control System borrows vehicle diagnostics from its sports-car brothers to allow the driver to measure and store all types of driving inputs, including cornering and acceleration G-force, mileage and fuel economy. Talking about fuel economy, I had to take part in a fuel economy competition using the Juke. I was impressed with the car’s fuel consumption figure after a 45-minute or so, trip. I averaged 5.4 litres/100km with four adults in the car. I had the aircon on and I drove the highway speed limit.
The upgraded Nissan Juke, new Qashqai and X-Trail now feature the NissanConnect system. This system, dubbed by some as a smartphone’s best friend, connects your phone to your Nissan and allows access and control of some of the most loved apps. The apps, music and other phone functions are controlled directly from the touch-screen display. NissanConnect seamlessly integrates the driver’s favourite iPhone or Android functions, including caller ID, Facebook check-in on arrival at the destination and music streaming - including track name and artist. The driver can also plug in his or her favourite USB, iPod or MP3 player through the USB port and listen to music while on the road.
These systems - and many others - have been put in place to aid you, the driver. I would advise that you take a look through your car’s user manual to check what your car is fitted with and how it works. You might be surprised at how little you actually have to do behind the wheel.
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