Nissan Canada has announced it is expanding the availability of its Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver assists by making it standard on 11 models for the 2021 model year.
According to Nissan Canada, the suite’s six features – forward collision detection with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear automatic braking – are already included in the Sentra, Leaf, Maxima, Qashqai and Titan.
(Nissan.ca presents different information for the 2020 Maxima and Leaf, but we've confirmed both cars do already come standard with all of the Safety Shield features.)
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What we know for sure is that, for 2021, Nissan’s Kicks, Rogue, Pathfinder, Armada, Murano and Altima will add Safety Shield 360 to their entry-level models. Some of those cars were already standard with some advanced driver assists or could be optioned with them, so here’s a model-by-model look at which features the base models of each of those vehicles gain in their adoption of Safety Shield 360.
Nissan's Kicks subcompact crossover gains automatic high beams in its transition to the 2021 model year. The 2020 version already includes the other five elements of the company’s safety suite.
The 2021 Rogue compact utility vehicle has an all-new design. The Rogue’s outgoing 2020 model has forward automatic collision detection with automatic braking, but the new version gains a pedestrian detection function. Also new to the 2021 model are auto high beams, lane departure warning, and rear automatic braking.
Nissan’s five-seat mid-size SUV offering, the Murano, currently only comes with basic forward collision detection with automatic braking. For 2021, its base model gains a pedestrian detection function, plus the other five Safety Shield 360 items.
New to the mid-sized, three-row Pathfinder are forward pedestrian detection (it already had collision detection with automatic braking), rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, automatic headlights, lane departure alert, and rear automatic braking.
The full-size Armada SUV already boasts rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning with auto braking. For 2021, Safety Shield 360 brings forward pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.
Finally, the 2020 Altima family sedan comes standard with only forward collision warning with auto braking, so the 2021 version adds automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear automatic braking, and rear cross traffic alert.