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NISSAN has taken the cov­ers off its Navara Enguard Con­cept, a rig de­signed to save lives and sur­vive in the world’s most ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments.

Re­vealed at the 2016 Han­nover Mo­tor Show, the durable all-terrain pick-up is based on the dou­ble-cab Navara and is packed with equip­ment nec­es­sary for emer­gency and dis­as­ter­recov­ery work.

To help carry the ex­tra gear over any terrain the Navvie has re­ceived a fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion sys­tem with up­rated ny­lon bushes, re­sult­ing in a 50mm lift.

The front and rear wheel tracks have been widened by 80mm and 94mm re­spec­tively, with 285/75R16 off-road tyres on each cor­ner. More sen­si­ble 16-inch rims re­place the stock 18-inch alloys.

A snorkel has been fit­ted, as well as be­spoke fender flares over the wheel arches. Moulded side steps run along the flanks.

Down back is a load bed packed with res­cue equip­ment stored in two pull-out trays. Each twin-skin fi­bre­glass tray ex­tends by 800mm.

Part of the res­cue kit in­cludes a pro­to­type por­ta­ble bat­tery pack from Nissan. Util­is­ing the brand’s EV bat­tery tech, the packs are “con­stantly in charge mode, us­ing power gen­er­ated by the ve­hi­cle’s 2.3-litre diesel en­gine”. This en­ables the packs to al­ways be ready for emer­gency use. In­te­grated into each pack are two charge and five dis­charge sock­ets.

For­get­ting the res­cue uses, such a power pack would be ideal for pow­er­ing all your camp­site toys and gad­gets. Speak­ing of toys, the con­cept even has its own DJI Phan­tom 4 drone, to help with search and res­cue mis­sions in rugged and hard-to-ac­cess terrain.

While not for ev­ery­one, the Navara Enguard in­cor­po­rates some ideas that could be handy for the recre­ational four­wheel driver.

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