Nis­san to the res­cue

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

MEET the Navara EnGuard con­cept, Nis­san’s ro­bust emer­gency res­cue ve­hi­cle that comes equipped with its own Phan­tom drone.

Un­veiled at the 2016 Han­nover Mo­tor Show, the Navara EnGuard con­cept has been de­signed to act as a self­con­tained res­cue sta­tion that can tackle the tough­est ter­rain.

Its flat-bed tray, split into two lev­els cour­tesy of new fi­bre­glass trays, is home to a heap of life­sav­ing equip­ment. The top tray has two-way ra­dios, rope and an axe, while the bot­tom tray has an oxy­gen tank, re­sus­ci­ta­tion kit and life jack­ets.

A new 360-de­gree LED light­ing set-up has been built into the Navara’s re­designed roofline, com­plete with blue strobe lights in each cor­ner, with more in­te­grated into the wheel arches, fog lights and rear lights.

If the lights aren’t enough, the flu­o­res­cent green paint used on the wheels and side­steps was cho­sen be­cause Nis­san’s re­search showed it was the most vis­i­ble op­tion, even to those ef­fected by colour blind­ness.

But the coolest bonus item is un­doubt­edly the on-board DJI Phan­tom 4 drone, which can climb to 6km and trans­mit its aerial view to a pop-up screen in the side of the load tray.

The EnGuard Con­cept also de­buts some nifty EV tech­nol­ogy from Nis­san, namely two por­ta­ble 2kW bat­tery packs that are charged via the Navara’s 2.3-litre twin­turbo diesel en­gine. Each pack con­tains seven Nis­san EV bat­tery mod­ules, stored in­side all-weather alu­minium cases that have been de­signed to be easy to carry.

The idea is that emer­gency crews can carry the packs to a res­cue site and use them op­er­ate their equip­ment with­out the need for a petrol gen­er­a­tor — mean­ing they can be used in en­closed spa­ces, too. Nis­san calls it its In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity Vi­sion, a pro­gram used to ex­plore how au­to­mo­tive EV tech can be used in other sec­tors.

“The Nis­san Navara is a tough and smart pick-up which our cus­tomers rely on to go any­where and do any­thing in their daily lives. The Nis­san Navara EnGuard Con­cept is an ex­ten­sion of that prin­ci­ple,” says Nis­san’s Light Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles vice pres­i­dent, Philippe Guerin-Boutaud.

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