Nissan to the rescue
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.