Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept unveiled at the 2016 Hannover Motor Show is a durable and tough all-terrain pick-up. The Enguard Concept of the Navara was designed to operate as a life-saving rescue platform in some of the world's most harsh and extreme environments.
The roof of the Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is 136mm higher than a standard Navara, and also has the capacity of accommodating a 360-degree lighting rig with emergency strobe lights. Being a rescue truck it is packed with vital equipment suitable for emergency and disaster recovery work, including an advanced drone to provide vital intelligence about what dangers rescue crews might face.
The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept has the world debut of a prototype portable battery pack, designed and developed by Nissan. It utilizes the brand's tried and tested EV battery technology, already available on the road in the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF and e-NV200. With more than 250,000 Nissan EVs sold worldwide, the company is at forefront of this fast-developing sector and ideally placed to apply its expertise to explore new vehicle sectors and consumer opportunities in the future.
The battery packs are constantly in 'charge' mode when they are docked, using power generated by the vehicle's 2.3-litre 190PS twin-turbo diesel engine to ensure they're ready for emergency use when required. Each is a 2kW unit and utilises seven Nissan EV battery modules inside a weather-proof machined aluminium housing.
2 input (charge) sockets and five output (discharge) sockets are integrated into each battery pack, which features recessed ends to allow it to be carried easily. In a rescue environment they could be used to operate specialist cutting or heavy-lifting equipment, and have been specifically designed to provide an efficient alternative to a petrol generator.
The EnGuard concept is also equipped with a powerful DJI Phantom 4 drone, the drone can send still images and video to rescue crews. The drone is stored in the truck’s bed, and controlled from a 20.5-inch screen mounted near the back of the bed. Nissan also included a first-aid kit, complete with defibrillator.
Nissan incorporated two large TV monitors for viewing the drone’s live video feed. The screens which electronically rise from the bed walls, facing outward just behind the rear wheels. The three-pound Phantom 4 is capable of flying to nearly 20,000 feet in altitude, has a maximum airspeed of nearly 45 mph, and can fly for 30 minutes on a single charge.
Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, Corporate Vice President, Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan, commented: "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, showcasing how our award-winning pick-up is perfectly suited to tackle the toughest terrain and save lives."
Report has it that Nissan has no specific plans to put the EnGuard into production, but it does represent the kind of thinking behind the carmaker’s “Intelligent Mobility” strategy. The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is really a master piece.