Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Nissan | posted September 23, 2016 14:23
Features two unique battery packs for emergency use, high-flying drone
Nissan, it seems, is aiming to market their Navara pickup to emergency units and first responders.
Called the Navara Enguard concept, the automaker described it as 'a durable and tough all-terrain pickup' that was designed primarily for life-saving and rescue missions in the harshest of terrains.
It gets a plethora of performance, design and equipment upgrades over production models, including a prototype battery pack that was made in-house by Nissan.
Starting things off, the Navara Enguard concept gets a 50mm increased ride height for better ground clearance. It also has chunky off-road tires that measure 285/75, 16-inch alloy wheels and bespoke overfenders that are fitted on the front and rear wheel arches. Other changes made to the Enguard concept are the snorkel air intake, molded side steps, 360-degree LED lighting system, blue strobe lights, power winch on the rear bumper and a towbar that can pull up to 3,500 kg.
Perhaps the highlight of the Enguard concept is its fully loaded bed. It has two pull-out fiberglass trays that carry two-way radios, ropes, axe, oxygen tanks, life jackets, resuscitation kit buoyancy aids. Also stored at the back is a DJI Phantom 4 drone that can operate up to 6,000 meters. It can fly at up to 20 meters per second and can relay images to the concept's HD pop-up screen hidden in the load bed.
As mentioned, it has two unique portable battery packs. Still in its experimental stage, the batteries will allow operators to power certain equipment like heavy-lifters, cutting rigs and other machinery much like a generator. Nissan also claimed that it's quieter and has no emissions whatsoever.
When docked, the 2 kW battery packs are constantly in 'charge' mode and gathers power from the pickup's 190 PS 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel. Each battery has seven Nissan EV modules and are stored in a weather-proof machined aluminum housing. They can also be charged via solar panels and have several sockets.
Other features that present in the concept truck include a satellite-navigation system, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and a 360-degree Around View Monitor.
Nissan will be displaying the Navara Enguard concept at this year's Hannover Motor Show in Germany on the 29th of September.