Nissan has taken its award-winning pick-up off road to produce an all-new concept – the Navara EnGuard.
The model, which was unveiled at this week's Hannover Motor Show, is the Japanese manufacturer's take on emergency rescue vehicles. Designed to tackle the toughest terrain and most extreme environments the world has to offer, the EnGuard is comprehensively equipped, and looks the part, too.
With a 50mm raised ride height, bespoke overfenders and moulded side steps, the EnGuard concept stands no chance of becoming stuck on boulder-strewn ground.
Fluorescent green effects on the wheels and side-steps ensure the EnGuard's visibility, while a powerful 360-degree LED lighting rig, with emergency blue strobe lights, is the cherry on top its redesigned roofline.
The concept also features a world-first prototype portable battery pack, which utilises the brand's tried and tested EV battery tech. Charged via the vehicle's 2.3-litre 190PS twin-turbo diesel engine, it is designed to be used in an emergency to power specialist cutting or heavy-lifting equipment – providing a safe and effective alternative to a petrol generator.
The pick-up boasts its own DJI Phantom 4 drone, an impressive piece of kit that can fly at speeds of up to 20 metres per second and to a height of 6,000m. With a 30-minute range, it relays images back to a pop-up HD screen hidden in the load bed wall in order to give the emergency responders a better view of their surroundings.
Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, corporate vice-president of Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan, said: "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."