Nissan has unveiled a Navara based all-terrain rescue vehicle called the Navara EnGuard.
Only a concept currently, Nissan aim to provide an all-in-one rescue solution to rescue-workers globally. To do so, Nissan have gone to incredible lengths to ensure the EnGuard is the last word in safety and rescue.
For instance, the EnGuard is fitted with a 360° LED lighting ring on the roof, along with strobe lights placed to be visible from all direction.
Careful consideration was given to the colours on the side of the car; Nissan’s research revealed fluorescent green to be the most visible colour in daylight, and also most easily recognised by colour-blind people.
The EnGuard is based on the range-topping Tekna-spec Navara (holder of the current International Pick-Up Award), which means it has a whole host of standard features, such as the excellent NissanConnect sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and even a 360° unobstructed view of the outside world around the car, had by means of a roof mounted camera, and displayed inside on the centre console.
The EnGuard is also plays host to the world debut of a prototype portable battery pack, designed and built in-house at Nissan. The battery pack was created using the knowledge Nissan have gathered from their EV technology in the all-electric LEAF.
Once docked, the battery packs are always on charge, drawing power from the Navara’s 140 kW 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, this ensure the battery packs are always ready and charged when needed.
Each pack is a 2 kW unit. The lack of combustion means the packs can be used in any enclosed environment, such as a cave, where they could power specialist cutting or -heavy-lifting equipment.
With this, Nissan aim to provide a real-world example of how this technology can be used, instead of fossil-fuel applications, resulting in a cleaner, more sustainable power solution.
Also found on the load-bed are 2 fibreglass trays, which contain useful equipment such as 2-way radios, ropes, an axe, oxygen tank, resuscitation kit, life jackets, and buoyancy aids.
Another stand-out, vital to the rescue role, is a DJI Phantom 4 aerial drone. The drone can be used to explore the terrain ahead, so that rescuers can be more prepared for the scenario at hand. The drone weighs 1,38 kg’s, can fly for 30 mins, reach speeds of 72 km/h, and fly as high as 6 000 metres. The images captured by the drone can be viewed on an HD screen on the EnGuard.
Aside from the rescue equipment added, the EnGuard has also been raised by 50 mm, now comes with fully adjustable performance suspension, and the roof line has been raised by 136 mm.
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.”
He continued: “The Navara EnGuard Concept opens a new chapter in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, featuring our commitment to zero fatalities and zero emissions. Our prototype EV portable battery pack reveals how Nissan will integrate its world-renowned EV battery technology and expertise into new sectors in the future.”