Nissan debuts Navara Enguard concept

NISSAN has taken the covers off its Navara EnGuard Concept, a rig designed to save lives and survive in the world’s most extreme environments.

Revealed at the 2016 Hannover Motor Show, the durable all-terrain pick-up is based on the double-cab Navara and is packed with equipment necessary for emergency and disaster recovery work.

Nissan Navara Enguard side drivingTo help carry the extra gear over any terrain the Navvie has received a fully adjustable suspension system with uprated nylon bushes, resulting in a 50mm lift.

The front and rear wheel tracks have been widened by 80mm and 94mm respectively, with 285/75R16 off-road tyres on each corner. More sensible 16-inch rims replace the stock 18-inch alloys.

Nissan Navara Enguard glow darkA snorkel has been fitted, as well as bespoke fender flares over the wheel arches. Moulded side steps run along the flanks.

Down back is a load bed packed with rescue equipment stored in two pull-out trays. Each twin-skin fibreglass tray extends by 800mm.

Nissan Navara Enguard rear trayPart of the rescue kit includes a prototype portable battery pack from Nissan. Utilising the brand’s EV battery tech, the packs are “constantly in charge mode, using power generated by the vehicle’s 2.3-litre diesel engine”. This enables the packs to always be ready for emergency use. Integrated into each pack are two charge and five discharge sockets.

Nissan Navara Enguard rear battery packForgetting the rescue uses, such a power pack would be ideal for powering all your campsite toys and gadgets.

Speaking of toys, the concept event has its own DJI Phantom 4 drone, to help with search and rescue missions in rugged and hard to access terrain.

Driving droneWhile not for everyone, the EnGuard Concept does show a few ideas that could be handy for the recreational four-wheel driver.

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