With the glamour of the Paris Motor Show fast approaching, it’s easy to forget that right now Germany’s IAA Commercial Vehicle show is taking place at Hannover, and is producing some equally as impressive concepts.
Take the Nissan Navara EnGuard for instance, the basic package is spun off the Nissan NP300 Navara dual cab that Australian’s are already familiar with, reimagined as life-saving rescue vehicle.
The visual changes are the most obvious, with eye-catching wheel arch flares, 50mm raised ride height, moulded side steps, raised roof with 360 degree LED lighting rig, and a specialised rear hard lid covering a varety of specialised rescue equipment.
The rear compartment houses a variety of tool boxes and trays packed with recovery and first aid equipment, as well as a prototype battery pack developed from the same EV battery technology used in the Nissan Leaf.
Instead of powering the vehicle though, the Navara EnGuard’s battery pack can be removed from the vehicle and used to power tools and equipment. When docked the battery is charged by the Navara’s 2.3 litre turbodiesel engine.
Unlike a traditional petrol generator the battery pack’s zero on-site emissions status means that it can be used safely in confined spaces without a need for additional ventilation. Five output sockets are located in each battery pack, with additional power points located in the ute tray.
Also stashed within the EnGuard’s equipment array, a drone capable of relaying images back to the Navara EnGuard’s inbuilt pop-up HD screen located in the load bed, further the reach of rescue teams in hard-to-reach scenarios.
The Navara EnGuard isn’t all about hard-graft though, being based on the top spec Tekna model (which we know as the ST-X in Australia), the EnGuard also packs in heated leather seats, satellite navigation, an around-view camera.
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