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Nissan EnGarde: Rough-rider to the rescue (V)

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Navara emergency concept
HIGH-RIDING SUPER-AMBULANCE: The Nissan Navara EnGuard concept has been kitted-out to handle emergencies in remote areas – and to test its new battery technology. Image: Newspress/Nissan

HANNOVER, Germany – Nissan has unveiled an all-new vehicle at the 2016 Hannover auto show – the Navara EnGuard concept is a tough all-terrain pick-up kitted-out as a life-saving rescue platform for harsh and extreme environments.

This dream of a vehicle for hardened emergency crews is based on a Double Cab Tekna version of the Navara – current holder of the International Pick-up Award – and features many high-end design elements and performance upgrades. It’s packed with equipment suitable for emergency/disaster recovery work and even has its own drone to provide vital intelligence about possible dangers.

Navara EnGuard Concept showcases how award-winning Nissan Navara is suited to rescue work even in the most challenging conditions

The truck is also a mobile test bed for and prototype portable Nissan battery pack that uses the brand’s tried-and-tested EV battery technology, already available on the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200.

JNavara EnGarde
NAVARA TO THE RESCUE: The EnGarde is more than just a truck – it’s a life-saver with awesome technolgoy. Image: Newspress/Nissan

When docked, the battery packs are constantly in ‘charge’ mode and taking power generated by the vehicle’s 2.3-litre, 142kW twin-turbo diesel engine to make sure they’ll be ready should an emergency arise. Each is a two kW unit and has seven Nissan EV battery modules in a weatherproof, machined aluminium, case.


Two input (charge) sockets and five output (discharge) sockets are on each battery pack, their recessed ends doubling as carry handles. They could, for instance, be used to operate specialist cutting or lifting equipment and intended to replace petrol generators for use in enclosed spaces – perhaps a building or a cave.

There are also power sockets in each side of the truck’s loadbed.

Occupying the rest of the load-bed are two pull-out glass-fibre trays – the shallow upper one holding light items such as two-way radios, ropes and an axe. The lower is deeper and narrower to take items such as an oxygen tank and resuscitation kit, life-jackets and buoyancy aids.

Navara EnGarde
BATTERY PACKS AND EMERGENCY GEAR: The Navara’s loadbed has been transformed into a high-tech charging station. Navara EnGarde Image: Newspress/Nissan

The rescue drone is a DJI Phantom 4 with an operating ceiling of 6000m. It weighs only 1.4kg but can fly at 20m/second for about a half-hour while sending images back to Nissan for viewing on a pop-up high-definition screen in the load-bed wall.

The unit’s ride height is five cm more than a standard Navara.

WATCH the Navara super-ambulance in action.

The cabin has a redesigned roof that’s 13.6cm higher than standard and carries a powerful 360-degree diode lights arrary with blue strobe lights on each corner for high-visibility from any angle. Others are in the top of each of the overfenders, the redesigned front fog-lights and the rear light-clusters.

Navara EnGarde
EMERGENCY POWER ON TAP: Self-charging battery packs in the Navara EnGarde’s load bed will supply power without a petrol generator. Image: Newspress/Nissan

A number of standard Tekna features have been retained, among them NissanConnect satnav, dual-zone aircon, heatable seats and an Around View Monitor, a 360-degree camera system for a bird’s-eye image of the immediate environment on the facia screen.


Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, Nissan corporate vice-president for light commercial vehicles, told The Corner in a media release: “The Navara is a tough and smart pick-up on which customers rely to go anywhere, do anything, in their daily lives. The EnGuard concept is an extension of that principle.

“It will show our award-winning pick-up as perfectly suited to tackle the toughest terrain – and save lives.

“The vehicle opens a new chapter in Nissan’s ‘Intelligent Mobility’ vision that seeks zero fatalities, zero emissions. Our prototype portable battery packs show how Nissan will integrate its world-renowned EV battery technology and expertise into new sectors.”

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Navara EnGarde
AND YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD A RUGGED BUGGY: All-terrain truck on a mission – the life-saving Navara EnGarde concept bakkie. Image: Newspress/Nissan

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