Nissan has shown a pick-up truck concept, called the Navara EnGuard, at the 2016 Hannover Motor Show. Based on the mid-size Navara pick-up, the concept has been designed as an emergency rescue vehicle that can operate in some of the “world’s most harsh and extreme environments.”

 Based on a Double Cab Tekna version of the Navara, the EnGuard Concept gets a few bespoke design elements that differentiates it from its platform donor, as well as a few performance upgrades. Being a rescue vehicle, it’s also obviously fitted with equipment that’s used for emergency and disaster recovery work. These include a DJI Phantom 4 drone with an operating ceiling of 6,000 metres, and capability to fly at speeds of up to 20 metres per second for close to 30 minutes and to relay images back to the truck. There’s a pop-up HD screen hidden in the load bed wall, on which the images sent from the drone can be viewed. The overall ride height of the Navara EnGuard Concept has been raised by 50mm compared to the stock Navara, bespoke overfenders added to the wheel arches, along with moulded side steps. Other mods include a 360-degree LED lighting rig, with emergency blue strobe lights fitted to the four corners that are visible from any angle. Matching strobes have been integrated into the top of all four overfenders, as well as into the front fog lamps and rear light clusters, which have also been redesigned. The cabin also gets a completely redesigned roof line, which is 136mm higher than on the standard Navara.

However, the biggest news is the prototype portable battery pack that’s used in the concept, designed and developed in-house by Nissan. The pair of battery packs, housed in the truck’s bed, are constantly in ‘charge’ mode, taking power from the vehicle’s 2.3-litre 190 horsepower twin-turbo diesel engine to ensure they’re ready for emergency use when required. Each pack contains seven battery modules of the same design used in Nissan’s electric cars like the Leaf, and include an input socket for solar panels. It also has five output sockets that can be used to power specialist cutting or heavy-lifting equipment, which Nissan says give it an edge over conventional power generators that can’t be used in enclosed spaces such as “buildings or caves.”

“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,” says Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, corporate vice president, Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan.