The 2018 Hannover Motor Show was full of amazing tech surprises from most of the motor manufactures from different parts of the world. At the top of the list was Japan with the new modified Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept pickup truck. Designed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Nissan could help astronomers reach remote locations to conduct follow-up observations in an effort to support the ESA’s efforts to map the stars using the Gaia satellite.
In addition to the bespoke trailer, the Nissan Navara also shows off very unique features and technologies that are not available on the production model. Nissan’s engineers did an incredible job with the concept car and truly went outside the box with this design.
Looking at the trailer first, it that contains loads of astronomical equipment including a state-of-the-art Planewave telescope. The trailer comes with its own battery pack to provide mobile power for Wi-Fi, laptops and other equipment without relying on the Nissan Navara’s battery. In addition, it also has a mechanised roof and television signal transmitter should broadcasting be required. The trailer is all set for going off-road with a good ride height and 16-inch tyres.
Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept
The new Nissan Navara concept looks stunning with the black and white colour finish as the most obvious difference. It gives the Navara an entirely new and almost futuristic feel. Nissan has added red LED lighting in the front, back and side of the rig to improve visibility at night or in dense fog. The interior has reflective trim on important parts to help in low light situations without having to scratch around for a torch.
In addition to the red LED lighting, the truck is fitted with a state of the art air-conditioning system to keep everything in optimal environmental conditions. Between the car and trailer are eight radar units to help the driver know their surroundings. This helps to ensure that they don’t bump into obstacles or veer off the road. It also makes it easier for the driver to find a safe place to park with sufficient space for the car and trailer.
The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is raised 140 mm more than the standard Navara with 20-inch tyres which means a much-improved off-road ability. Under the bonnet, you will find a 2.3-litre twin turbo diesel engine producing 187 horsepower, same as the standard model.
In addition to the features you’d expect from a modern-day vehicle, the Nissan Navara Concept is fitted with the following:
- ProPILOT, driver assistance technology
- Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist technologies
- An upgraded Intelligent Around View Monitor to support towing
- Enhanced Blind Spot Warning to highlight objects in blind spots
- Intelligent Towing Hitch Alignment
- Nissan’s portable battery packs from the Nissan LEAF for reliable auxiliary power
Nissan’s Intelligent Systems make it one of the most capable vehicles for safe and convenient towing to reach remote or “dark sky” locations.
According to Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of Nissan’s light commercial vehicle business, “The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering our customers to go anywhere. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility and ProPILOT, we are creating the best solutions for the next frontiers of business, no matter how complex the commercial need.”
The Nissan Navara Dark Sky concept won’t become a production model although Nissan will donate the telescope “to pass on the spirit of exploration and adventure and to inspire and educate future generations.”