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Nissan reveals Navara Dark Sky Concept in Germany

Nissan reveals Navara Dark Sky Concept in Germany”

Displayed alongside it is the Navara N-Guard, a more rugged version - inspired by the EnGuard Concept (pictured below) - of the truck that's on sale in Europe. But, not so. The all-new Navara Dark Sky Concept is indeed a ruggedized pickup pulling a heavy-duty off-road trailer, but it's not going fishing or camping - it's there to take astronomers deep into the wilds, far away from the light pollution of civilization. The most notable mechanical revision to the auto has been a 140mm raise in ride height, allowing better off-road ability.

It also features Nissan's ProPilot driver assist technology, which in this case has been re-engineered and upgraded to offer safe and efficient towing.

The auto gets Nissan's semi-autonomous Propilot system, as well as enhanced blind spot warnings and around view monitors to aid the vehicle when towing, taking into account the additional length of a specially made trailer. That telescope zooms in beyond the rings of Saturn, showing distant galaxies, nebulae and supernovae.

This star-gazing tool is an ultrahigh-power PlaneWave telescope that is towed behind the Navara in a refrigerated atmosphere inside the trailer.

The most critical component is the off-road trailer behind the Navara pickup, a bespoke, steel-frame build that carries a high-powered PlaneWave telescope inside. The Double Cab receives dark blue leather and orange highlights, while the 2.3-litre diesel four-cylinder remains unchanged, still producing 187 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.

The Dark Sky Concept allows observations to take place in very remote places, so-called "dark sky" locations, where the best atmospheric conditions for stargazing are found, and avoid light pollution while also transporting telescopes safely and easily.

Inside, the Navara is packed with Nissan's ProPILOT driving assistant technology which provides autonomous-like driving capability, while the seats are uniquely trimmed to match the space explore theme.

World-class Nissan Intelligent Mobility systems enable the Navara to maneuver the telescope trailer into prime position.

Nissan is not intending to put the concept into production but it does give you an idea of the versatility of the Navara, and shows some of the potential tuning and personalisation avenues that could be followed.



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