Nissan in the United Kingdom is showing off the enhancement potential of the Nissan Navara, unveiling the Dark Sky concept at the Hannover Motor Show in Germany. In fact, it acts somewhat like a mobile astronomy lab.
Don't be too quick to write it off though, as it features the latest upgrade of Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPILOT driver assistance technology, and is a collaborative exercise with the European Space Agency (ESA).
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Once at the desired destination, the trailer module's mechanized roof opens to focus the telescope on the night sky. The ute wears unique alloy wheels with AT32 off-road tyres, and showcases raised suspension to increase the ground clearance, with extra heavy-duty protection underneath, and a snorkel for water wading. All these systems enable the Navara to maneuver the telescope trailer into the best position, giving astronomers the best view of distant galaxies.
Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of Nissan's light commercial vehicle business, said: "The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering our customers to go anywhere". This allows astronomers to take a better look at the night sky from far-flung places which have less light pollution; often located in remote places with no direct access. 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 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.
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The Nissan Navara has no technical changes.
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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