Nissan took visitors at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show to the stars when it collaborated with Lucasfilm and displayed six Star Wars-themed vehicles. Now, Nissan is taking the visitors at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles (also called Hannover Motor Show) to the dark sky with its latest creation – the all-new Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept.
A product of collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Kingdom-developed Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is all suited to do its job. Astronomers at ESA have been mapping the stars through the Gaia satellite. In fact, this project has already resulted to the observation of more than a billion stars. However, light pollution – especially from urban – makes the stars less visible. Thus, astronomers have been conducted follow-up observations from remote, hard-to-reach locations, also called as so-called "dark sky" places. In doing so, ESA’s astronomers have to bring them powerful telescopes, which have to transported safely and easily.
Embodying the Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is appropriately suited to support this project. It is a solution to the enigma of how to transport telescopes for dark sky observations of the universe. It is properly equipped to tow on a bespoke off-road trailer the ultrahigh-power, observatory-class PlaneWave telescope, which can deliver detailed views of distant galaxies and nebulae.
This is made possible by the so-called ProPILOT driver assistance technology, allowing the Navara Dark Sky Concept to be more than capable of safely and conveniently towing the PlaneWave telescope. Nissan’s upgraded ProPILOT technology essentially combines Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist technologies to maintain a safe distance with the vehicle up front as well as keep the Navara Dark Sky Concept centered when driving on a single lane or on curves.
The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept also features an upgraded Intelligent Around View Monitor system that provides a bird's-eye-view around the pickup, as well as an enhanced Blind Spot Warning that can highlight objects in blind spots within the range of the trailer.
Likewise, the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept features Intelligent Towing Hitch Alignment that allows it to automatically maneuver to align with the trailer for easy hookup. Its overall ride height has also been raised for extra ground clearance.
In addition, the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept and its trailer are provided with portable xStorage ROAM battery power packs for auxiliary power supply even in remote locations. It is also equipped with Wi-Fi, a laptop station and UHF transmission.
In terms of looks, the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept boasts of a cosmos-inspired design. Its exterior is wrapped in dark color with nebula motifs while the interior combines the orange shades of a setting sun with the deep hues of the night sky and. The seats also feature reflective orange piping. Moreover, both the Navara Dark Sky Concept and its trailer use only red lighting to prevent any visual disruption during observations.
The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is powered by a 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel engine that delivers 190 PS of output and 450 Nm of torque.