Nissan has unveiled the Navara Dark Sky concept at the Hannover Motor Show.
Jointly developed with the European Space Agency, the one-off concept is an astronomers’ dream vehicle as it tows an “observatory-class” telescope on a bespoke off-road trailer. This is where the truck gets its name as the concept was designed for observations at remote “dark sky” locations which don’t suffer from light pollution.
Starting with the truck, the model has been equipped with a unique front bumper which features a plastic brush guard and a winch. Designers also installed extended fender flares, rock rails and a roof rack with integrated auxiliary lights. Other highlights include a front skid plate, a custom rear bumper and 20-inch wheels with off-road tires.
The Navara’s “out-of-this-world” mission is echoed by its unique livery which features “nebula motifs using parametric patterning.” The truck also has an assortment of red exterior lights as they don’t affect vision as much as white light does as night.
The unique styling continues in the cabin as designers installed Midnight Blue leather upholstery with orange accents. There are also some special nighttime touches as the concept has luminescent floor mats and reflective orange seat piping.
The concept is powered by a 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel engine that develops 187 hp (141 kW / 190 PS) and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an automatic transmission which is paired to a four-wheel drive system.
The rear star of the show is the custom trailer which houses a PlaneWave telescope under a mechanized roof. The trailer is refrigerated to ensure the telescope remains calibrated and it allows astronomers to see “detailed views beyond the rings of Saturn.”