Nissan will take the strengths of the all-wheel-drive from its exclusive e-4ORCE technology to European ski slopes this winter, creating a modified X-Trail e-4ORCE tailored for mountain rescue needs.
It’s worth noting that the X-Trail is a seven-seat electrified family-oriented crossover.
It provides an effortless EV driving experience through e-POWER technology along with a dual-motor e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive system.
Moreover, it stands as one of Nissan’s globally successful vehicles, with sales in over 100 markets.
Modifications to this model include replacing the wheels with snow tracks, ensuring secure traction on slippery slopes.
Additionally, rear seats have been removed to accommodate the installation of a seat for a medical professional and a stretcher. This setup allows transporting injured skiers to the nearest medical center.
Externally, a custom roof rack has been added to carry an evacuation stretcher, snow shovels, a siren, a bar with flashing lights, and powerful lights on the roof and hood.
Wider front and rear fenders have been integrated to accommodate the tracks, and the front bumper has been enhanced to carry a winch.
Reinforced towing hooks have been added to the front and rear bumpers, with side steps included for easier access, given that the X-Trail sits 23 centimeters higher on its track than the road version.
The development and construction of the X-Trail Mountain Rescue aim to showcase the advanced dual-electrified motor e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive system equipped in the X-Trail.
What sets this system apart from traditional mechanical systems is its ability to react to changes in grip levels in 1/10,000 of a second, roughly 1,000 times faster than a traditional all-wheel-drive system.
It can adjust power distribution to individual wheels based on available grip.
Occupants won’t notice that the e-4ORCE system is working so effectively to provide traction in all conditions, allowing peace of mind while traveling through wet urban roads, leafy suburban areas, muddy rural zones, or snowy mountain roads.
The X-Trail Mountain Rescue supports a campaign at five European ski resorts under the slogan “Ride Responsfully.”
Nissan will promote courteous skiing with the placement of digital signs encouraging snow drivers to reduce speed in areas with varying slopes to minimize collision risks.
Similar to roadside signs displaying a vehicle’s speed, these signs will monitor approaching skiers’ speeds, showing “Thank You” for those at a considered speed or “Reduce Speed” if their speed is deemed excessive.
The X-Trail Mountain Rescue will be exhibited in a glass case at the Italian ski resort of Cervinia.
“The development of the X-Trail Mountain Rescue and the surrounding campaign is a bold and innovative way to help consumers understand the benefits of Nissan’s advanced e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive electrified system,” said Coralie Musy, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience for the Nissan AMIEO region (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania).
She added, “Beyond showcasing Nissan’s advanced technology, the campaign also serves a broader purpose of promoting responsible behavior among the winter sports enthusiast community.”