Check this out. Nissan has modified an X-Trail SUV to work in the snow with the
creation of the X-Trail Mountain Rescue Concept.

The modifications include the replacement of the wheels with snow tracks, to give
the X-Trail the traction to tackle slippery slopes.

GMC did a similar thing with Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept in 2018.

As well as adding the tracks, a bespoke roof rack has been added to the X-Trail to
carry an evacuation stretcher and snow shovels.

A siren, flashing light bar and powerful lights have also been embedded in the roof,
as well as lights on the bonnet.

Wider fenders front and rear have been integrated to accommodate the tracks, while
at the front the bumper has been enhanced to carry a winch.

A reinforced towing hook has been added to the front and rear bumpers, while
footboards have been included on the side to facilitate access as the X-Trail rides
23cm higher on its track than the road-going version.

Inside, the rear seats of the X-Trail have been removed to accommodate a stretcher
to transport injured skiers.

X-Trail Mountain Rescue was conceived to highlight Nissan’s electrified twin-motor
e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system.

What sets the system apart from traditional mechanical systems is that it can react to
changing levels of grip in 1/10,000th of a second, approximately 1000 times quicker
than a traditional all-wheel drive system.

It can adjust the distribution of power to the wheels individually, according to the
available grip.

X-Trail Mountain Rescue is supporting a campaign in five European ski resorts under
the banner of “Ride Responsibly”.

Nissan will use the vehicle to promote courteous slope etiquette with the placement
of digital signs which encourage snow riders to slow down where different slopes
meet to reduce the risk of collision.

Similar to road-side signs that display a vehicle’s speed, the signs will monitor the
speed of approaching riders and show “Thank You” for those who are approaching
at a considerate speed, or “Slow Down” if their speed is judged as excessive.

The X-Trail Mountain Rescue will be displayed in a glass box at the popular Italian
ski resort of Cervinia.

The X-Trail is one of Nissan’s most successful global vehicles, with sales in more
than 100 markets and has been enabling family adventures for over 20 years.

The fourth generation X-Trail draws from a well-established DNA that runs through
all three of the previous generations of X-Trail.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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