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.