Nissan has always maintained it X-Trail is pretty much a go-anywhere vehicle and it has stepped this up with the creation of the e-4ORCE specially modified to serve as a mountain rescue vehicle on the European ski slopes. 

The modifications to the X-Trail Mountain Rescue include the replacement of the wheels with snow tracks,  while the rear seats have been removed to allow the installation of a stretcher, to allow the transportation of injured skiers to the nearest medical facility and a seat for a medical professional.

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Externally, a roof rack has been added to carry an evacuation stretcher and snow shovels. A siren, flashing light bar and powerful lights have also been embedded to the X-Trail's roof, as well as lights on the hood.

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 23 cm higher on its track than the road-going version.

It is powered by an electrified twin-motor e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system that can react to changing levels of grip in 1/10 000th of a second, approximately 1 000 times quicker than a traditional all-wheel drive system, and it can adjust the distribution of power to the wheels individually, according to the available grip.

"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 electrified all-wheel drive system e-4ORCE. Thousands of winter sports enthusiasts passing through the five ski stations will see and understand the peace of mind and poise that X-Trail equipped with e-4ORCE delivers on the road." says Coralie Musy, vice president, Brand & Customer Experience, Nissan AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania) region.

Colin Windell