Although the Paris Motor Show will open its doors on 27th September, carmakers are already starting to reveal their surprises. As a result, Nissan revealed today the all-new Terra SUV Concept, a vehicle that combines the SUVs and EVs. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the Terra Concept is inspired by the lifestyles of youthful customers in Northern Europe and as you can see from the photos it features big tyres, high belt-line, thick pillars and thin side windows.
Same theme is seen at the interior, which is surprisingly warm and welcoming. The door panel represents a sculpted fusion of blond wood trim and coloured acrylic, layered in an intriguing pattern. The dashboard seems borrowed from Star Trek and features an electronic tablet that serves as an intelligent key. The driver simply docks it when he enters the car and removes it when leaving.
Although it is just a concept, Nissan says that the vehicle’s proposed 4x4 fuel cell electric powertrain is far from imaginary. The Terra Concept features the same electric propulsion system seen on the Leaf on the front wheels, while in each back wheel there is an electric motor, based on the working prototypes featured in three successive PIVO concepts. Under the hood, we find Nissan's hydrogen fuel cell stack: a flat, highly compact unit that features world-leading power density of 2.5kW/L.
Shiro Nakamura, Nissan senior vice president and chief creative officer, remarked that the new Nissan TeRRA Concept was inspired by the lifestyles of youthful customers in Northern Europe. He noted that these customers clamor for sustainable mobility that allows them to go where they want. Nakamura said that by imagining this natural space with the exterior of the concept, Nissan was able to redefine the power of its SUV heritage in a sportier and zero-emission manner.
According to Nakamura, the Nissan TeRRA Concept is an SUV in many design aspects like its high belt-line, thick pillars and thin side windows as well as large tires. However, the concept also features a sculptured hood and a slender waist between the fenders above the wheel arches – resulting to what Nakamura called as 'Implied Structure.' He added that the concept’s clean and confident stance was made possible by its short overhangs, sharp corners, and sculptured lamps. On the other hand, the Nissan TeRRA Concept also exudes the so-called 'Modern Toughness,’ thanks to its aerodynamically flat body pan – finished in a stunning color – that also serves as an underside protection.
Meanwhile, the warm interior of the Nissan TeRRA Concept provides a good sense of security and space for its occupants. This is conveyed by a metal frame seemingly wrapping around the cabin at shoulder height. This is complemented by a door panel made from blond wood trim and colored acrylic. The contrasting combo of wood and metal could also be found on the across the dashboard, where a combination of beechwood and acrylic fusion provides a warm sense of comfort. Since the steering wheel and the instrument panel taper out toward the driver, they fail to interrupt the clean lines of the dash.
Located behind the steering wheel just in front of the driver is an electronic tablet that acts like an "intelligent key." The driver just needs to dock the tablet on its intended port upon entry and then remove it upon exit. Once docked, the tablet would display – as default – the vehicle’s speed and other indicators.