This month, a new patent was registered by Nissan Malaysia's patent office under the name "Terra". This patent suggests that a new electric SUV/CUV by the Japanese automaker may be on its way. Just after the company announced the Nissan LEAF, we hear about the Terra, so we are thinking that this might be the five-door hatchback model that the company will be developing next.
This is because back in 2012, Nissan had already presented a concept they called the Terra at the Paris Motor Show. This was a hydrogen fuel cell concept that carried a Nissan LEAF powertrain. Now that there's a patent for it, people are assuming that the Nissan Terra will be an all-electric model, similar to the Nissan LEAF. But it might get a second electric motor on the rear to make it an all-wheel drive setup. The fact that Nissan is sharing development costs between several vehicles is quite smart. That’s what they’re doing for their electric vehicles including the LEAF, the e-NV200, and most likely the Terra EV.
You may be wondering why the patent was registered in Malaysia, instead of a country that's closer to the brand like Japan or the US. This is probably because large companies like Nissan want to avoid making too much noise about their strategies. That’s why they didn’t file the application at a nearer or larger patent office. Too bad Autocar was able to track the registry almost instantly.
The possibility of a Terra EV had been confirmed by the company's former Chief Designer. He said that an all-electric sedan and SUV will be added to their current lineup. Furthermore, Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan CEO said that the upcoming EVs will be joining the lineup by 2020.
The Nissan Terra EV will likely sit on the second- generation LEAF’s drivetrain, which might let it cover as much as 550 kilometers. That is more than double the range of the current LEAF.
In other news, the 2018 Nissan LEAF will be making its debut next month. So far, we know that it will have a much lower suspension and it will come with an aerodynamic design.
The Japanese company also announced that it will be featuring a ProPILOT Assist system that controls the car's acceleration, steering and braking during single-lane driving on the highway. That’s not all, the new system enables the car to park itself with the use of radars and camera.
We also heard rumours that the LEAF will be getting two different battery options: a 40kWh and a larger one with 60kWh that can reach up to 300 miles.