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NISSAN'S TeRRA FORMS NEW ZERO EMISSION SUV CONCEPT AT PARIS MOTOR SHOWCompact SUV is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with three electric motors for four-wheel drive Exterior design expresses athletic eco-appeal with "Modern Toughness" Interior features a unique seating layout and materials Portable instrument cluster creates seamless digital space The Nissan TeRRA SUV concept, to be unveiled on 27th
September at the Paris Motor Show, combines two outstanding Nissan
strengths - SUVs and EVs - in a vehicle that is equally in its element
off-road or gliding silently through the city. With an innovative 4x4
fuel-cell electric powertrain and an athletic exterior that has presence
beyond its compact dimensions, TeRRA takes sustainable motoring into
exciting new territory. Building
on Nissan's success with crossovers like the Juke and Qashqai, and its
EV success with the LEAF, the TeRRA shows that Nissan's zero-emission
expertise encompasses fuel cells too. It is designed as a functional and
flexible choice for tomorrow's youthful, "always on" consumers,
bringing with it eco-friendliness along with a secure driving feel under
any road conditions. "Our
challenge was to take Nissan's strength in SUVs and crossovers forward
into the zero-emissions era, fuel cells being our new frontier in zero
emission mobility," said Francois Bancon, Nissan's division general
manager of product strategy and planning. "Not big and tough for the
desert, the aim was a new approach to SUVs that's relevant to urban
life. The unique diagonal seating layout that offers an exciting
driving experience thanks to exceptional visibility that creates a sense
of being in control under any conditions." Tough exterior, warm interior "We
took our inspiration from the lifestyles of youthful customers in
Northern Europe," said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan senior vice president and
chief creative officer. "We heard their aspiration for sustainable
mobility that can take them anywhere they want to go. Exploring our
imagination of that natural space with the exterior, we have redefined
the power of the SUV heritage in a much more athletic way, one that
expresses our vision of the zero emissions future," Nakamura said. "You
have the big tyres, high belt-line, thick pillars and thin side windows
of the SUV vocabulary. But with a slender waist and a sculptured
bonnet, we've created an 'Implied Structure' of musculature under the
skin. Sharp corners, short overhangs and sculptured lamps contribute to a
clean, confident stance. An aerodynamically flat body pan in an
eye-catching colour, protecting the full length of the underside,
completes the image of what we call 'Modern Toughness'." Open
the door and exterior toughness gives way to a surprisingly warm and
welcoming interior. The door panel is a sculpted fusion of blond wood
trim and coloured acrylic, layered in an intriguing pattern. Ringing
the cabin at shoulder height is a metal frame that gives TeRRA's
occupants a feeling of security. The wood/metal contrast continues
across the dashboard, a beechwood-acrylic fusion that exudes a soft
warmth. On the driver's side, the steering and instrument console gently
tapers out toward the driver, barely interrupting the clean lines of
the dash. Seamless digital space...Facing
the driver is a unique instrument cluster. It's an electronic tablet -
just like today's popular portable devices - that serves as an
"intelligent key". The driver docks it when entering the car and removes
it when leaving. When docked in TeRRA, the tablet's default view
displays speed and other information but the driver can easily toggle to
entertainment, communications, navigation and other views. Outside the
car it provides all the functions we expect from a tablet, plus it stays
continually in touch with the vehicle. The idea is seamless information
and communication, on the road and everywhere else. ...offers a fresh perspective on the roadTeRRA's
driver sits front and almost centre in a unique diagonal layout that
positions rear passengers over the shoulders of those in front, rather
than directly behind. "For the driver to be nearly centred, not seated
off to one side, provides a fresh, enlightened perspective with
exceptional visibility," Nakamura said. "The diagonal layout allows all
passengers to share the vision of adventures up ahead." The
seats themselves express a hexagonal motif that is carried through
various aspects of the design. Fold the three passenger seats down and
you notice that TeRRA's boot floor is completely flat, presenting no
obstacles to carrying bikes, kayaks... or assemble-yourself furniture
from Scandinavia. This flat surface is a function of the remarkably
compact hydrogen fuel-cell and electric motor package. Four-wheel drive but zero emissionsAlthough
TeRRA is presented as a design concept, not a technical exhibit, its
proposed 4x4 fuel cell electric powertrain is far from imaginary.
Powering the front wheels is the electric propulsion system currently
featured in the Nissan LEAF. In each back wheel, providing all-wheel
power as needed, is an in-wheel electric motor, based on the working
prototypes featured in three successive PIVO concepts. As no drive
shafts are required to power the rear wheels, there is no hump in the
floor or on the underbody. This allows for the flat boot floor and the
underside bodypan. Under
the bonnet is ample space for Nissan's hydrogen fuel cell stack: a
flat, highly compact unit that features world-leading power density of
2.5kW/L. The latest in a series of Nissan fuel cells since 1996, the
stack costs just one-sixth of its 2005 predecessor as the need for
expensive precious metals has been slashed to one-quarter of the
previous level. TeRRA
is purely a concept car, but it signals that Nissan is ready to
mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles whenever hydrogen becomes
widely available. LengthWidthHeight4160mm1800mm1560mm
 

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It looks nice though. With or without the mirrors. As an optional extra they would probably be about £400 going by normal optional extra prices or £150 from one of the dealers on here. lol.
 

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Does the fact that it has a chalk line around it mean it's already been killed?
 

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Quite possibly, Nissan have said it bears no resemblance to a future model, its just a showcase to promote what is possible when hydrogen becomes widely available. Lets just hope it becomes cheaper to make the thing that the current cost of battery vehicles.
 

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Regarding Nissan Terra, an article also posted that Nissan ultimately has another EV ready for an auto show, but it's only a concept and isn't getting the green-light, at least yet. The Nissan TeRRA EV, a fuel-cell powered urban crossover, is heading for the Paris Motor Show. You ca go here to read more: Need to buy a car_____________________________________________________________"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." - Albert Einstein

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