Debuting last week at the 2012 Paris Auto Show is a zero-emission SUV concept from Nissan called the TeRRA. Styling on the exterior offers a glimpse of how the current Juke model might be scaled up. But the real interesting elements of the TeRRA are ones you can’t immediately see.
Within each of the four wheels are individual electric drive motors, not a new concept, but smart for an SUV as it provides infinitely adaptive four-wheel-drive not hampered by a traditional transmission. The move frees up a bunch of interior space, particularly down the center of the vehicle where that old transmission would have lived.
The result is an interior with flat floor which might seem kind of weird to drive having had humps dividing the seats for so long. The other innovation inside the TeRRA is a removable digital tablet which contains vehicle instrumentation and infotainment systems – a portable digital dashboard.
Immediately there’s some positives and negatives to this. On the plus side is the potential to alter the information displayed and disable the vehicle against theft. But lose or damage the tablet and you are seemingly out of luck to immediately drive the TeRRA. What do you think? Clever or gimmick?