The TeRRA explores transitioning formerly hardwired elements of vehicle interiors to portable technology.

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.

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