This chunky-looking brute is Nissan’s Terranaut concept, due for official unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month.
The Terranaut is almost five metres long and 2.1 metres high, and is designed to house three operators – a driver, navigator and lab technician in ‘scientific research explorations’. Lightweight tents, sleeping bags and cooking facilities are housed in storage compartments in the doors.
Access to the unusual lab/cabin is made easier by the lack of a central B-pillar and swing doors. The rear window, meanwhile, features external displays that can be used by those outside the vehicle. Indeed, the whole interior is being used to showcase new display and computer technologies.
Nissan has no plans to put the Terranaut into production. It will make its debut at Geneva alongside Pivo, an electric city vehicle which features a central driving position ahead of two passenger seats.