Nissan has played down the significance of its SUV-like styling
Its design is described as "modern toughness", rather than hinting at a high-riding production model
Nissan says it wants to be at the forefront of hydrogen technology when it becomes widely available as a fuel source
Rear light design is slender and elegant; rather at odds with the tough design
Matrix design is used around the Terra, not just in the C-pillar as pictured here
Headlight design closely resembles that of the rear
Huge fog lamps are reminiscent of those fitted to the Juke
Rear 'suicide' doors reveal a four-seat cabin
Button shapes echo the graphics used in the exterior design
Wood and plastics are used to emphasise the Terra's eco-credentials
Wood is used throughout the cabin, not just for door and dash inserts
Instrumentation is displayed through a hi-definition screen
The Terra is powered by a pair of in-wheel motors, allowing a flat floor
The Terra sits between the Juke and Qashqai size-wise
Fuel cell appears to be mounted beneath the boot floor
Sized between the Juke and the Qashqai, the Terra is being billed as a technology demonstrator that shows “Nissan is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles whenever hydrogen becomes widely available”.
Nissan is playing down the significance of the Terra’s chunky and angular styling and aggressive squared-off wheel arches, which it describes as “modern toughness”.
However, the packaging gives some clues to the design of a future battery-powered off-roader, one of the possible spin-offs of the Leaf/Infiniti electric car platform.
The rear wheels contain an electric motor each and are based on the designs shown in successive Pivo city car concepts.
Because the rear underfloor is clear of a diff, driveshafts and exhaust, there is room to package the 2.5kW/L fuel cell stack between the rear wheels.
The front wheels are driven by a lithium ion powerpack borrowed from the Leaf.