Nissan Terra electric SUV could use the same underpinnings as the new-gen Leaf; exterior may take heavy inspiration from the concept
As we reported earlier, the new generation Nissan Leaf’s platform is set to be used for several upcoming electric models. The Japanese auto major is rumoured to have applied for the trademark of ‘Terra’ name in the Malaysian patents office. It will likely be the moniker for the forthcoming full electric SUV that is scheduled to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
Nissan is enjoying success worldwide with its alliance partner Renault in different aspects and its electrified future only seems bright. The Terra name is no stranger was already used on an electric SUV concept more than half a decade ago. What can be predicted is the production model could have some striking resemblance to the almost forgotten concept. However, unlike the extravagant concept, the render image shows more realistic look of a highly possible production model.
It only makes sense that the underpinnings of the successful Leaf will be used to develop a brand new electric SUV. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be looking to capitalise on its well-received predecessor that is the top-selling EV for the brand globally. The upcoming electric SUV may adopt the same 40 kWh battery that has EPA-rated driving range of 150 miles (240 km). It is lesser than the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 but Nissan could hit the jackpot with aggressive pricing.
The possibility of Leaf’s higher capacity 60 kWh battery with 200 mile range (320 km) cannot be ruled out either. The Terra could use an additional motor to help the power from the battery pack sent to the four wheels, effectively making it an all-wheel-drive configuration as well. The development timeline of the Terra is yet unsure and we might see it in production form in the coming years.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf has made its global premiere recently with matured yet sleek styling and along with a host of advanced technological features. It forms a roadmap to the brand’s electric future. Its aerodynamic stability meant the body is claimed to generate “zero lift” while the functions like ProPilot semi-autonomous driving function as well as innovative e-pedal system could be carried forward into the electric SUV.
Nissan Terra Electric SUV Concept Images
Render Source: Behance