Next on our list was the Terracross from the design folks at GMC, which provides the next step beyond last year's concept Terradyne. The name indicates that this too is crossover vehicle concept -- a five-passenger SUV that builds on GMC's new "industrial precision" style. "Just as last year's Terradyne concept represents GMC's vision for the ultimate 'professional grade' pickup, Terracross creates an innovative type of SUV, designed to exceed the expectations of the most demanding customers", said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager.

Terracross is more than just another SUV -- it is a pickup truck and a five-seat convertible as well. It stretches 172-inches from nose to tail,
optimizing interior space and versatility through design efficiency. Front and rear overhangs are minimal and the styling elements consist of billet cut surfaces executed in clean and contemporary forms. The Terracross rides on unusual double-tri-spoke (thick and thin) 19-inch cast aluminum wheels mounted with Pirelli Scorpion Zero 265/55 R 19 tires.

The Terracross features a three piece articulating roof with panels that may be powered electronically to varying positions. The panels are stackable, one atop the other, opening up two-thirds of the entire roof length and providing a comfortable fresh-air experience with the added security of a full safety cage. When all the sliding panels are moved to their forward-most position, an open cargo box is created at the vehicle's rear.

Terracross also employs a reconfigurable mid-gate system with a retractable rear window which is built into the back rest of the second row seats. This unit can be folded forward and stowed flush with the seat, producing an extended flat cargo be floor -- with the seat up, a closed passenger compartment and open cargo box is achieved.

There are no "B" pillars on the Terracross, and the uniquely-hinged rear
doors slide aft to open, creating an unobstructed access, the full length of the interior. All doors incidentally, may be opened independently, enhancing the spaciousness. The unibody construction allows for a lower than normal floor for easier and more convenient entry and exit / loading and unloading. The front passenger seat swivels for a conversational configuration.

High-tech instrumentation is programmable in different color displays, and evokes futuristic, computer-like images. GM's OnStar communications network is also found as standard fare on the Terracross, while the state-of-the-art audio system features the capability of playing radio, cassettes, CDs or digital music collections from Sony's 'memory stick' technology -- the memory card is removable for use in a portable MP3 player.

Terracross employs GM's VersaTrak All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system for go nearly anywhere transportation. The system receives power from GM's transversely-mounted 3.4 liter V6 engine coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower is rated at 185 and 205 pound feet of torque are generated.

Wheelbase of the angular Terracross is 112.9-inches with an overall length of 171.9-inches ad 75-inch width. The Terracross tips the scale at 3,500 lbs., as does the Chevy Borrego, though it appears considerably more massive. Show colors are Dark Wind veil Pearl outside and steel gray inside with lots of brushed aluminum accents throughout. Terracross will be officially unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show in January, '01.

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