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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.