Fed up with fast SUVs? Honda's US division has decided that four-seat UTVs is where it's at...
Give Honda engineers a little free rein on their next project and you can bet they'll come up with something fun. Like those two uber cool EV Concepts from earlier this year, which were designed with no styling link to Honda's more mundane stuff whatsoever. But this time the folks at the brand's US arm have created something much sillier: a new open-air off-road concept that you, your mates and their cargo could squeeze into.
On display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, the one-off machine uses the chassis and load bed of Honda's Ridgeline pick-up, not to mention its 280hp 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. But the US model's boxy body has be traded for a paired-back skin and open frame of Honda's Pioneer buggy, leaving the interior and its occupants exposed to the sand, water or whatever earthbound material those chunky off-road tyres might throw at them.
At least those on board will be held securely in place by one of four Civic Type R seats, which come reskinned in waterproof Pioneer 1000 material so they don't get ruined in an instant. Also added to the inside is a Pioneer 1000 steering wheel, more durable cabin surfaces and an ultra-secure smartphone holders so you can safely Instagram all the fun you're having.
Sadly, and rather inevitably, Honda has said that it has no intention of putting this vehicle into production, meaning it looks set to remain an illustration of what can happen when engineers aren't constrained by the design limitations of the next ecobox. Four-seat rival for the Ariel Nomad, anyone?
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Whatever. Bring that Urban EV to production please Honda.
Djtemeka31 Oct 2018
That is the ugliest thing I've ever seen hahahahahhahahaa.
SlimJim16v31 Oct 2018
Yuck! It would look much better as a two door.
TegTypeR31 Oct 2018
Dash panel looks like it's from a current production model (I am guessing one of their US pick up trucks or SUV's), and I think it's the same for the drive train.
This wouldn't take a whole lot of effort to put this in to production (assuming there is nothing glaringly problematic with regulations), although I doubt it would ever be seen on this side of the Atlantic.