August 19, 2002
2003 Honda Element to go on sale in December, 2002
Torrance, California – Honda announced the 2003 Honda Element will go on sale in December, 2002.
First introduced as the Model X concept vehicle at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production version was re-named the Element in August, 2001.
The Element combines the features of a pickup truck and a SUV, and according to Honda, “serves as a combination dorm room/base camp for active young buyers.” Its flexible interior has room for four adults and their gear. The rear seats fold away to create a large, open interior. A key design feature of the Element is the centre opening cargo doors that have no B-pillar.
The interior of EX models features waterproof material on the front and rear bucket seats (front seat only on DX models). A urethane-coated utility floor resists water, dirt and scratches while providing easy clean up and easy cargo loading. A large rear skylight (on 4WD models) tilts or removes completely and stores inside the vehicle. The gear shifter for manual and automatic transmissions is located on the centre of the instrument panel, within quick reach from the steering wheel.
Composite body panels around the fenders further enhance Element’s ruggedness by providing better resistance to scratches and wear than traditional painted exterior surfaces. The split rear tailgate bottom opens down – creating room for two to sit – while the upper part of the tailgate opens up and creates a canopy.
Honda’s 2.4 litre, i-VTEC, 4-cylinder engine with 160-horsepower and 161 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled to either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission, is standard.