January 10, 2001

Honda Model X
American Honda executive vice president Tom Elliott unveiled the Honda Model X Concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show

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Honda Model X inspired by lifeguard station, dorm room

Debuting at the North American International Auto Show, the Honda Model X concept vehicle is designed to be a tough vehicle with a carefree attitude, says Honda.

Targeted at active young men who need a versatile, reliable, multi-functional vehicle to carry all their stuff, Model X combines the best features of a pickup truck with the best features of an SUV and adds a dorm room-like setting for a comfortable feel. One of the Model X design inspirations was provided by a lifeguard station, which by nature is open, rugged and durable. Another design concept was a university dorm room – a fun, active location where young people hang out.

The Model X targets males with an activity-centred lifestyle. Whether the activity is surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, skateboarding or just about anything else, Model X is designed to handle all of the logistical needs and provide access to new adventures.

Click for larger imageHonda Model X
Honda Model X

Designed without a B Pillar and with centre opening rear doors the Model X has “open wide” side doors that combine with a low, flat floor, to allow for easy loading and unloading. The rear roofline and rear window slides down into the tailgate. With the tailgate down, Model X provides an open and spacious rear loading area. With the side doors opened wide, the interior provides the perfect base camp for “side gate” parties.

While the silhouette of Model X provides a rough and tough appearance, the interior is designed to be resilient and “washable.” The interior floor is flat and wide, made of textured resin that is easy to clean. Model X’s seating is provided by front and rear bench seats. In addition, the back of the front seat slides across the seat cushion to provide a rear-facing seat when the vehicle is stopped. The seats are made of tough, durable and fully washable materials. Model X’s rear seats fold and slide completely forward, exposing a spacious load area designed to hold everything from mountain bikes to surf boards.

The instrument panel features classic individual round displays. A flip-up navigation screen arises from the dashboard. Model X’s screen also provides a wireless internet connection, perfect for receiving on board e-mail and getting the latest surf and ski reports. The screen also can be used for playing video games or DVDs.

The centre console hosts automatic climate control and a three-in-one stereo system including MP3 for direct downloading of the latest music from the internet, digital satellite radio, cassette and CD player. An overhead interior storage rack holds small items and packages.

A rally-style 5-speed manual transmission gear shift is mounted to the centre console. Power to the front wheels is provided by Honda’s next generation i-VTEC, 4-cylinder engine.

The Honda Model X will make its Canadian debut at the Montreal Auto Show later this month.

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