Honda P-NUT concept. Click image to enlarge
Honda P-NUT concept
Montreal, Quebec – Honda’s Personal-Neo Urban Transport design study, known as P-NUT, has made its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show. The P-NUT demonstrates what a futuristic ultra-compact and sophisticated city coupe might look like.
The P-NUT is planned around a small footprint for maximum convenience in tight urban settings, but with a packaging concept that maximizes interior space. It integrates a centre driving position and rear powertrain layout, with crisp angles, dynamic flowing lines, and a sleek and aggressive exterior that allows for a spacious and open interior with excellent visibility.
“A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centres that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities,” said Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D America.s “The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle.”
The P-NUT’s centre driving position, flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants that is roughly the equivalent of a midsize sedan, in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a micro car. The rear seating areas fold up and out of the way to increase storage capacity, while the windshield serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and backup camera.
The modular rear engine bay, defined on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies, including a conventional small-displacement internal combustion engine, hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.
“The objective of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential for a new type of small segment category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing ultra-compact designs,” Marek said. “While the Honda P-NUT concept introduces function-oriented concepts, it also shows that small cars don’t have to compromise on style or amenities.”
The P-NUT was developed by the Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas in Pasadena, California.