Honda has unveiled its new design for the CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) concept known as the “Vision XS-1” at India’s Delhi Auto Expo. This vehicle bears a strong resemblance to another concept released from Honda called the “Vezel” but with sportier accents and lines. It has the ability to seat seven people with the assistance of mini-van inspired sliding doors.
No B-pillar means easy access
This concept, like recent designs from Honda, follows their new “Exciting H Design” look that can be seen on the new model Fit. The car has no B-pillar, which allows full cabin access through the two sliding doors. Omitting this key structural feature does look neat and innovative but as a result the vehicle may have a hard time passing some safety regulations. That being said, I think it’s safe to assume that the look and design of the concept would stay when moving forward to production but the absent B-pillar may have to change.
Honda has said absolutely nothing about what will power this little people mover but judging by the thin floor and general frame structure, my bet would be plug-in electric. Although, the front end does seem to be long enough to house a small hybrid setup, the photos from its unveiling do not show an obvious gas-door for refuelling nor anything resembling an exhaust pipe.
One thing to remember is that this concept was made for India where the roads are notoriously cramped and congested with cars. The two sliding doors would make it a lot easier for people to park in tight spaces and still open the door to exit. Given that and its small and narrow stature, it should be well received in the Indian auto market.