• Oct 21, 2009

Honda SkyDeck Concept - click above for high-res image gallery

Unlike the CR-Z which is nothing more than a thinly veiled preview of an upcoming production model, the Honda Skydeck remains a pure design study at this point. While most automakers would provide a full list of specifications for a concept that is nothing more than a fiberglass buck, Honda isn't bothering with even that. The only thing the automaker says about this Tokyo Motor Show star is that it's a theoretical hybrid.

The SkyDeck is a six-seat MPV with some oddball portals and interesting interior fitments. The front doors swing up Lambo style, while the rear sliders actually pop out like normal doors and drop down as they slide back, ideal for jamming against the curb.

Once inside, the first two rows of seats are cantilever mounted off of the center tunnel and the second row can slide forward and down to stow underneath the fronts. All the seats consist of a mesh material stretched between a wooden frame.

One interesting styling note is the shovel scoop grille similar to the CR-Z coupe. Is this the look of Honda models to come? We'll be asking when we visit the design center on Friday.



[Source: Honda]
Photos Copyright ©2009 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Volvo C30-esque rear treatment is pretty sweet. It looks like an angry badger from the front. Yet strangely....I actually like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Red, I missed your comment about the angry badger look prior to my posting my angry coonhound simile. Great minds thinking alike, but yours was quicker.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see Japanese station wagons coming back! Euro-wagons are expensive and unreliable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The beltline is weird, when it reaches the hood it goes up. wtf is up with that(No pun intended).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does this look familiar? Oh yeah, Pontiac Transport,,,,,
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow Honda sure is having an "ugly" streak these days
      • 5 Years Ago
      As with so many concepts, arguably nice to look at(except for the smooshed down roofline) but dagerous to look out of. The very low angles of the two A pillars(A1 and A2, to channel L.Welk) block out too much of the view of oncoming traffic fromthe front quarters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Take the R20 (long stroke version of R18 in Civic)
      Add two more cylinders, drop 'i-vtec'-use real VTEC, viola, 240hp 3.0 inline6 (shorter overhang) + 6 speed auto.

      Perfect for the coming times. [economic depression into worst depression]
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the resemblance with the CR-Z; it reminds me of a CR-Z minivan. I also really like the combination of scissor and sliding doors; they're both many times more useful than conventional swinging doors.
      I hope this goes into production (and is sold here too).
      That said, I doubt that future vehicles will have this kind of styling; AFAIK, the design studio that produced this and the CR-Z has been closed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone have an image of the GM minivans with the gullwing doors?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic. Lose the gull-wing doors (wouldn't want them and is sort of counter-productive for a practical minivan). This can easily be as popular as the mid-2000's Odyssey. The latest incarnation of the Ody seems to have lost the plot a bit, but Honda looks to be trying to re-write the minivan book with this Skydeck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whats up with the buck-tooth grill?, ruins an otherwise very cool concept
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed. just fix the logo and it's solved though. Not that it will happen. Seems the Bangle-itis is going to be these tear-duct elements to headlamps. I've seen them on multiple company concepts now: Opel, Honda, Suzuki (I think??) and probably a couple of others I'm forgetting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      actually this time around i dont care about the cars.... i just cant wait to see the girls for the Tokyo show!!
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