Outlandish Honda Civic Pickup Truck Unveiled

Outlandish Honda Civic Pickup Truck Unveiled

Outlandish Honda Civic Pickup Truck Unveiled

A new concept vehicle from Japanese automaker Honda has been introduced this week, taking the standard format of a practical pickup truck and mixing it with the sporty sensibilities of the Civic Type R hatchback.

While this vehicle is unlikely to ever go into production on a large scale, it is an entertaining project and one which also proves just how popular pickups have become over the past few years in the UK.

The UK-built concept is an amalgamation of a number of Civic Type R designs, with its rearmost seats and boot area stripped away to leave just the driver and front passenger room to sit on board. Meanwhile, the back end has been converted to accommodate a steel-lined load bed which is hard-wearing and suitable for accommodating a number of different types of equipment.

Interestingly, the truck retains the large rear wing of the passenger car on which it is based, giving it the look of a hot hatchback while still allowing for awkward loads to be held securely on board.

It may be an unusual combination of different components, but the Project P truck is apparently quite stable on the road and provides a decent level of comfort in the cab, according to Business Vans.

Honda’s engineers even claim that it is able to perform effectively in a track scenario, although it is probably not advisable to take it out racing with anything valuable or weighty stowed in the load bed.

Roll bars fitted just behind the cab provide it with a little extra safety if something goes awry in the corners, while the beefy engine under the bonnet is capable of boosting the truck to a top speed of 165mph. It can accelerate to 62mph from a standing start in less than six seconds, so it truly offers a lot of the guts and gusto of the standard Type R.

Honda spokesperson Phil Webb said that this concept pickup truck was built by a team in Swindon as a passion project, with many engineers putting in extra hours after they had finished their shifts each day to make sure that it was designed to perfection and constructed in a cohesive, seamless way.

In the UK most pickup trucks which are sold to business users are not innately sporty, instead focusing on providing excellent levels of pulling power for towing purposes as well as offering a decent payload in the cargo area. However, in other markets, there is definitely a demand for LCVs like this which offer practical benefits as well as plenty of power under the surface.

Since this concept truck was developed in the UK, it could signal the start of a new era of performance-focused pickups or at least create a niche in the market which has not existed in the past. The recently revealed Brabus edition of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is another example of how the market is shifting, with lifestyle-oriented versions of workmanlike LCVs becoming more commonly available both new and used.

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