Honda has given us a glimpse into its future design direction by unveiling the Vision XS-1 concept at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Honda says the concept does not preview a direct production model but embodies its future.
The jacked up concept appears similar in stature to the Nissan Juke but is able to seat up to seven occupants thanks to the three rows of seats in the compact body. Huge sliding doors and the lack of a B-pillar provide easy access to the rear, with angular lines and sharp creases on the flanks and at the rear breaking up its boxy shape.
Honda has opted for a very minimalist but hardwearing interior with a centrally mounted integrated touchscreen. More durable but modern plastics can be seen on the dash and lower down on the centre console.
The Vision XS-1 is based on Honda’s M/M concept, which focuses on maximising passenger space and minimising space required for mechanical components. The concept is also one of the first design studies to employ Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy, denoted by the solid chrome wing grille and integrated LED headlights – something which will become Honda’s design identity.
Although the Japanese manufacturer says no production model is planned, it chose to debut the Vision XS-1 in New Delhi as the brand is looking to expand into growing markets such as India.