Honda Skydeck Concept Melds Minivan and Hybrid Crossover Themes
By KBB.com Editors on October 6, 2009 12:13 PMOne of Honda's Tokyo highlights will be this dramatically styled multi-purpose one-off called the Skydeck. A more engaging take on practical transport, it matches high-profile bodywork with scissor-style front doors and van-like rear sliders while tossing in a huge panoramic glass roof for good measure. The Skydeck's airy cabin is fitted with six individual "floating" bucket seats anchored to a center tunnel that houses a battery pack that provides supplemental boost for its new, but yet-to-be-revealed variation on Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system. In addition to lowering its center of gravity, locating the battery and related hybrid hardware amidships rather than in Honda's usual under-the-rear-floor position also results in greater legroom for those occupying the Skydeck's modernistic wood-with-mesh-insert seats. Although Honda has admitted interest in creating new types of vehicles, particularly hybrid variations that will appeal to an even wider range of customers, it currently has no plans to put the Skydeck into production. However, virtually all of its sleekly aggressive styling cues would be just as welcome on a conventional minivan like its Odyssey, even if items like the flip-up front doors and those translucent green wheels had to give way to more traditional counterparts and the cabin details ended up being a bit less avant garde in character.