Honda’s P-NUT Design Concept Supports Small Displacement ICE, Hybrid or Battery Electric Powertrains
American Honda unveiled its new design study concept for urban transport, the Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT), at the LA Auto Show. The ultra-compact car is conceived around a small footprint for maximum convenience in tight urban settings. The packaging concept integrates a center driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout.
|Honda’s P-NUT. Click to enlarge.|
The modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.
A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centers that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities. The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle.—Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
The layout of the interior space, with its center driving position flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants, roughly the equivalent of a mid-sized sedan in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a micro car. Interior functionality is increased by rear seating areas that fold up and out of the way to increase storage capacity. The windshield serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera.