Honda has taken its Ridgeline pickup and thrown most of the body in the bin to create an amazing off-road concept car, the Open Air Vehicle Concept, which just debuted at SEMA.

It’s exactly what it looks like: a marriage between a pickup truck and side-by-side.

Most of the vehicle is built out of parts from a Ridgeline pickup.

The unibody chassis and suspension serve as the basis for the OAVC; the interior takes pieces like the instrument cluster and the dashboard.

The steering wheel is from a Pioneer 1000, and the whole interior is weatherproofed. The seats are from a Civic Type R, but have been recovered.

The exterior of the vehicle also takes styling cues and parts from Honda’s Pioneer 1000 side-by-side; in fact, the doors bolt right up. The truck bed has also been extensively modified to resemble that of the side-by-side.

Skid plates and a roll bar make it known this truck means business, and every black body panel appears to be sprayed with a protective truck bed-liner.

Engine specs were not discussed, but we are assuming it uses the same 3.5-litre V6 as the Ridgeline, which makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic. The Open Air Vehicle Concept could also be properly fast then, considering the mass it’s lost.

Honda hasn’t made a pickup truck to compete with the Ford Raptor or Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, but we think the OAVC takes the idea a step further out into the desert than the other two while being a little more adventurous at the same time.

Source: Driving

October 30, 2018