Honda Skydeck Concept

You may or may not be looking at inspiration for the next generation Honda Odyssey when you look at the Skydeck Concept vehicle. I say may or may not because, well, it’s a little out there. Compared to the minivans of today, the Skydeck is downright sexy. It’s bold and stylish when compared to the Odysseys and Siennas of 2009. But bold is a tough sell in the minivan world, where boring and reliable sell.

Honda Skydeck killer feature
Hidden inside the center console that runs between the seats is a series of batteries. That’s right, the Skydeck is a hybrid, with a full Honda IMA ( Integrated Motor Assist ) setup. Minivan buyers would eat this up – they already chose the minivan instead of a gas-guzzling SUV, so up-selling them to a hybrid should be a no-brainer.

Some of the features that surely won’t make it to production in any way are: the cool scissor front doors, adn the magic floating seats. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the front two rows of seats are actually mounted to the center console. The second row can easily fold and slide under the first row, creating an absolutely ridiculous amount of cargo area. There is also the potential problem that the Skydeck seats “just” six, when a traditional minivan seats 7. Granted, not everyone who buys a minivan has 5 kids, but it needs to be pointed out.

I think with minor modifications, the Skydeck could be a viable vehicle. Perhaps not as a direct Odyssey replacement, but maybe even as a Pilot replacement. More room, better fuel economy, better styling, etc etc. Honda – we’re interested.


Published on October 21, 2009 in Honda,Hybrids

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