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Delhi Show: Honda reveals Vision XS-1 concept

XS-ive?: Honda’s new XS-1 concept has room for seven, eye-catching two-tone paint and India-friendly ground clearance.

Honda XS-1 with sliding doors joins long list of SUVs emerging in Delhi

Honda logo6 Feb 2014

By DANIEL GARDNER

DELHI is fast becoming the hottest venue for concept SUVs, with Honda the latest car-maker to choose India’s premier motorshow as the platform for fresh metal in the guise of its Vision XS-1 seven-seater.

Renault, Volkswagen and Chevrolet have already unveiled new high-riding show vehicles in Delhi to demonstrate their commitment to the emerging Indian market, and now Honda is following suit with its large people-moving concept.

The two-tone concept continues Honda’s M/M (or man-maximum/machine minimum) philosophy that has been implemented in previous vehicles such as the recent one-plus-one MC-B.

All five front seats are easily accessed through two large sliding doors, while third-row passengers jump in via a more conventional tilting seat arrangement.

The concept also represents a continuation of their long-held “Exciting H Design” and the Japanese maker describes the XS-1 concept as “realising both sportiness and versatile space at the same time”.

While Honda says there are currently no plans to put the XS-1 in to production, forthcoming models may borrow features that filter down from the show-car.

High-riding SUVs and crossovers are hot-property on India’s inconsistent road-surfaces, and this is likely the reason so many of the worlds manufacturers have chosen Delhi as the place to launch their pot-hole hopping offerings.

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