While we can’t attend this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon in person (sad face emoji), brands like Honda are still releasing vehicles virtually. Last week, we saw two cute little concept cars from the company: an N-One mobile cafe and an off-road Fit hatchback. Today we have our first official look at another N-One concept Honda has prepared for Tokyo.
This is the Honda N-One K-Climb Concept, and as the name suggests, this pint-sized pickup was explicitly built for hill climbs. Based on the sporty N-One RS, the K-Climb Concept produces 63 horsepower (48 kilowatts) and just 77 pound-feet (104 newton-meters) via a 0.6-liter engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. . .
Although the engine hasn’t changed, the skipped foundations make the K-Climb concept even more agile. Honda slightly lengthened the N-One’s wheelbase and fitted with bigger, stickier tires. And to accommodate that extra width, a set of carbon fiber fender flares adorn each wheel. There’s also a carbon fiber hood, as well as a carbon fiber front bumper, grille and rear splitter – all in an effort to keep weight down. Honda hasn’t said how much the K-Climb Concept weighs, but the base RS model already tips the scales at 907 kilograms (2,000 pounds).
The K-Climb pictured here is just the prototype, sporting a yellow exterior with carbon fiber accents and a few performance-oriented decals. But Honda says that’s not the vehicle’s final look. The company encourages you to vote on three potential liveries on its website: blue with a gold stripe and numbering, white with bright yellow accents and a black roof, or a multicolored pink and green look that we love the most. One of these looks will debut at a later date.
It’s unclear if the N-One K-Climb is just a concept, or if Honda will actually offer a limited series of these super little vans in Japan. All the company is saying right now is that they will keep us “informed of the development process”.