The fresh Honda SUT Concept made its world debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show and should go on sale in 2005.

The fresh Honda SUT Concept made its world debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show and should go on sale in 2005.

The Honda SUT Concept is a next-generation bakkie concept that combines a roomy and practical SUV-style interior and a bakkie-style load space.

The styling theme for the SUT Concept was "billet machined aluminium" capturing the idea of a vehicle that has been machined from a single block of metal. The design also takes advantage of its unibody frame to deliver the first fully integrated cabin and load space.

"People will recognise this as a new kind of truck," said Dave Marek, chief designer of the SUT Concept. "We wanted to express the unique character of Honda in a vehicle that we think will take all trucks into the next generation, stylistically."

The SUT Concept features a refined and spacious cabin with seating for five adults and a 1,5 metre load space with reduced intrusion of the real wheel arches for maximised cargo hauling capabilities.

Built around the image of an active young father, the Honda SUT Concept represents a fusion of everyday work and family life combined with weekend hobbies and family activity in one highly practical and functional vehicle, according to .

Combining fun-to-drive performance with environmental responsibility, the concept vehicle is powered by a high performance, high torque all-aluminum VTEC V6 engine coupled with an advanced electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system. With its wide track and sophisticated four-wheel fully independent suspension, the SUT Concept also delivers high levels of ride comfort as well as outstanding all-weather handling performance and off-road capabilities.

In addition to offering a high level of handling stability, the SUT Concept offers the expected advanced safety technology. The Honda SUT Concept integrates safety features such as side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), front-side airbags with the Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), four-wheel anti-lock brakes and pedestrian safety features.

Design details include a roof with a four-panelled skylight, a load space with integrated lights and speakers, seats featuring a roll bar appearance and front door liners with integrated torches.

Original article from Car