Honda unveils a Ridgeline x UTV mash-up at SEMA called the Open Air Concept Vehicle

Honda Open Air Vehicle

Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept for 2018 SEMA Show. Photo: Honda

While the Honda Ridgeline may not exactly evoke scenes of gravity-defying jumps and gag-inducing dirt plumes, the automaker’s off-road build revealed at this week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas certainly looks like it’s on its way to earning a dirty pedigree that would make any truck maker proud.

Created as an attempt to dream up what “the ultimate off-road Honda four-wheeled vehicle could look like,” rugged Open Air Vehicle concept is an impressive marriage between the Ridgeline pickup and Honda’s Pioneer 1000 side-by-side.

While the Rugged Open Air Vehicle is a concept, it nonetheless uses existing Honda components, such as modified Ridgeline body and suspension, along with production Pioneer doors and custom designed bed and tailgate panels modeled after the Pioneer.

Honda's Rugged Open Air Vehicle

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A 3.5-liter V6 is under the hood, married to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It boasts iVTM4 four-wheel drive and Intelligent Traction Management.

The Ridgeline chassis has been lifted 2 inches higher and the truck rides on 33-inch tires.

The Ridgeline-based interior has been modified to take on the outdoors and features a Pioneer 1000 steering wheel adapted to the Ridgeline steering column, along with Civic Type R seats reskinned in waterproof Pioneer 1000 material, smartphone holders from RAM Mounts, and durable paint-on surfaces to protect the exposed instrument panel from the elements.

Honda is certainly no stranger to off-roading. In June, Team Honda Racing Ridgeline won the Baja 500 for the second time in the last three years.

Back of Open Air Vehicle

Truck Bed of Open Air Vehicle

Front of Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle

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Bumper of Open Air Vehicle

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Interior of Honda's Rugged Open Air Vehicle

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Seating of Honda's Open Air Vehicle

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