A few days after unveiling the Urban S.U.V. Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda headed to Canada and revealed the Gear Concept at the Montreal International Auto Show. After taking a look at the Gear, we wish we had gotten a peak at the concept stateside.
The Honda Gear Concept is a two-door, sporty hatchback aimed towards the active, urban, Generation-Y market. Unlike the Urban SUV Concept, there are no future production plans for the Gear. The adorable concept is only a design exercise.
Inspired by the simplicity and utilitarianism of fixed-gear bicycles with a façade reminiscent of the 1970s era Civics, the Gear is affordable, customizable, and practical – everything its racy hybrid cousin, the CR-Z, ultimately never became.
Like the Urban S.U.V. Concept, the Gear would compete in the hatchback market with Korean rivals Kia and Hyundai, who have made great strides in design and quality over the past decade. Unlike most of its competition however, the Gear finds a happy medium between edgy and ordinary.
“Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they’re fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer,” said Dave Marek, design director at Honda R&D Americas. “Gear Concept tears down those walls – it’s practical but fun, customizable, connected, and affordable.”
Currently, no technical specs or interior shots exist for the Gear Concept. Considering the Gear’s “fixed-gear bike” inspiration, the interior is likely to be minimalistic.
Hopefully, Honda will reconsider not putting the frog-faced Gear Concept into production. We’d be willing give this frog prince a kiss.