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Honda patents new roof and interior design

August 28, 2017, 05:39 PM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Honda patents new roof and interior design

For a while now, the Japanese car manufacturer, Honda, has been working on sporty models for the future. The company recently patented the new cabin design with a floating instrument cluster and a new roof structure for the targa top vehicle. Reports indicate that the fresh development might be seen in a new smaller sport version from Honda.

Based on what can be seen, the line drawings depict a vehicle cabin without a traditional instrument panel. The vehicle will instead come with a slim screen attached to the steering column. It is believed that the new design element offers better driver visibility which is vital in driving a performance car. The design further reveals that the vehicle will get a tall centre stack with a wide infotainment screen that sits on top. The two sides of the dashboard will have an inward pointing design. Below that, the vehicle gets a prominent knob along with a small touchpad at the base of the centre console.

The illustrations for the new roof concept indicate a removable top from the Honda S660 kei-class roadster. Based on what can be seen, the document reveals a canvas panel with a metal frame that is attached to the top of a windshield and goes to a point which is behind the occupants. The canvas rolling function will be controlled by a motor and will fit neatly into the rear section. Although reports hint at the possibility of a detachable roof being offered in order to lose weight for better performance, it is likely that the roof will get a light weight material with an electric motor.

For now, it is too early to comment as to which new model will get the fresh development. More details regarding the same will be known in the days to come.

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