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New York Auto Show: Honda rocks the box with Element SC prototype



Finally answering the cult of Element enthusiasts (hey, we know a few), Honda is set to rock its Box with a production version of SC prototype unveiled here in New York.

Lowered three-inches on a sport suspension and seen here on 21" wheels and tires (245/35R21), the 2007 Element SC prototype sports a full body kit, painted exterior paneling and trim, and most obviously, a reworked nose with blacked-out grille and projector-beam headlamps.

The Element SC's interior has received a light revamp as well, netting a reworked center console, full interior carpeting (in place of the current Element's washable flooring), 'copper hue instrument panel' with LED backlighting and piano black trim.

Also indicative of the direction Honda is taking with its Element, the concept's 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine gets a ten pony bump to 166 horsepower, courtesy less-restrictive intake and exhaust systems, as well as high-lift cams. The throttle will henceforth be drive-by-wire, and the automatic sprouts a fifth gear.

In the safety arena, the Element gets a new seat belt design that eases entry and exit to the rear seat-- a common complaint among H-Box afficianados. This, along with a side curtain airbags, stability control, and anti-lock supervision.

A production version of the urbanized Element is set for this fall.

(full press release and tons of photos after the jump!)

[Source: Honda]


*Wonders if SC stands for Scion Copy...?* :roll:
 
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Hmm let see, NO :roll:

The Element was the first ugly Econoboxy by about a year :lol:
 

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Hmm let see, NO :roll:

The Element was the first ugly Econoboxy by about a year :lol:
Oh really?? Because the introduction of the Toyota bB goes back to 1999... And the Element? Hmmm... 2003.

And I was originally referring to Honda now making the Element a "tuner crowd" car, complete with lowered ride, body kits, oversize rims, low profile tires and carpeting. Guess the "wash the interior out with a hose" crowd isn't their target market anymore... :roll:
 
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The US market has the xB and the xB was a 2004 first year product. It was revised for the US market.

If you want to get technical, the Element is based heavily on the CRV which was a 1996 introduction :roll:

Its a concept car, all the makers have various themed cars like that and its not unusual for a company to make a special edition vehicle.

How about the joke that is the taco street truck :p

Differences between the xB and the bB

Besides the obvious change from right to left-hand drive, the front passenger area has changed significantly. The bB has a front bench seat and a column-mounted shifter for the automatic transmission. The xB, on the other hand, has 2 front bucket seats and a shifter mounted on a center console.

The available drivetrains also differ. The bB is available with either the 1.3 liter 2NZ-FE engine or the 1.5 L 1NZ-FE, mated exclusively to a 4-speed automatic transmission, with available all-wheel drive. The xB is only available with the 1NZ-FE, but offers both a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is not offered on the xB.
 
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