Right now I'm writing this with blood dripping from my nose because when I first saw this image of Honda's tiny kei-class pickup and its little, impeccably-designed camper, I leapt at my screen in an instinctive attempt to get to the car. Of course, I impacted the monitor hard, and fell off the back of my desk, legs kicking uselessly in the air.
My admiration for Honda's N-Box Slash is no secret, and it seems that whoever at Honda is in charge of monitoring the implant in my head has been paying extra-special attention lately, because they've turned the N-Slash into a tiny, glorious pickup truck, and expanded the N/ novel design language into a lovely little camping trailer. The concept is called, creatively, theN-TRUCK/N-CAMP.
These concepts were made for the Japan CampingCar Show 2015, which is now high on my list of places I'd like to teleport to in the upcoming few weeks.
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It's unlikely this camper or even the pickup version of the N/ will make it to production, but there's actually plenty of Kei-class tiny campers around. There's a nice roundup of some of these here, and it's not like there's no history of Japanese insane tiny pickup trucks made from chopped-down boxy cars, after all.
I'm not entirely sure just what it is about cars like this I find so appealing, but it's there. The maniacal levels of space-utilization in that camper are somehow incredibly satisfying, and I would happily daily that little truck, and get an absurd thrill of unlikely utility every time I crammed something useful in that short but I bet still usable bed.
So, congratulations again, Honda. You've made something else I think is fantastic, and now have even less of a chance of ever having anything remotely like it. A sleeping bag in a Fit just isn't going to cut it, either.
Thanks a lot.