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Honda set to expand utility vehicle offering

Famous for its atvs, Honda is set to launch its first side-by-side utility vehicle in the UK.


Richard   Bradley

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Honda's Pioneer, available as a two- or four-seater, has a striking appearance.

Honda is set to launch its first side-by-side utility vehicle in the UK in early 2017.

Named the Pioneer, two- and four-seater models will be available.

 

Currently, only a 700cc petrol engine with three-speed automatic transmission will be available in the UK, but 500cc and 1,000cc versions of the Pioneer are available in the States.

 

A dashboard mounted lever is used to engage four-wheel drive and front differential lock.

 

In the US a limited slip differential, like that used in Honda’s range of atvs, is fitted at the rear.

Rollover frame on four-seater models extends over the load bed.

Towing capacity is rated at 680kg, while the tipping rear load bed allows an additional 386kg to be carried and gas struts are used to assist tipping.

 

To maintain ground clearance when carrying loads, pre-load can be adjusted on the independent rear suspension.

 

The manufacturer’s QuickFlip seating system on four seater models doubles up the rear load bed as rear seats. Full load-carrying capacity and tipping are still available. Mounted under the bed, seats are flipped up when required, meaning that you can’t carry four passengers and equipment in the back without a trailer. Hinging side panels provide access in and out of the seats.

 

While UK prices are not confirmed, a two-seater Pioneer in the US costs around £11,000.

Pioneer Specifications at a glance:

  • Models: two-seater 700-2, four-seater 700-4
  • Engine: Honda, 675cc petrol
  • Transmission: three-speed automatic
  • Axles and drive: 2wd, 4wd and 4wd with locking front differential
  • Load bed capacity: 386kg
  • Towing capacity: 680kg
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