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by Tim Beissmann

The Honda Vision XS-1 concept unveiled at the Indian auto expo previews a future sporty seven-seat SUV from the Japanese car maker.

Designed around Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ philosophy, the Vision XS-1 concept claims to package a spacious cabin with three rows of seating in a compact body with sports styling cues.

Embracing the brand’s ‘Exciting H Design’ language, the black and blue Honda Vision XS-1 concept features a bold silver grille bar spanning the entire front end and sheltering piercing LED headlights. Blue-tinged LED fog lamps sit deep in the contoured bumper, which flows wide and melds into the concept’s prominent wheel arches.

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Expansive sliding doors provide access to the cabin, reaching beyond the rear of the Vision XS-1, which sports angular pillar- and tailgate-mounted LED tail-lights and a black bumper insert with twin exhaust outlets.

A large central infotainment touchscreen dominates the minimalist dashboard, while a large tachometer hints at the concept’s sporting tilt.

Black, white, orange and beige surfaces and trim highlights add character to the cabin, with leather and metal used widely and lightweight mesh material applied across the seats.

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Honda says the Vision XS-1 concept was designed to represent the car maker’s creativity in designing new compact models – a segment it sees as increasingly important as it continues to grow around the world.

While there are no production plans for the Vision XS-1 at this stage, the concept is expected to inspire future SUVs from the brand.

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