First Look: 2010 Honda 3R-C Concept

The array of conceptual urban cruisers from Honda continues, as the automaker released photos of its new 3R-C concept, which will debut at next week’s Geneva motor show.

While the P-NUT concept was the brainchild of Honda’s American R&D styling studio, the 3R-C was designed and developed solely by the company’s European studio in Milan, Italy. Billed as a “minimal urban transport vehicle,” it’s hard to call the 3R-C a concept car, as the one-passenger, three-wheeled design study blurs the line between microcar and scooter.

Although it appears to have a translucent canopy in these pictures, it only shields the cockpit when the 3R-C is parked. In normal operation, it rotates upright, serving as a windshield and air deflector. Designers wrapped the “safety seat” in bodywork, helping protect the driver from debris and traffic. We’d imagine a helmet would be requisite, and conveniently enough, the 3R-C sports a locking trunk, large enough for such gear or small luggage.

Power, we’re told, comes from a battery-electric driveline mounted low in the chassis, but Honda provides no details nor indicates if the concept is actually functional. We’ll hopefully learn more come March 2, when the press days in Geneva kick off. Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest from the Swiss motor show.

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