This is the first car concept launched by bike maker Yamaha in recent years with no clear link to McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray
Motorbike maker Yamaha has revealed an SUV at Tokyo motor show called the Cross Hub Concept.
It is the third car concept we’ve seen from the brand in recent years but most notably, the first that has not been designed by famed McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray.
Meanwhile, Murray is branching out by himself: earlier this week, he announced he would launch his own low-volume car firm.
While the Cross Hub concept is the newest car model to be shown, Yamaha president Takuya Nakata confirmed at the Tokyo show that its previously two concepts, the 2013 Motiv and 2015 Sports Ride Concept, are still under consideration.
At the press conference, a video showed the brand is still working on the two concepts.
Nakata said Murray has been commissioned to make engineering prototypes and evaluation is ongoing. “We are still studying the feasibility and to do that properly will take some years more.”
There were few details on the Cross Hub Concept, except that it used a diamond-shaped seating layout in the cabin and can carry two motorbikes at the rear.
Yamaha said the vehicle is aimed at “connecting the active and urban in the lifestyles of Yamaha enthusiasts”.