American Isuzu Motors Inc. took styling cues from what it considers the original utility vehicle -- the stagecoach -- to create its GBX concept sport-utility.
One of the 33-year-old designer's goals was to create a large passenger compartment that mirrored that of the stagecoach. Reverse-swing rear doors, which eliminated the B-pillar, were added to give passengers open access to the interior.
"The GBX is a design that's highly utility-focused," said Scott Hyde, executive manager of product planning for American Isuzu's sport-utility business. "It's a vehicle that welcomes the off-road world with open arms and an abundance of ground clearance."
With its 21-inch wheels, the design of the GBX (which stands for gearbox) exposes the vehicle's structural frame. The exterior features a six-section front grille that Isuzu said represents the six continents on which Isuzus are sold.
Geared toward people who like to haul sports equipment and work supplies in their vehicles, the GBX has a storage area for tools. In addition, a portion of the roof near the rear is made of canvas and can be opened to accommodate extra-long equipment. A third row of seats can be folded to add more storage space in the back.
Other interior features include removable flashlights attached to the rear-view mirrors and water-repellant leather-and-suede seats.