American Honda Motor Co. has given its Model X - a small, box-shaped sport-utility that debuted at the Detroit auto show last year - the green light for production.
"We put it on a fast track and hope to have it in showrooms before the end of the year," said Dick Colliver, Honda's executive vice president of sales. "In fact, it's on such a fast track that we don't even have a name for it yet."
The production model will maintain its wide-swing doors and flat cargo floor, Colliver said. The doors were designed without B-pillars to allow easy loading and unloading of cargo.
The company has not publicly discussed engine possibilities for the X.
The concept focused heavily on functionality instead of appearance and was aimed at active male buyers in their 20s.
Colliver did not say how many vehicles Honda hopes to sell. He said Honda will try to keep the price under $20,000.