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Yamaha Cross Hub Concept is a Tiny Truck for Urbanites

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/25/2017 Motor Trend Staff
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The small truck segment has seen a resurgence in recent years. Although the Toyota Tacoma was the only real player for a little while, the arrival of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, and the upcoming Ford Ranger signal a healthy future for the category. But what about tiny trucks like this bizarre creation from Yamaha?

Like many of today's smaller trucks, the Yamaha Cross Hub Concept appeals to those with recreational lifestyles. The pickup is "aimed at connecting the 'active' and 'urban' in the lifestyles of Yamaha enthusiasts," the company said in a press release.

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Yamaha claims the rear has enough room to carry two motorcycles. Inside the cabin, there are four ultra-slim seats arranged in a diamond layout to maximize the use of the space. The vehicle measures just 14.73 feet in length, 6.43 feet in width, and 5.74 feet in height.

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Thepickup is based on a platform mashup of two previous concepts created by Yamaha: the 2013 Motiv and 2015 Sports Ride. Both of these vehicles were made in collaboration with McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray, although Yamaha didn't join forces with him this time around. The previous concepts share Murray's iStream manufacturing technology that is said to lower the cost of vehicle production. No powertrain information has been revealed on the pickup, but we imagine it could get away with a very small engine.

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Will tiny trucks take off just like tiny crossovers have? It's seems pretty unlikely (especially in the 'States), but we love seeing these concepts anyway.

Source: Yamaha

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