KIWAMI – meaning “ultimate” in Japanese – was first displayed at Tokyo Motor
Show last year and is Honda’s futuristic vision of a fuel-cell powered luxury
sedan. In keeping with KIWAMI’s environmentally-friendly fuel source, its
aesthetics are based on traditional Japanese design principles of balance,
purity and function.
KIWAMI’s styling is minimalist in appearance, yet features the latest
“intelligent” technology, including Honda fuel cell stack, synchronized control
4WD system, exterior information display and panel-touch gear shifting.
KIWAMI is designed with a low, wide wedge shape and has a roofline of just
1250mm – 35mm lower than the S2000 sports car. The H-shaped layout of the
control unit, ultra capacitor, fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage unit allow
KIWAMI to have a low centre of gravity and low floor. It’s wide, low dimensions
also allow handling stability and a comfortable, spacious interior for four
Honda has also made a design feature out the fuel cell stack, ultra capacitor
and hydrogen storage unit. All three are housed in a tunnel that extends from
the dashboard through to the rear seats, which has blue illumination. Two dials
are positioned between the front passenger seats, controlling functions on the
dashboard’s information display.
KIWAMI will be showcased alongside Honda’s range of passenger cars, including
revised versions of the CR-V four-wheel drive, Jazz and Integra range. The
Australian International Motor Show will open at the Darling Harbour Exhibition
Centre in Sydney from 7-17 October.
SPECIFICATIONS - KIWAMI
||High output Honda fuel cell stack, DC motor & energy storage hydrogen
||Twin motor with synchronised 4WD system|
||Front: 225/45R18 Rear: 255/45R19|