Honda have announced plans to build a new SUV, one that is designed for… Dogs.
The ‘Dog Car’ is built on the Honda Element platform and won’t look any different from the standard vehicle.
2017 Honda Element release date
The new vehicle is expected to be more practical, have some off-road capability and easily cleaned interior. It won’t be a regular Element, although we think that the Element branding will be used.
Release date: 2017
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2017 Honda Element redesign
The car itself will go on sale in America in the near future, prices are expected to start at around $16,000 (with a maximum price stated in the region of $26,000).
The front of the car has been styled to look not quite as aggressive as the previous one, but that is where the changes finish; few interior styling changes and the same 2.4 liter gas engine will be used, it has a maximum of 166 BHP.
2017 Honda Element interior
While nothing much has changed for the cabin, it is the trunk that has had the most modification; a soft covering (easily cleaned), built in cooling fans, water bowl and a walkway to ensure that the dog doesn’t have to jump into the trunk – it can simply walk.
All these features have been added purely for the pampered pets.
2017 Honda Element dimensions and weight
- Length – 170.2 in
- Width – 71.4 in
- Height – 70.3 in
- Wheelbase – 101.3 in
- Track front / rear: 62 / 62.2 in
- Ground clearance – 6.8 in
- Curb weight – 3659.6 lbs
- Trunk volume min/max: 25 /74.5 cubic ft.
- Towing capacity – 1499 lbs
- Turning radius of 17.3 ft.
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Honda Element discontinued
Honda have now decided to stop production of the Element; this special dog version will be the last one. Just 325,000 have been sold to date, which isn’t a large amount in this sector, especially when you consider that the Element has been around since 2002 – many people have chosen to go for the better and more popular CR-V model.
2017 Honda Element price
This last ‘dog model’ will cost a further $995 over the standard Element, regular prices start at $20,535 and rise to $25,585 for the top of the range model.
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