2005 Holden S3X Concept review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 1 March 2006 , 13:03:32 byEmil

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Holden S3X Concept

Holden confirmed a production version of the S3X which would be introduced into the Australian market during 2006, offering the full flexibility of an SUV-style vehicle with the confidence of the Holden brand.
rnThe production vehicle will closely resemble the S3X which has gathered major design accolades since its world debut in late 2004.Holden has shown the striking S3X concept SUV as the preview for a seven-seater Holden destined for Australia next year. rn

rnAnd the car has an Australian influence with two former Holden designers, Michael Simcoe and Max Wolff, part of the design team which ensured the car would attract global attention.
rnGM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, today said S3X signalled a new era for Holden's market footprint in Australia and its most purposeful step into the SUV arena.

rnrnMr Mooney said the SUV would immediately challenge established performers through its attention-getting design and carrying flexibility. rn

rn"The S3X production version will fill Holden's most obvious portfolio gap in a truly convincing way," he said. "It will have great packaging flexibility, up-to-the-minute design and extremely competitive levels of equipment. rn

rnHolden has been involved in the vehicle's design and engineering development with GM Daewoo Auto & Technology, with the production version representing the first vehicle to fully benefit from General Motors' global resources since GM's major investment in GMDAT in 2002. rn

rnIn order to increase its appeal for Australian buyers Holden engineers have also worked with GMDAT on various aspects of the production version. rn

rn"The production version of this car will represent a true collaboration between various parts of General Motors operations in the Asia-Pacific region," Mr Mooney said. rn

rn"Being involved at such an early stage brings great rewards in terms of how the car looks and just as importantly, how it performs." rn

rnS3X highlights

rnThe S3X concept car has been warmly received since its global debut as the Chevrolet S3X at one of the world's major motor shows, the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, in September 2004. rn

rnWith some special features the eye is immediately drawn to the car's purposeful stance and powerfully flared wheel arches filled by 20-inch nine-spoke wheels. Other exterior highlights include metal inserts in the front and rear bumpers and horizontal vents in the wings. rnrn

The jewel-like front headlamps are designed to catch and divert light through cylindrical prisms. rn

rnThe S3X has a wheelbase of about 2.7 metres, placing it roughly equal to several of the country's top-selling SUV offerings. Its exterior dimensions are 4639mm in length, 1848mm in width and 1722mm in height. rn

rnSitting inside the car, the light and roomy atmosphere created by the large, louvre-style glass roof becomes immediately apparent. rn

rnThe design of the interior is dominated by a combination of metal and real wood. The on-board infotainment system includes a DVD-based navigation system linked to an 18-centimetre monitor. At the rear, the window can be opened separately to access the luggage compartment without opening the tailgate. rn

rnThe concept car features environmentally friendly hybrid technology, offering a glimpse into General Motors' potential future propulsion systems. rn

rnIn 2006 will be the global debut of the production version. Holden is yet to announce Australian launch timing or local specifications and features.rn