Vauxhall TRIXX

The Vauxhall/Opel TRIXX small car concept to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next month highlights the company’s accelerating innovative design and style objectives.

TRIXX has an inflatable rear seat, sliding electric doors, and a push-button roof hatch that allows it to carry extra-long objects upright. For economy and performance in the ultra-compact city car Vauxhall/Opel has selected the all-new 1.3 CDTi common rail diesel engine.

The highly versatile car can carry up to three adults and a child, and as a one-seater it turns into a substantial load carrier.

Three electrically powered ‘pantograph’ doors, two on the passenger’s side and one on the driver’s side, allow easy access and loading.

There are several other ingenious ideas – a foldaway front passenger’s seat and a luggage rack at the rear that pulls out like a drawer, and carries heavy items or those too dirty to travel inside.

Martin Smith, Vauxhall/Opel executive director, design, says: "TRIXX shows our vision of an innovative, ultra-compact car in the three-metre-class, with an expressive, exciting design and a variety of mobility requirements with its clever, highly versatile interior concept."

The 119in long, 65in wide and 61in high, front-wheel drive TRIXX is the ideal transport partner for all city dwellers.

With the front passenger seat folded away the load-area length of 60in from rear to instrument panel is enough to carry a fully assembled mountain bike.

The front passenger can choose to enjoy a particularly comfortable ride with ample legroom by folding the front seat away and travelling on the couch-like rear seat. This can also be concealed, or inflates in a matter of seconds via the on-board air compressor. A child’s seat folds down behind the driver’s seat.

Bulky objects are loaded easily through the pair of electrically operated ‘pantograph’ doors that open wide to the front and the rear. These doors have a supporting arm that lets them open parallel to the side of the vehicle, like sliding doors. TRIXX does not need a tailgate, but the rear window lowers for additional access to the interior. The rear half of the glass sunroof slides forward to provide a load-aperture similar to a pick-up truck.

Published : 02/02/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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