Yamaha is best known for two-wheeled creations, but it has also been known to create four-wheeled car concepts here and there, like the intriguing Sports Ride shown at the Tokyo auto show in 2015. This year, Yamaha has created a funky concept vehicle that serves to complement its bike offerings. It’s called the Cross Hub, and it’s a tiny little trucklet that can accommodate two motorcycles in its bed. Think of it as similar to the Honda Ridgeline or the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup concept, only smaller and with more fanciful features.
At just 176.7 inches long, the Cross Hub is roughly the same size as a Honda Civic hatchback. How can two motorcycles fit into its stubby bed, then? The pinnacle of the Yamaha’s wackiness is its unconventional diamond-shaped four-seat layout. With the driver’s seat in the middle flanked by three passenger seats, the rear of the truck’s cab curves inward, allowing for enough cutaway space for each motorcycle’s front wheels.
Yamaha isn’t disclosing any powertrain specifications, which is no surprise given the hypothetical nature of this design study. We may not be entirely sold on the Cross Hub’s cyborg-like looks—but, considering the relatively gargantuan size of today’s so-called mid-size pickups, we do like the idea of a true compact truck that’s as usable as this one.