What is Unibody?

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Unibody construction implies that the vehicle’s chassis and body are one connected piece. Unibody designs are out and away the foremost common today, because of their advantages in production.

Almost all cars and crossovers are unibody, while most trucks and “true” SUVs remain body-on-frame. A notable exception is that the Honda Ridgeline, the sole unibody truck for the present. It performs basic truck duties well, but compared to something just like the Jeep Gladiator, the Ridgeline isn’t nearly as good for off-roading or towing. Still, Honda’s truck has fared far better than Ford’s ill-suited unibody pickup trucks from the first 1960s.

The simplest unibody design is what’s called a monocoque. This French word means “singular hull,” and describes vehicles with a seamless body, chassis, and skin. It’s a design rarely seen in road vehicles except for very high-end supercars.

Another prominent example of monocoque design would be Formula-1 cars. The bulk of unibody cars on roads today aren’t quite as unified. They still have separate pieces like hoods, doors, and fenders.

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