Honda’s Urban EV concept stole the show at Frankfurt in 2017. Now, we’ve got our first official glimpse of the ‘close to production’ prototype in an official sketch. The prototype itself will take centre stage at March’s Geneva Motor Show.
This sketch follows a series of heavily-camouflaged spy shots. Both sources confirm that, although it’s inspired by the Urban EV concept (with its round headlamps, wing-mounted cameras and bonnet bulge), the production model’s styling will be fairly conservative in comparison to the concept which spawned it.
Most noticeably, the concept’s retro-styled three-door design has been ditched in favour of a more practical five-door layout. The concept’s squared off nose and thin pillars have also been replaced by more rounded, bulkier units, likely in the interest of crash safety.
The body of the prototype, although wider than the spied test mule, is narrower than the original concept. The ride-height also appears to have been raised. However, Honda’s official prototype image indicates that the production model could bear the concept’s quirky LED headlamps.
Honda hasn’t revealed battery output, power figures or performance data for its latest EV, nor is there any detail on prospective range or charge times. However, given its intended use, we expect a modest 200-mile range, mated to the latest fast-charge technology.
The original concept’s dinky exterior styling was reminiscent of the original seventies Honda Civic, while its interior was unlike anything we’ve seen from Honda before, with a minimalist design and huge dash-spanning central screen.
The 2017 Honda Urban EV concept also hinted at the future of Honda design. The backlit blue logo is supposed to appear on each of the company’s forthcoming EVs, for example, and the interactive screen between the headlights can display messages, such as charging status updates and greetings to other road users.
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