Honda Urban EV Concept, the company’s new all-electric vehicle, has been unveiled during the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017.
To add to the excitement, this new Honda is built on an entirely new platform. It represents the future for Honda EV technology.
During his conference speech, the concept was officially introduced by Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo.
“This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” he added, confirming that the concept is set to be launched within two years.
New Honda Urban EV Concept does represent the direction Honda is going for future models, whilst also being reminiscent of the mid-90s generation of the VW Golf GTI.
This somewhat breaks a common convention of carmakers to debut outlandish EV designs on vehicles, like the Mercedes EQA.
Urban EV Concept is both low and wide. It is also 100m shorter than the Jazz supermini.
As a clever addition, the front of the car displays multilingual messages between the headlights.
The back seating has a ''lounge feeling'' with a bench style and rear-hinged coach doors to allow access.
The front has a "floating; dashboard console houses the steering wheel column, a simple set of buttons and a panoramic display screen".
For an innovative finish, the dashboard has a wraparound screen that extends behind the console and round into the doors, which will display information such as the battery level.
Honda has included the advanced Automated Network Assistant, which acts as a personal concierge which is said to learn from the driver and detect emotions behind their judgments. It can then use this information to make new choices and recommendations to the driver.
In the next two years, this car is expected to enter the market but the pricing and specs are yet to be confirmed.