Honda Urban EV production prototype for Geneva


It's fair to say that Honda's Urban EV concept was one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 Frankfurt show. It wasn't simply because Honda had come up with a funky, relevant, interesting concept car either, but because it was also committing the concept to production. Soon as well, they said - unlike the NSX - with production cars due in 2020.

Almost two years on from that reveal and that timescale looks to be on track, with a 'prototype version' of Honda's new electric vehicle due at Geneva in March. Quite clearly it's derived from that concept, albeit with the retro chic toned down somewhat. Honda says the car has been developed "with a focus on functionality and purpose and the prototype sketch demonstrates this through its clean, simple and unique design." This sketch is all that's been released thus far, with no additional details or images.

It seems wrong therefore to pass any judgement just yet, though it's hard to avoid a sliver of disappointment given how fresh and smart that Urban EV looked - this prototype doesn't immediately grab you in the same way. Still, there's a lot more to discover as the show nears, so let's keep hope for a while - maybe Honda can do the Sports EV one day, too...



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  • TrickyTrevM5 23 Jan 2019

    This looks great. I really hope they can make it - and make it look like the concept. coolest EV since the i8

  • borat52 23 Jan 2019

    Make it self driving, build it to a tight budget with a modest range so that it can autopilot to a recharge station while it's mates come off charge and take up the reins and you have the perfect self driving city taxi there.

  • Smitters 23 Jan 2019

    I really hope the proper images are better than the one released. It's gone from genuine interest to meh for me, having lost all presence.

  • Nerdherder 23 Jan 2019

    Smitters said:
    I really hope the proper images are better than the one released. It's gone from genuine interest to meh for me, having lost all presence.
    Same here. Was very Excited about the concept, the new render.. Not so much. Keep it well proportioned like the concept please Honda!

  • AmitG 23 Jan 2019

    Smitters said:
    I really hope the proper images are better than the one released. It's gone from genuine interest to meh for me, having lost all presence.
    I agree. The concept was lovely - it looked really tidy with its straight edges, like a Golf mk1. The new one appears to look rather blobby.


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