Honda will show a concept version of its cute new electric car ahead of the production model launching for customers to buy later in 2019.
Previewed by the smash-hit Honda Urban EV Concept in 2017, the Geneva design study is a step closer to Honda’s showroom-ready proposition.
The final car is not expected to differ greatly from the Geneva show car. Honda has a history of showing ‘concepts’ that are thinly disguised production machines, and the Geneva electric vehicle concept should follow this trend.
Honda is targeting two in three European sales to be electrified by 2025 – that’s both fully electric cars and petrol-electric hybrids. The production version of the Honda Urban EV will be a key part of meeting this ‘Electric Vision’ goal.
The global debut of this new concept is a coup for the Geneva Motor Show, and Honda is promising “a clear link to Honda’s Urban EV concept, initially shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show”.
Honda Urban EV Concept
The gorgeous Honda Urban EV was the surprise star of Frankfurt 2017. A compact three-door electric car, its design was clean, simple, and brilliantly mixed retro and modern.
It also had a striking interior with a full-length display screen. The production car may not have one quite as large, but it’s expected to draw from it. Again, we’ll find out more at Geneva 2019.
It will also be interesting to see if Honda carries over the idea of having different seat trims for the Urban EV’s four seats – and whether the ‘virtual’ door mirrors make production.