2019 Geneva Motor Show: Honda Urban EV To Retain The Same Design For Production
Hondaâ€™s cutesy Urban EV garnered plenty of positive response when it was unveiled to us. Calling it the E Prototype at this yearâ€™s Geneva Motor Show, the company has decided to commission its production.
Following the overwhelming response to the clean and simple electric city car, Hondaâ€™s design boss Makoto Iwaki has promised on retaining the carâ€™s concept design for production. â€œWeâ€™d like to keep the design simple and approachable for the production car,â€ Iwaki-san told TopGear.com. â€œBut some elements of the initial design must go for legislative reasons.â€
While the overall design would be the same as the concept, a few elements such as the wraparound interior screens could be ditched for cost reasons. Also, expect a more conventional cabin with five-seats as well as a set of wing mirrors and normal doors.
Reiterating what it might look like, the urban EV will stand shorter than the Jazz. Honda has derived retro-inspired design cues from a time when cars had actual visibility and didnâ€™t bamboozle with complex lines. While there have been little details about the powertrain, we are hedging our bets that it will be a simple front-wheel drive with a small capacity and smaller range. But considering that Nissanâ€™s Leaf returns a mileage of 281km, Honda could aim at surpassing the same.
The Urban EV is based on an all-new platform that is expected to be seen on a majority of Hondaâ€™s future cars. If you may remember, a few months after the Urban EV, came the Sports EV. Unfortunately, Iwaki-san confirmed to us that there are currently no plans to take that into production, as it was very much a concept.
â€œIâ€™d like to make a supercar,â€ Iwaki-san said. â€œItâ€™s not impossible for us to create a super sports car variant in this design. All you have to do is look back to the past to 60s racecars, they had a similar, approachable, beautiful shape â€“ so itâ€™s not impossible.â€