Honda will reveal a new production prototype of its cute electric city car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
One of the most memorable new models shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show was the adorable Honda Urban EV Concept, a cute little city car that mixes retro styling with a modern electric powertrain. After receiving such a positive reception, Honda confirmed the Urban EV will enter production and go on sale this year. We're keeping our fingers crossed it will be sold Stateside because we're utterly besotted with it.
Honda has now confirmed it will show a new prototype of the Urban EV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March previewing the upcoming production model. As expected, a teaser image released by the automaker confirms the production model will be heavily inspired by the original concept’s clean, compact design. It retains the concept’s round LED headlights, black grille, and rearview cameras instead of traditional side mirrors. There will, however, be a few key changes.
Last year, spy photos confirmed the production Honda Urban EV will have five doors instead of three to make it a practical city car. The concept's suicide doors also won’t carry over, and the front looks more rounded on the production model.
"Honda’s new electric vehicle is developed with a focus on functionality and purpose and the prototype sketch demonstrates this through its clean, simple and unique design,” the automaker said. "The image highlights a clear link to Honda’s Urban EV Concept initially shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.”
The debut of Honda’s new electric prototype vehicle will preview its "Electric Vision,” in which two thirds of its European sales will feature electrified technology by 2025. A production version of the electric prototype will go on sale "later in the year.”
No technical details were released, but the production version of the Honda Urban EV is expected to deliver a range of 155-217 miles. Powertrain details are still a mystery, though. Chances are the final production model will debut in Frankfurt this September, two years after the original concept was revealed.