Near-Production Honda Urban EV To Debut At Geneva Motor Show

Lovers of retro-styled electric cars, rejoice! Honda is said to bring a near-production concept of the Urban EV at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

A source close to the company told Autοnews Europe that the Urban EV debuting in Geneva will be in a near-production form (likely badged as “Prototype”). According to the same unnamed person, the full production model will arrive half a year later at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale in early 2020.

Interestingly, it is unlikely to be called the Urban. Whatever the name, the city car will be Honda’s first all-electric vehicle available in Europe. If the report is accurate, that would make the Urban EV’s gestation period unusually short — only two years would have passed since its reveal in concept form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and its debut as a production model at the same venue’s 2019 edition.

The first sighting of a development prototype last year confirmed the production car will look a lot like the study, which is about 100 mm (3.93 in) shorter than the Jazz subcompact. However, it will have five doors instead of three and will switch from four to five seats for obvious practicality reasons.

The doors will also be front hinged as opposed to rear hinged on the study but other than that the production version will stick really close to the concept styling-wise. Honda remains tight-lipped about the powertrain but it is known the vehicle will use a new dedicated electric platform.

Honda forecasts sales of around 5,000 units a year for its first all-electric car available in Europe. The model will compete with models such as the Renault Zoe, VW e-up! and other upcoming rivals from Opel (Corsa) and Citroën (C1). The EV will play an important role in Honda’s plan to electrify two-thirds of its vehicles sold in Europe by 2025.

 

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  • This has my name on it! It should be a hoot to drive looking at the size vs electric power!

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Looks like this is the best thing to come out of Japan in a very long time.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I think that this is going to Subaru in the cold light of day.

    • EM1

      huh?

      • Knotmyrealname

        I think he means it’ll look nothing like the concept.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        The concept looks amazing. The production version? I have great misgivings about.

        • Knotmyrealname

          The concept looks like a concept, and I thought it looked pretty OK, but you could see that the production version would have to look vastly different. Glad they kept the rear view cameras though.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            The concept looked great. Apart from the interior and overly large wheels I don’t see why the rest couldn’t make production.

          • Knotmyrealname

            The concept looked like a 3D representation of a wishful, whimsical sketch, quite some distance from reality. ‘Subaru style’ if you please.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Of all the recent concepts I have seen, this looked the most realistic to these eyes.

  • TheBelltower

    I would love a nerdy little EV like this.

  • Zizou

    The 80 – 90’s design with modern touch. It seems interesting.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I truly hope the lights will look more like the concept cause the completely round lights look a bit awkward.

  • FIVE SEATS? SOUNDS MORE LIKE A CLOWN CAR THAN A CITY CAR.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’m super excited for this little car.

  • Fabio P

    But why do not they also hybrid alternatively the electric ???? So there is no choice.

  • Ben

    The Japanese have already crossed me by not offering the new Jimny here in the states. If this is truly the production variant of the “Urban EV” and isn’t offered in the states, I’m showing up at doorsteps with a bat.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Those tiny mirrors are definitely not making it to the final product.

  • SteersUright

    Looking very cute and charming for the masses. For me, there better be a tougher looking performance oriented version or I’d have no interest in this. I could see my mom wanting one though.

  • Enter Ranting

    Honda is gonna sell a billion of these. Now, produce the low-slung coupe/sports version.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    oh god honda is trying to sell southeast asian brio in europe. At least it looks better than brio

    • Krisnadi Imam

      well… they could have a hit on their hand if they model the brio like this… Ignis sells, i bet this version of brio would do well

  • XtremWize

    Americans only buy boring SUVs …

  • Yishay

    Finally bringing back the Honda in Honda. Welcome back we’ve missed you since the 90’s.

    • Marty

      Yes! I really hope they bring this design language to their other products too.

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