Production 2020 Honda e Bows With RWD, 0-100 KM/H In 8 Sec

We already knew that the Honda e Prototype was going to be 99 percent identical to the production car – and now we have official confirmation.

The carmaker has released the first images of the e in final mass production form, and the EV looks just like the pre-production concept that previewed it. The Honda e will debut officially at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

Honda will offer two electric motor options, one delivering 100 kW (136 PS / 134 hp) and the other 113 kW (154 PS / 152 hp) and a peak torque of 315 Nm (232 lb-ft), with the latter being quite brisk, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 8 seconds.

The battery has a capacity of 35.5 kWh and is described by the automaker as one of the most compact in its class. Despite that, it delivers a range of up to 220 km (137 miles) from a single charge which Honda believes is “perfect for every day urban commuting.” Thanks to fast-charging capability, the battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes.

Given the rear-wheel-drive setup, the Honda e promises a responsive and fun experience on the road, with a sporty and connected feel.

As promised, the rearview cameras and pop-out door handles have made it to the production car, giving the Honda e an upscale, futuristic look. The Side Camera Mirror System is a first in the compact segment and Honda claims it brings “significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.”

The interior has remained true to the Honda e Prototype as well boasting a five-screen full-width digital dashboard and connected infotainment system. The dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens acting as the primary infotainment displays treat the driver and the front passenger equally ensuring they can enjoy the same connectivity and comfort.

Artificial intelligence is also present onboard courtesy of the Honda Personal Assistant service which uses “unique contextual understanding to create natural conversations and provide access to a range of online services.” The user can activate the Honda Personal Assistant by saying, “OK Honda”, followed by the question or instruction.

Also read: Honda E RWD Electric Prototype Gets Put To The Test By F1 Driver

While away from the car, owners can still remain connected to it using the My Honda+ smartphone app which allows access to vehicle status reports, battery charge control, range monitor, remote climate control, as well as security and location monitoring. The app also enables users to lock and unlock the car.

Reservations for priority ordering online are currently open in the UK, Germany, France, and Norway. Prices haven’t been announced yet.

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  • Coup85

    It doesn’t need to go faster than that.

  • Knotmyrealname

    ..And this is how NOT to take a car from concept to reality. Honda, go and talk to the Nissan Juke team.

    • WVWZZZ

      What!? This is literally the same as the concept car!

      • McFly

        The difference is actually quite big.
        But they managed to put “make up” on a quite ordinary small car to make it look close enough to the concept. Personally, I’m just happy that clean lines are back in fashion. I don’t have any problems with the production vehicle not looking like a Playmobil toy 🙂

        • Coup85

          Is truth, is curious how just a few details can make such a difference, (the proportions on the hood, the shape of the C-Pillar, the wheel arches)… still I think with a body kit can be improve it, wheel arches + big wheels and I think you can improve it a little.

        • i kinda prefer the updates, especially the rims

        • Six_Tymes

          yep, he must be blind to not see the difference. The concept is so awesome. the production version, yeah, its cute.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Too bland for me.
            Opportunity missed.

        • ctk4949

          Well they had to make it a 4D, if they really wanted to sell them. The wheels/arches and the location of the side view mirror had to go. The front is pretty much the same. Maybe a little longer on the prototype. I think the matte white looks better on the prototype compared to the glossy white.

        • SgtBeavis

          Moving the opening edge of the bonnet down into the fender made them also lower the break line along the body. It doesn’t look quite right. The black roof doesn’t look right as it extends over the c-pillar. It doesn’t look quite right. Finally, the revised C-pillar should have matched the curve on the concept. Instead they filled that corner with a bit of DLO and changed the curve be more angular. That doesn’t go well with a car that is anything but angular.

          I still like the car, but it’s still not as cool looking as the concept.

      • Knotmyrealname

        You need to trade in your guide dog.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Did you really expect the concept’s 20″+ wheels to make it to production on a city car?

  • MarketAndChurch

    I wish they made a two-door version as a Mini Cooper / Paceman alternative. Looks solid, sadly we probably won’t get it in the US.

  • Diego

    really nice, thanks Honda to do different things.

    • Bash

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • HD

    Cannot think of a better car in urban environment. The range is fine too, but initial reports about the price are not very promising.

  • mist

    The 154 PS RWD Honda doesn’t accelerate faster than the 136 PS FWD Peugeot 208. Congrats Honda… Not. By the way, the 208 has a 50% longer range at 340 km, charges at a real fast 100 kW, has 3D digital instrument cluster, and is cheaper.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I’d trust an electric Honda over an electric ANYTHING made by the French.

      • mist

        French have a good, if not excellent reliability. Said by UK and foreign owners and surveys.

  • Ben

    I really love this little car! I would gladly purchase one if available in the US.

    • Leconte Dave

      American dont like small cars sadly. Maybe they will launch a bigger version in North America

      • ME

        I have a feeling that the EV Sport coupe will make it here under the Prelude name

        • Enter Ranting

          From your lips to God’s ears…

          • ME

            Hope it comes true!

      • Six_Tymes

        my guess is, it will be in the US eventually.

  • Six_Tymes

    The concept was WAY BETTER, (except for the over sized wheels), the concept was much more sportier and aggressive. This is cute as a button though.

  • Hi I am Zako

    I really really want one

  • ace_9

    It probably weights two tons judging by the shockingly bad acceleration to power ratio. So bye bye sporty driving. Swift sport is a better and cheaper option, even including price for gas for 6+ years.

    • Blinka Bot

      This is a family car
      The new Generation of things to come
      That Cute car is Mother-E

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’m sorry, but that is such a generic name for this car.

  • Richard Taylor

    There’s something in that 5% that has changed it, but I’ll be looking forward to seeing these zip around the streets of Amsterdam where I live. Tesla, Renault, BMW, Mitsubishi and Nissan’s electric offerings are numerous here. I hope this will be too.

  • Richard Alexander

    I thought only Tesla could make electric cars.

  • SteersUright

    Can’t wait for the Si and Type-R!!

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  • Six_Tymes

    cute as a button. but the concept was much better.

  • db

    Does that dashboard screen look a little too busy? I think it might be hard to keep your eyes on the road.

  • cat

    Top speed? maybe 150 km/h

  • Dredd2

    looks like an ugly kid’s toy

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